§5-1E-1. Findings and purposes

Published: 2015

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WVC 5 - 1 E- 1

§5-1E-1. Findings and purposes.

The Legislature finds and declares that the rise in obesity

and related weight problems accompanied by the resulting incidence

of chronic disease has created a health care crisis that burdens

the health care infrastructure of the state. The Legislature also

finds that the State of West Virginia must take an informed,

sensitive approach to communicate and educate the citizens of the

state about health issues related to obesity and inappropriate

weight gain. The Legislature further finds that the state must

take action to assist West Virginia citizens in engaging in

healthful eating and regular physical activity. The Legislature

further finds that the state must invest in research that improves

understanding of inappropriate weight gain and obesity. These

efforts are needed to coordinate the state's interest in improving

the health of its citizens and in reducing the cost of health care.

Therefore, it is the purpose of this article to create, as an

integral part of the Department of Health and Human Resources, an

entity to coordinate the efforts of all agencies to prevent and

remedy obesity and related weight problems and to ensure that all

citizens are being educated on this serious health risk that is

affecting the state.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2015 Regular Session

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