Nutrition and physical activity best practices database; Department of Education to develop. (SB61)

Introduced By

Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Board of Education; best practices database. Requires the Board of Education to develop a database of local school divisions' best practices regarding nutrition and physical education, including results of wellness-related fitness assessments. The database shall be accessible to all local school divisions and the Department of Health, and no school division shall be required to submit information to the database. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/21/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 084039248
12/21/2007Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/10/2008Reported from Education and Health (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/11/2008Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/14/2008Read second time and engrossed
01/15/2008Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/15/2008Communicated to House
01/23/2008Impact statement from DPB (SB61)
02/11/2008Placed on Calendar
02/11/2008Read first time
02/11/2008Referred to Committee on Education
02/18/2008Reported from Education with amendments (22-Y 0-N)
02/19/2008Read second time
02/20/2008Read third time
02/20/2008Committee amendments agreed to
02/20/2008Engrossed by House as amended
02/20/2008Passed House with amendments BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
02/20/2008VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N)
02/22/2008House amendments agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/26/2008Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB61ER)
02/26/2008Signed by Speaker
02/28/2008Impact statement from DPB (SB61ER)
02/28/2008Signed by President
03/05/2008G Approved by Governor-Chapter 398 (effective 7/1/08)
03/14/2008G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0398)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB246.


David Ruiz writes:

Children these days are overweight, it is very disappointing. In all reality it ticks me off to see kids out of shape and unhealthy. I believe that it leads to depression, low self-esteem, and much more negative repercussions. I walk down the halls in high school everyday and I see a generation that is being torn down because they stuff their face so much with unhealthy foods. I believe that this bill is a great proposal, but not only should the school be getting involved the parents should also. Keep the parents informed so they can take part in their child's well being. The database should be mandatory and used to evaluate the student’s progress and available to the parents. The students will be identified by their student I.D. number for privacy.

After evaluating the information gathered, the teachers should sit one on one with their student and help them set up a plan to stick to so they can get in shape or stay in shape.
Begin this in the middle schools where the time is available for this to be processed and completed. Start in the 1st quarter and evaluate the student at the end of every quarter. The results in the end should be positive as long as the motivation, support and encouragement are given to the student.