IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
June 12, 2019
Mr. Scott of South Carolina (for himself and Mr. Jones) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
To require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop a guide on evidence-based strategies for building and maintaining effective obesity prevention and control programs, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Better Tools for Healthy Living Act.
Guide on evidence-based strategies for State health department obesity prevention programs
Development and dissemination of an evidence-based strategies guide
The Secretary of Health and Human Services (referred to in this section as the
Secretary), acting through the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of this Act, shall—
develop a guide on evidence-based strategies for State and local health departments, Indian Tribes, and Tribal organizations to use to build and maintain effective obesity prevention and control programs, which shall—
describe an integrated program structure for implementing interventions proven to be effective in preventing, controlling, and reducing obesity; and
optimal resources, including staffing and infrastructure, for promoting nutrition and obesity prevention, control and reduction; and
strategies for effective obesity prevention programs for State and local health departments, Indian Tribes, and Tribal organizations, including strategies related to—
the application of evidence-based practices to prevent, control, and reduce obesity rates;
demonstrated knowledge of obesity prevention practices that reduce associated preventable diseases, health conditions, death, and health care costs; and
interdisciplinary coordination between relevant public health officials specializing in fields such as nutrition, physical activity, epidemiology, communications, and policy implementation; and
disseminate the guide and current research, evidence-based practices, tools, and educational materials related to obesity prevention, consistent with the guide, to State and local health departments, Indian Tribes, and Tribal organizations.
The Secretary, acting through the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, shall provide technical assistance to State and local health departments, Indian Tribes, and Tribal organizations to support such health departments in implementing the guide developed under subsection (a)(1).
Indian Tribes; Tribal organizations
The terms Indian Tribe and Tribal organization have the meanings given the terms Indian tribe and tribal organization, respectively, in section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 5304).