Law:Title 2. Health. Subtitle E. Health Care Councils And Resource Centers from Chapter 115. Early Childhood Health And Nutrition Interagency Council (Texas)

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Subtitle E. Health Care Councils And Resource Centers

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Chapter 115. Early Childhood Health And Nutrition Interagency Council

Section 115.001.  Definition.

In this chapter, "council" means the Early Childhood Health and Nutrition Interagency Council.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 733, Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.



Section 115.002.  Application Of Sunset Act.

The Early Childhood Health and Nutrition Interagency Council is subject to Chapter 325, Government Code (Texas Sunset Act).  Unless continued in existence as provided by that chapter, the council is abolished and this chapter expires September 1, 2019.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 733, Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.



Section 115.003.  Composition Of Council; Presiding Officer.

(a) The Department of Agriculture shall establish the Early Childhood Health and Nutrition Interagency Council.  The council is composed of eight members as follows:

(1)  a representative of the Health and Human Services Commission who is involved in the coordination of children's programs, appointed by the executive commissioner of the Health and Human Services Commission;

(2)  a representative of the Department of State Health Services' health promotion and chronic disease prevention programs, appointed by the commissioner of state health services;

(3)  a representative of the Department of State Health Services' Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, appointed by the commissioner of state health services;

(4)  a representative of the Texas Workforce Commission, appointed by the executive director of the Texas Workforce Commission;

(5)  a representative of the Department of Agriculture, appointed by the commissioner of agriculture;

(6)  a representative of the Texas Education Agency's school health programs, appointed by the commissioner of education;

(7)  a representative of the Department of Family and Protective Services' Child Care Licensing Division, appointed by the commissioner of the Department of Family and Protective Services; and

(8)  a representative of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, appointed by the director of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service.

(b)  The representative appointed under Subsection (a)(5) shall serve as the presiding officer of the council.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 733, Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.



Section 115.004.  Department Duties.

The Department of Agriculture shall provide staff and resources as necessary for the operation of the council.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 733, Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.



Section 115.005.  Terms; Vacancy.

(a) Members of the council serve two-year terms, with the terms expiring February 1 of each odd-numbered year.

(b)  A member may be reappointed.

(c)  A vacancy on the council shall be filled for the remainder of the unexpired term in the same manner as provided by Section 115.003(a).

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 733, Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.



Section 115.006.  Meetings.

(a) The council shall meet in person three times each year and may hold meetings by conference call as necessary.  The council shall invite stakeholders to participate in at least two council meetings each year and provide an opportunity for submission of oral or written testimony.  The council at a minimum shall invite:

(1)  one individual with expertise in early childhood nutrition and physical activity, such as a registered dietician, physical therapist, or physical education specialist;

(2)  one staff member or manager of a child-care facility;

(3)  one staff member or manager of a child-care facility operated in a private residence;

(4)  two individuals with medical experience in early childhood health, such as a family practice physician, registered nurse, nurse practitioner, pediatrician, or child health consultant;

(5)  one representative from a nonprofit organization that provides family or wellness services; and

(6)  one representative from an agency or organization with expertise in community health education and outreach, such as a local health department, public relations or marketing firm, or university.

(b)  Section 551.125, Government Code, applies to a meeting held by conference call under this section, except that Section 551.125(b), Government Code, does not apply.

(c) Expired.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 733, Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.



Section 115.007.  Council Powers And Duties.

(a) The council shall review current research to assess:

(1)  the health of children under the age of six in this state compared to the health of similar children in other states;

(2)  the significance of nutrition and physical activity in the development of children under the age of six; and

(3)  the existence of nutrition and physical activity requirements and practices in early childhood care settings.

(b)  The council shall review the status of the programs administered by each agency represented on the council that promote healthy nutrition and physical activity in early childhood care settings.

(c)  The council shall identify existing state and federal funding sources available for the promotion of health and nutrition in early childhood care settings.

(d)  The council shall consult with key stakeholders to identify:

(1)  barriers to improving nutrition and physical activity standards in early childhood care settings; and

(2)  evidence-based best practices for improving early childhood health through nutrition and physical activity.

(e)  The Department of Agriculture for the council may contract with a university to study and report on best practices and obstacles for addressing early childhood health through nutrition and physical activity.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 733, Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.



Section 115.008.  Compensation; Reimbursement.

(a) A member of the council may not receive compensation for service on the council.

(b)  A member may be reimbursed for the member's actual and necessary expenses for meals, lodging, transportation, and incidental expenses incurred while performing council business, subject to any applicable limitation on reimbursement prescribed by the General Appropriations Act.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 733, Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.



Section 115.009.  Early Childhood Nutrition And Physical Activity Plan.

(a) The council shall develop an early childhood nutrition and physical activity plan with a recommended timeline for implementation over a six-year period.

(b)  The six-year plan must account for stakeholder recommendations, address the financing, staffing, and training required to implement the plan, and include methods to:

(1)  increase fruit and vegetable consumption among children under the age of six;

(2)  increase daily structured and unstructured physical activity in early childhood care settings;

(3)  increase awareness among parents of the benefits of breast-feeding, healthy eating, and appropriate activity in children under the age of six;

(4)  facilitate the consumption of breast milk in early childhood care settings;

(5)  decrease malnutrition and undernourishment among children under the age of six; and

(6)  engage existing community and state resources and service providers to educate and increase the awareness of parents and caretakers regarding the need for proper nutrition.

(c) Expired.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 733, Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.



Section 115.010.  Gifts, Grants, And Donations.

The Department of Agriculture for the council may accept a gift, grant, or donation from any source to carry out the purposes of this chapter.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 733, Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.



Section 115.011.  Report.

The council shall submit to both houses of the legislature and the governor on or before November 1 of each even-numbered year a written report on:

(1)  the actions taken in furtherance of the six-year plan;

(2)  the areas that need improvement in implementing the six-year plan;

(3)  any change to the six-year plan; and

(4)  the programs and practices that address nutrition and physical activity in early childhood settings in this state.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 733, Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.



Section 115.012.  Rules.

The commissioner of agriculture may adopt rules necessary to implement this chapter.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 733, Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.


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