Healthier schools, healthier children
By Joshua Kolko
Kudos to the D.C. Council and, especially council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3), for championing the Healthy Schools Act.
As a family physician on the front lines of this city’s battle against childhood obesity, I know that these changes to school cuisine and school-time exercise would go far to improve the health and future of D.C. children. I urge the rest of the country to pay close attention to our city’s leadership on this issue and follow suit. This is government at its finest: crafting pragmatic, thoughtful, intelligent legislation that can improve our children’s health the moment they set foot in the classroom.
And I further urge the council to pay for this excellent program with a soda tax, a fitting source of revenue with negligible impact on our wallets.
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