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Senator Gordon Pushes for Diabetes Action Plan

A Senate committee passed a bill sponsored by the local Bergen/Passaic senator which would require the state Department of Health to develop a diabetes action plan.

Legislation sponsored by Bergen/Passaic Senatior Bob Gordon, which would require the state develop a plan to put attention towards helping people in New Jersey manage and prevent diabetes, passed the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee on Monday.

“Diabetes is a serious health issue in the United States.  It affects nearly one-out-of-nine residents here in New Jersey,” said Gordon who represents District 38 which includes New Milford. “It is time that we bring together state agencies and stakeholders and help develop a plan of action for the prevention and management of this disease.”

The legislation would require the state Department of Health to work with the Departments of Children and Families and Human Services to conduct biannual reports on the impact of diabetes on state programs and budgets, as well as the benefits of current programs to address diabetes, according to a statement released Monday.

It would also require the Department of Health to create an action plan to make recommendations for potential legislation, as well as to include detailed budget blueprints identifying needs, costs and resources required to implement these plan.

New Jersey would be joining Kentucky and Texas by enacting legislation that would require diabetes action plans, according to according to the National Conference on State Legislatures (NCSL).  Similar bills are also pending in Michigan and North Carolina.

More than 650,000 residents in New Jersey have been diagnosed with diabetes according to a 2011 report issued by the Virginia-based Institute for Alternative Futures and it's estimated another 375,000 undiagnosed cases.

The bill was approved with a vote of 9-0 and now awaits consideration by the full Senate.

Tomasina Schwarz January 15, 2013 at 03:08 PM
We don't need any more analysis, we need action. The first thing we need to do is legislate the food that the school vendors provide in school cafeterias and make it illegal for schools to have a percentage of profit from school lunches. School lunches should be cheap and healthy. Pizza, deli meats and french fries should not be offered at school. In France, trained chefs create healthy school lunches using the food from the school garden!!! People in America are not cooking whole meals any longer so the schools should at least offer wholesome meals-with no bad choices. Every school i go into offers the same bad choices and the district is making money off of these lunches. There is no incentive to offer healthy lunches when profit is the motive. This is the first thing that must changed and it should not be hard to do. I witnessed a student eat french fries and cheese everyday, all year, we can stop this if we try.

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