Law:Title 2. Health. Subtitle E. Health Care Councils And Resource Centers from Chapter 114. Interagency Obesity Council (Texas)

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Subtitle E. Health Care Councils And Resource Centers

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Chapter 114. Interagency Obesity Council

Section 114.001.  Definition.

In this chapter, "council" means the interagency obesity council created by this chapter.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 509, Sec. 1, eff. June 16, 2007.

Amended by:

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1212, Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.



Section 114.002.  Interagency Obesity Council.

The council is composed of the commissioner of agriculture, the commissioner of state health services, and the commissioner of education, or a staff member designated by each of those commissioners.

Amended by:

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1212, Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.



Section 114.003.  Contracts For Assistance.

The council may contract with a private or public university to assist in gathering information under this chapter.

Amended by:

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1212, Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.



Section 114.004.  Gifts And Grants.

An agency represented on the council may accept gifts and grants on behalf of the council.

Amended by:

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1212, Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.



Section 114.005.  Review Of Agency Programs.

The council shall review the status of the programs of the Department of Agriculture, the Department of State Health Services, and the Texas Education Agency that promote better health and nutrition and prevent obesity among children and adults in this state.

Amended by:

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1212, Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.



Section 114.006.  Evidence-based Public Health Awareness Plan.

(a) The council shall create an evidence-based public health awareness plan.  In creating the plan, the council shall explore past successful public health awareness efforts.

(b)  The plan must include:

(1)  a cost estimate that accounts for continuing implementation of the plan;

(2)  recommendations on reaching populations that would most benefit from increased public health awareness; and

(3)  recommendations on encouraging employers to participate in wellness programs for employees.

(c)  The council shall solicit input on the plan from the private sector.

(d)  The council shall provide to the Department of State Health Services information on effective strategies for employers to use to promote workplace wellness, including information on the projected costs and benefits.  The Department of State Health Services shall post the information on its Internet website.

Amended by:

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1212, Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.



Section 114.007.  Reports.

(a) Not later than January 15 of each odd-numbered year, the council shall submit a report to the governor, the lieutenant governor, and the speaker of the house of representatives on the activities of the council under Sections 114.005 and 114.006 during the preceding two calendar years.

(b)  A report submitted by the council under Subsection (a) must include the following information regarding discussions of agency programs under Section 114.005:

(1)  a list of the programs within each agency represented on the council that are designed to promote better health and nutrition;

(2)  an assessment of the steps taken by each program during the preceding two calendar years;

(3)  a report of the progress made by taking these steps in reaching each program's goals;

(4)  the areas of improvement that are needed in each program; and

(5)  recommendations for future goals or legislation.

(c)  A report submitted by the council under Subsection (a) must include the following information regarding the evidence-based public health awareness plan under Section 114.006:

(1)  a cost estimate for an ongoing program to implement the plan;

(2)  projected benefits of the program;

(3)  a summary of the information provided to the Department of State Health Services for its Internet website; and

(4)  recommendations for goals and future legislation.

Amended by:

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1212, Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.



Section 114.008.  Meetings. (a)

The council shall meet at least once each year to perform its duties under Sections 114.005 and 114.006.

(b)  A meeting held under this chapter is not subject to the provisions of the open meetings law, Chapter 551, Government Code.

Amended by:

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1212, Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.


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