Early Childhood Nutrition and Fitness: A Foundation for Lifelong Health

Testimony to the House Human Services Committee in Favor of HB 1808


When children are healthy during the first years of life, they are more likely to maintain a healthy weight throughout their childhood, be successful in school, and achieve lifelong health. Unfortunately, Texas children as young as two are already on track to grow up at an unhealthy weight. With the majority of young Texas children spending much of the day in child care settings, child care providers play an essential role in helping young children develop healthy habits for the future. Texans Care for Children firmly supports HB 1808 because it takes specific steps to update and clarify minimum standards for nutrition and active play — areas already regulated through child care licensing standards — to ensure more children have a healthy start.