Obesity

Obesity & Built Environment sub-topics

General obesity-related bills

Bill # Author Status Brief Description Past Bills (2013)
HB 711 Rep. Richard Pena Raymond Referred to Public Health; out of committee
Failed to Pass.
Would create childhood health program grants, to be managed by the Department of State Health Services, to support programs related to childhood health, fitness, and obesity. The program would be entirely funded by gifts, grants, or donations; the legislature is explicitly prevented from appropriating money to the fund. Similar bill HB 128 which allowed legislature to fund the program, Failed to pass; referred to Human Services.
SB 1374 Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. Referred to Health & Human Services
Failed to Pass.
Would direct multiple state agencies to develop strategic plans to address hunger, food, nutrition, and obesity in Texas. Similar bill SB 924 failed to pass; died in Agriculture, Rural Affairs & Homeland Security.
SB 1476 Sen. Sylvia Garcia Referred to Health & Human Services
Failed to Pass.
Would direct multiple state agencies to develop strategic plans to address hunger, food, nutrition, physical activity, and obesity in Texas. Similar bill SB 924 failed to pass; died in Agriculture, Rural Affairs & Homeland Security.

General Obesity Resources

  1. Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention (2012); report from the Institute of Medicine

Breastfeeding

Bill # Author Status Brief Description Past Bills (2013)
HB 232 Rep. Jessica Farrar Referred to Business & Industry; out of committee
Failed to Pass.
Would promote breast-feeding and prohibit against interference with or restriction of the right to breast-feed. Similar bill HB 1706 Failed to pass; died on House floor.
SB 26 Sen. Judith Zaffirini Referred to Business & Commerce
Failed to Pass.
Would direct state agencies to attain the Mother-Friendly designation, which involves developing policies to provide time and place for mothers to express milk and store it for their babies.
HB 786 Rep. Armando Walle Signed into law by Governor Would require public employers to adopt workplace rules that give employees the right to express breast milk at work. HB 741 Passed House, but died in Senate.

Breastfeeding Resources

  1. Exclusive breastfeeding to reduce the risk of childhood overweight and obesity; summary and library of references from the World Health Organization.
  2. Healthy Texas Babies; webpage with information on workplace breastfeeding, including links to best practices, from the Texas Department of State Health Services

Active Transportation and Built Environment

Bill # Author Status Brief Description Past Bills (2013)
HB 1136 Rep. Celia Israel Referred to Transportation; out of committee
Failed to Pass.
Would create a committee of diverse membership to study methods that the Texas Dept. of Transportation could use to improve the safety of all travelers, including pedestrians and bicyclists, for state or federally funded transportation projects.

Resources for Active Transportation and Built Environment

  1. Active Transportation: Making the Link from Transportation to Physical Activity and Obesity; research brief from Active Living Research
  2. Our Kids Want to Walk the Walk! findings from the Texas Child Obesity Prevention Policy Evaluation project