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Jackson to Present Anti-Obesity Measure


Thursday, March 28, 2013
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State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson will present an obesity-fighting measure to the education committee on 4/10 that proposes standards for physical activity, “screen time,” and nutrition at publicly funded day cares and after-school programs. Jackson said that Senate Bill 464 — which limits the time looking at computer or television screens for kids between 2 and 5 to an hour a day and none at all for those younger — will save money in health-care costs and improve the quality of life for children. “This is just common sense,” she said.

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Question for Sen. Jackson: given your important support for this much-needed law [see second paragraph], what is your public position on Sen. D. Sternberg's bill to allow PRIVATE COMPANIES to offer on-line courses at UC?? I would assume you would oppose this Romney-esque idea, and influence your Assembly colleague Das Williams to oppose it. These courses, not taught by UC faculty, will also add even more screen-time for older students and add to the sickening privatization of our public universities.
The proposed bill is truly an important and needed law, and I salute Hannah Beth for pushing it. Sen. Bill 464 sets limits on screen time for kids at publicly funded child care programs. It is much more than an anti-obesity measure: many studies show American children (whether in publicly funded areas or not) are facing screens up to 7 hours daily on average.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
March 30, 2013 at 9:34 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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