HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.C.R. NO.

37

TWENTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2002

H.D. 1

STATE OF HAWAII

 
   


HOUSE CONCURRENT

RESOLUTION

 

URGING THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TO INTRODUCe HEALTHFUL JUICES AND SNACKS ON HAWAII SCHOOL PREMISES.

 

 

WHEREAS, the admittedly popular soft drinks currently available in soda dispensers in Hawaii schools are virtually devoid of any nutritional value save sugar; and

WHEREAS, the high sugar content and lack of nutrients in these soft drinks, and sugar and fat content in many snacks consumed by student, are known risk factors for both dental caries and obesity; and

WHEREAS, the organic acids released by sugar-fermenting oral bacteria are recognized by dental authorities to be the primary cause of dental caries; and

WHEREAS, the state Department of Health recognizes the incidence of childhood caries in Hawaii to be among the highest in the nation; and

WHEREAS, a Hawaii Obesity Task Force was recently formed to deal with the skyrocketing incidence of obesity in Hawaii's school children; and

WHEREAS, childhood obesity commonly carries over into adult obesity; and

WHEREAS, adult obesity by itself is estimated to be the underlying cause of roughly 20 per cent of the annual trillion dollar U.S. medical budget; and

WHEREAS, The National Soft Drink Association declared sales totaling in excess of $54,000,000,000 in 1998 and the Chocolate Manufacturers Association and the National Confectioners Association reported sales of $23,500,000,000 in 1998; and

WHEREAS, the purveyors of these popular items are not held financially responsible for the health costs generated by their products' use in the State; and

WHEREAS, soft drink and candy companies are now underwriting some of the extracurricular expenses in Hawaii schools; and

WHEREAS, it is likely that both school children and school finances are now dependent on these unhealthy choices; now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the Twenty-first Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2002, the Senate concurring, that the Department of Education (DOE) and the Department of Health (DOH) are urged to gradually introduce more healthful snack and beverage choices to Hawaii's school children by negotiating with any company operating vending machines on Hawaii school premises to provide:

(1) At least one healthy juice (preferably vegetable juice, since it has a higher nutrient index and a lower cariogenic potential than fruit juice); and

(2) One healthy snack such as fresh fruit or trail mix in each machine,

as appropriate and as allowed by law; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that DOE and DOH are encouraged to ensure that snacks and beverages that are made available to students at public schools through sources other than vending machines are healthful as well; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that DOE is requested to submit a report to the Legislature by September 1, 2003, on progress made in negotiating more healthful choices in the vending machines and through other sources on Hawaii school premises; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Director of Health and the Superintendent and the Chairperson of the Board of Education.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Report Title:

Healthy Foods in Schools Dispensing Machines