School Health

School Health sub-topics

Health and PE High School Graduation Requirements
Bill # Author Status Brief Description Past Bills (2011)
SB 134 Sen. Jane Nelson FAILED;
Referred to Education
Reinstates ½ credit of Health as a requirement for high school graduation (was eliminated in 2009); returns the Physical Education graduation requirement to 1.5 credits (was reduced to 1 credit in 2009). SB 186 Failed to pass; left pending in Education Committee.
HB 275 Rep. Carol Alvarado FAILED;
Referred to Public Education
Returns the Physical Education graduation requirement to 1.5 credits (was reduced to 1 credit in 2009). HB 281 Failed to pass; left pending in Public Health Committee.
HB 276 Rep. Carol Alvarado FAILED;
Referred to Public Education
Reinstates ½ credit of Health as a requirement for high school graduation (was eliminated in 2009). HB 280 Failed to pass; left pending in Public Health Committee.
HB 2431 Rep. Jim Murphy FAILED;
Referred to Public Education
Removes the need for Texas Education Agency approval of off campus physical education credits.

Resources

1. Texas Education Agency website: Texas High School Graduation Requirements
2. Report (2012): Revenue Neutral Policy Solutions to Youth Fitness Problems in Texas (PDF)
3. Report (2010): Stuck in the Middle: The False Choice Between Health & Education in Texas Middle Schools (PDF)
4. The 2012 Shape of the Nation Report: Status of Physical Education in the USA

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Coordinated School Health and Student Fitness Assessment
Bill # Author Status Brief Description Past Bills (2011)
SB 1 Sen. Tommy Williams Passed Senate & House; signed by the Governor Allocates $5 million to fund the FitnessGram Program for the 2014-2015 biennium; for the purposes of physical fitness assessments and related analysis.
HB 1156 Rep. Dennis Bonnen FAILED;
Left pending in Public Education
Eliminates student fitness testing.
SB 684 Sen. Robert “Bob” Deuell FAILED;
Passed Senate
; Referred to Public Education; out of committee
Eliminates the requirement, making it optional, that a school district assess the physical fitness of students. Companion Bill: HB 2052
Bill substitute: fitness testing remains mandatory, but limits the grades in which a student is required to be tested.
HB 2052 Rep. Larry Phillips FAILED;
Referred to Public Education
Identical to SB 684
SB 65 Sen. Jane Nelson FAILED;
Passed Senate
; No action taken in Public Education
Creates a program that formally recognizes healthy schools for successfully implementing programs that encourage student health and fitness. SB 224 Failed to pass; passed Senate but died on the House floor.
HB 2477 Rep. Carol Alvarado FAILED;
Referred to Public Education
Includes mental health concerns as part of the coordinated school health program guidelines. Companion Bill: SB 1352.
SB 1352 Sen. Judith Zaffirini FAILED;
Passed
 Senate
; Referred to Public Education; out of committee
Identical to HB 2477.
HB 2483 Rep. Carol Alvarado Passed House & Senate; signed by the Governor Adds oral health education as part of the coordinated school health program guidelines.

Resources

1. See Resources above.
2. MSD Center Blog: Mapping Child Health in Texas
3. Texas Comptroller’s Obesity web portal: Reshaping Texas
4. Cooper Institute website: About FitnessGram student fitness testing

Physical Activity in School
Bill # Author Status Brief Description Past Bills (2011)
HB 277 Rep. Carol Alvarado FAILED;
Referred to Public Education
Extends current physical activity requirements in middle school (6th, 7th, and 8th grade) from 4 of 6 semesters to all 6 semesters of middle school. Companion Bill: SB 525 SB 185 Failed to pass; left pending in Education Committee
SB 525 Sen. José Rodríguez FAILED;
Referred to Education
Identical to HB 277
HB 1018 Rep. Diane Patrick Passed House & Senate; signed by the Governor Requires Campus Improvement Plans include goals to increase physical activity and improve fitness among students. Similar bill SB 225 Failed to pass; left pending in Education Committee

Resources

1. See Resources above.
2. MSD Center Blog: Kids’ Fitness Habits Established Early in Life

Regulating Foods Sold & Marketed in Public Schools
Bill # Author Status Brief Description Past Bills (2011)
HB 217 Rep. Carol Alvarado

Passed House & Senate; VETOED by Governor

Restricts the types of beverages that can be sold to students (grades K-8) during the school day to water with no added sweeteners, milk with fat content of 1% or less, milk substitutes, 100% fruit / vegetable juices. Electrolyte replacement beverages may be provided at the discretion of a coach to students engaged in certain vigorous activity. Would take effect in 2014-2015 school year. Companion Bill: SB 317 HB 127 Failed to pass; Passed House but left pending in Senate Education Committee.
SB 317 Sen. Carlos Uresti FAILED;
No action taken in Education
Identical to HB 217.
SB 1785 Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. FAILED;
Referred to Education
Directs the Texas School Health Advisory Committee to conduct a study regarding the use of commercial advertisements on public school property.
SB 1786 Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. FAILED;
Referred to Education
Places stricter nutrition guidelines on “competitive foods” sold in schools.

Resources

1. MSD Center Blog: Fat times at Ridgemont High – Who wants junk food back in schools?
2. Institute of Medicine Fact Sheet: Marketing What Matters for a Healthy Life (PDF)
3. USDA Newsroom: USDA Proposes Standards to Provide Healthy Food Options in Schools.
4. Institute of Medicine Report: Challenges and Opportunities for Change in Food Marketing to Children and Youth

Providing Meals to Public School Children
Bill # Author Status Brief Description Past Bills (2011)
HB 296 Rep. Eddie Rodriguez FAILED;
Referred to Public Education; out of committee
Schools in which 80 percent or more students qualify for a free or reduced-price breakfast must provide breakfast to each student during school hours. Companion Bill: SB 376 HB 642 Failed to pass; left pending in Public Education
SB 376 Sen. Eddie Lucio Passed Senate & House; signed by the Governor Identical to HB 296.

Resources

1. Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) website: School breakfast program overview and facts
2. FRAC resource: Breakfast in the classroom (PDF)