Ohio has the 11th highest obesity rate in the U.S., the 12th highest heart disease rate, and more than twice the average number of yearly drug overdoses. Despite all of this, Ohio is the only state in the entire U.S. with no standard for health education. This means that over 600 disparate school boards must create their own health curriculum each year. As a result, the quality of health education in public schools across Ohio varies widely.
With House Bill 165, Rep. Beth Liston (D-Dublin), a practicing physician, and Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) are working to change that.
The bill would require Ohio’s Board of Education to adopt the national standard for health education or create their own based on it. This would ensure equal and effective health education for K-12 students across Ohio, and would ultimately mean that students have adequate education to make the healthiest choices for themselves.
Take a moment to write a letter and urge your lawmakers to stand with Rep. Beth Liston and Rep. Tavia Galonski in support of Ohio’s students.