By Delegates Michael and Mezzatesta:
H. C. R. 9--"Joining with His Excellency, the Governor, in designating the month of February, 1996, as Food for Thought Month."
whereas, Food is the substance of which life is made and by which life is sustained; and
whereas, Good nutrition is recognized as an essential component of the learning process; and
whereas, Nutrition programs present a daily model for a healthy lifestyle for children in the Mountain State; and
whereas, Children who participate in the School Breakfast Program are shown to have significantly higher standardized achievement test scores than eligible nonparticipants; and
whereas, More than 179,000 students in West Virginia receive school lunch daily to help them stay healthy and alert and to help them learn better in school; and
whereas, Low income children depend on the School Lunch Program for one-third to one-half of their nutritional intake each day; and
whereas, Child nutrition programs serve more than 200,000 children a day and ensure that our children in the Mountain State are healthy and ready to learn; and
whereas, There is a need for additional nutrition education emphasizing the integration of dietary guidelines for children in daily food choices; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That this Legislature hereby joins with His Excellency, the Governor, in designating the month of February, 1996, as Food forThought Month in West Virginia and hereby encourages all citizens to recognize child nutrition programs that have served admirably through dedication to the health and well-being of our children; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates be directed to forward copies of its resolution to His Excellency, the Governor.