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Bill:FD SB 39 - HeLP America Act
Summary:Would support fruits and vegetables in schools, establish guidelines for healthier food marketing to kids, require sodium reduction in processed and restaurant foods, implement consistent front-of-pack labeling, require healthier food on federal property and national parks, and address other nutrition, physical activity, and tobacco efforts.
Sponsor(s):Senator Tom Harkin (D - IA)
As of 2/4/2013: Read twice, referred to the Committee on Finance

Bill:FD SB 976 - Fit to Serve Act
Summary:Would provide for education of potential military recruits on healthy body weight and to facilitate and encourage exercise in potential military recruits, and for other purposes.
Sponsor(s):Senator Mark Udall (D - CO)
As of 5/24/2013: Introduced, referred to Committee on Armed Services

Bill:FD HR 3516 - Improve health care for veterans
Summary:To improve health care furnished by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense by increasing access to complementary and alternative medicine and other approaches to wellness and preventive care, and for other purposes.
Sponsor(s):Representative Tim Ryan (D - OH)
As of 11/20/2013: Introduced, referred to Committees on Veterans' Affairs, and Armed Services

Bill:CONG HR 4427 - Proposed grants to enhance nutritional curricula in medical schools
Summary:Due to high rates of obesity, overweight, and prediabetes -- and $190 billion spent annually on obesity-related healthcare costs, Congress proposes providing funding for a grants program to develop and enhance integrated nutrition curricula in medical schools.
Sponsor(s):Rep. Tim Ryan (D)
As of 4/28/2014: For status updates, visit the federal legislature's website.

Bill:FD 2013 S 1950
Summary:Would improve the provision of medical services and benefits to veterans. Would create a program on health promotion for overweight and obese veterans through support of fitness center memberships. The Secretary of Veterans Affairs would, through the National Center for Preventive Health, carry out a program to assess the feasibility and advisability of promoting health in covered veterans, including achieving a healthy weight and reducing risks of chronic disease, through support for fitness center members
Sponsor(s):Senator Bernie Sanders (Vermont, Independent)
As of 2/3/2014: For status updates, visit the federal legislature's website.

Bill:CONG US HRES 527 - Support for National Public Health Week
Summary:Would encourage the House of representatives to support the goals and ideals of National Public Health Week; recognize the efforts of public health professionals, the Federal Government, States, Tribes, municipalities, local communities, and individuals in preventing disease and injury; recognize the role of public health in improving the health of people in the United States; encourage increased efforts and resources to improve the health of people in the United States to create the healthiest nation in on
Sponsor(s):Lucille Royal-Allard (D)
As of 4/3/2014: For status updates, please visit the legislator's website.

Bill:CONG US HR 4820 - Amend Public Health Service Act
Summary:Would amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for a national program to conduct and support activities toward the goal of significantly reducing the number of cases of overweight and obesity among individuals in the United States.
Sponsor(s):Eleanor Holmes Norton (D)
As of 6/13/2014: For status updates, visit the state legislature's website.

Bill:CONG US HR 4765 - Expand innovative food distribution project
Summary:Would address childhood obesity by creating or expanding an innovative food distribution project that aim to (1) serve an area in which residents have low income, or an area that is a food desert or food swamp, (2) is not a supermarket-based project, (3) provides for the free or low-cost delivery of fresh fruits and vegetables to food recipients who participate in such project, (4) provides for the acquisition of produce trucks to distribute food to such recipients without a delivery charge and without any
Sponsor(s):Senator Marcia Fudge (D)
As of 6/13/2014: For status updates, visit the Congressional legislative website.