The Partnership Weighed in on Child Care Standards
Texas Health Groups Call on State to Improve Child Care Nutrition Standards
AUSTIN – This week a coalition of over 50 Texas organizations called on the state’s Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) to improve child care nutrition and physical activity standards, explaining that proper child care policies are a key ingredient in an effective state strategy for combating childhood obesity. As part of the rewrite of Texas child care standards that occurs once every six years, DFPS is finalizing the new standards for child care centers in the state.
“If Texas wants to cut health care costs, help students succeed in the classroom, and ensure more kids reach their potential, we need to put young children in a position to develop a healthy weight and healthy habits,” said Dr. David Lakey, chairman of the Partnership for a Healthy Texas, the coalition urging DFPS to take action. “Child care centers are a key member of the team for helping kids start off healthy and stay healthy.” Dr. Lakey previously served as the Commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services and currently serves as Chief Medical Officer and Associate Vice Chancellor for Population Health at the The University of Texas System.
Thank you to Texans Care for Children and Partnership Leaders for bringing a focus on health to this conversation. To read entire press release, click here
Karina Kling interviewed Adriana Kohler with Texans Care for Children on Capital Tonight. You can watch at the 14:40 mark here
You can also watch the KXAN story here
and read the Dallas Morning News story here