- Establishes the United States Council on Overweight & Obesity Prevention;
- Improves access to nutrition counseling and other services for people on Medicare and Medicaid;
- Establishes a grant fund for various entities like schools, universities, community centers, etc. to do anti-obesity work (could be a great way to start a charter school for obese kids!); and
- Develops and expands the Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.
I haven't read the bill yet, but at first glance, it's fascinating. I'm not sure about the need to create another bureaucratic structure, but I do like more access to nutrition counseling for poor people and the elderly, and the grants especially. I'm going to a conference next week on public service, and I wish I'd known about this to make it my policy topic instead of what I selected (though I like the other topic too - Legal Aid restrictions.)
Apparently Sen. Bingaman introduced another version of this bill in the previous Congress. I'm not sure if there were any policy differences. He had no co-sponsors, and it never got out of the HELP Committee. I wonder if it will have more juice now, with obesity an even hotter topic than it was last year?