"Congress and the President today have demonstrated a positive commitment to children and health care that we are confident will continue throughout the 111th Congress," said registered dietitian and American Dietetic Association President
It is estimated the expansion of SCHIP will cover 11 million children, 4 million more than in 2008, including legal immigrants for the first time.
The bill extends funding to the SCHIP program that was set to expire at the end of March for another 4 1/2 years and is being financed with a
The Senate passed the bill Wednesday, following the House of Representatives' approval in January.
"It is noteworthy that the SCHIP legislation the president signed today includes new nutrition services and obesity treatment that includes medical nutrition therapy," Yadrick said.
"ADA and our members look forward to helping schools and communities develop age-appropriate intervention programs that promote healthy eating behaviors and a healthy lifestyle," Yadrick said.
The American Dietetic Association is the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. ADA is committed to improving the nation's health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. Visit the American Dietetic Association at www.eatright.org.
SOURCE American Dietetic Association