Talking with young people about healthy living - exercise, nutrition and weight

12/6/2011, 6:07 p.m.
State Rep. Jeffrey...

The Department of Public Health and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education are currently implementing the state’s new school nutrition law which will have an impact on approximately one million school children in the Commonwealth.

“We are aiming to ensure that all children in Massachusetts’ public schools are provided healthy foods and beverages that will enhance learning, contribute to their healthy growth and development and cultivate lifelong healthy behaviors,” said Kate Millett, executive director of the Office of Nutrition, Health, and Safety programs at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Rep. Walsh, also a chair of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing said, “Educating young people about how their overall health will benefit from physical activity, good nutrition and healthy weight will help them to lead healthier and more productive lives, and push back against preventable diseases like diabetes and heart disease.”

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