The Role of the Federal Government in Promoting Health through the Schools: Opening Statement of Senator Carl Levin
Opening Statement of Senator Carl, Levin, Chairman, Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, Committee on Governmental Affairs, U.S. Senate, at Hearing on Healthy Schools, Healthy Children, Healthy Futures: The Role of the Federal Government in Promoting Child Health Though the Schools, November 14, 1991.
For our children to be ready to learn, they need healthy, well-nourished bodies. Today, children face a world where the issues and pressures about their bodies are increasingly complex. Parents, of course, still experience the same worries that their children are not eating right or getting enough exercise, but now, sadly, we must add drug and substance abuse, teen-age pregnancy, the possibility of sexually transmitted disease and school violence to the list. Being and staying healthy involves paying attention to many other factors in addition to nutrition and exercise.
The federal government supports more than 100 different programs that involve health promotion through schools, and more than 30 clearinghouses and information centers. The number of programs and information sources is both encouraging and discouraging. While the number of programs evidences a serious interest in addressing child health promotion through schools, the multiplicity of programs suggests disorganization and wasted resources. …