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Beebe Says He Supports Changes to State's BMI Tracking Law

JANUARY 18, 2007 - Posted at 4:21 p.m. CST

 

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Governor Beebe says he would support changing a state law that requires schools to track students' body mass indices, an initiative backed by his predecessor, former Governor Mike Huckabee.

Beebe says his understanding is that children, "have unwanted negative reactions to being lableled a certain way."

Act 1220, passed in 2003, requires a body mass index screen for all public school students.

The law also calls for changes at schools, including banning the use of food as a reward, offering more fruits and vegetables on lunch menus, removing deep fryers and increasing the availability of low-fat and low-sugar beverages and snacks.

Beebe told reporters today that he thinks families need to play a greater role in tracking the health of their children.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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