Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 121178
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File Number: 121178 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-604-12 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: IMPLEMENT A CAMPAIGN TO ENCOURAGE HEALTHY EATING & LIVING Introduced: 6/7/2012
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 7/3/2012
Agenda Date: 7/3/2012 Agenda Item Number: 11A25
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE MAYOR OR MAYOR’S DESIGNEE TO IMPLEMENT A CAMPAIGN TO ENCOURAGE HEALTHY EATING AND LIVING HABITS AND EDUCATE THE RESIDENTS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY ABOUT THE HEALTH CONCERNS RELATED TO LACK OF EXERCISE AND POOR NUTRITION BY SHOWCASING BOOKS, MAGAZINES, VIDEOS, AND ANY OTHER INFORMATIVE MATERIALS CURRENTLY OWNED BY THE MIAMI-DADE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM THAT RELATE TO HEALTH, FITNESS, AND NUTRITION IN A PROMINENT AND VISIBLE AREA IN ALL MIAMI-DADE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY LOCATIONS FOR A PERIOD OF ONE YEAR
Indexes: LIBRARIES
  NUTRITION PROGRAMS
Sponsors: Sen. Javier D. Souto, Prime Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 7/3/2012 11A25 Adopted P

Recreation & Cultural Affairs Committee 6/11/2012 2C Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Monica Rizo read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. Chairman Souto relinquished the Chair to Vice Chairman Moss. Commissioner Souto explained that the intent of this foregoing item was to create an area in each Miami-Dade County library for individuals and particularly families, to access books on nutrition and health. Mr. Raymond Santiago, Director, Miami Dade County Libraries, noted that this proposal was consistent with recent initiatives by other commissioners; and in response to this proposal, he would initiate efforts to consolidate displays throughout the libraries. Hearing no questions or comments, the Committee proceeded to vote on the foregoing proposed resolution as presented.

Office of the Chairperson 6/8/2012 Additions Recreation & Cultural Affairs Committee 6/11/2012

County Attorney 6/7/2012 Referred Recreation & Cultural Affairs Committee 6/11/2012

County Attorney 6/7/2012 Assigned Annery Pulgar Alfonso

Legislative Text


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RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE MAYOR OR MAYOR’S DESIGNEE TO IMPLEMENT A CAMPAIGN TO ENCOURAGE HEALTHY EATING AND LIVING HABITS AND EDUCATE THE RESIDENTS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY ABOUT THE HEALTH CONCERNS RELATED TO LACK OF EXERCISE AND POOR NUTRITION BY SHOWCASING BOOKS, MAGAZINES, VIDEOS, AND ANY OTHER INFORMATIVE MATERIALS CURRENTLY OWNED BY THE MIAMI-DADE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM THAT RELATE TO HEALTH, FITNESS, AND NUTRITION IN A PROMINENT AND VISIBLE AREA IN ALL MIAMI-DADE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY LOCATIONS FOR A PERIOD OF ONE YEAR

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WHEREAS, although death due to obesity is preventable, more than 40,000 Florida residents die annually from obesity-related diseases; and 
WHEREAS, in 2011, Florida ranked as the 29th-most-obese state in the country; and
WHEREAS, in 2008, more that 60 percent of adults and 30 percent of children in Florida were overweight and at least half of these people were obese, with a body mass index greater than 30; and 
WHEREAS, the number of overweight and obese children has tripled in the last 20 years; and 
WHEREAS, approximately 60 percent of overweight children have at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease and 25 percent of overweight children have two or more risk factors; and
WHEREAS, excessive body weight affects virtually every organ system in the body and increases the risks of diabetes, heart attack, stroke, cancer, sleep apnea and osteoarthritis; and 

WHEREAS, obesity-related medical expenditures for adults in Florida total more than $5 billion annually, with over half of these costs being financed by Medicare and Medicaid; and 
WHEREAS, the economic effects of obesity far surpass this $5 billion expenditure when missed workdays, other costs outside the medical care system and the economic value of reduced longevity and quality of life are considered; and 
WHEREAS, 25.8 million children and adults in the United States—8.3 percent of the population—have diabetes; and
WHEREAS, in 2011, Florida ranked as the 10th highest state in the United States for diabetes incidence rates; and
WHEREAS, in 2010, 1,478,000 Floridians were diagnosed by a doctor to have diabetes; and
WHEREAS, 219,000 out of the 1,478,000 Floridians diagnosed with diabetes were between the ages of 18 and 44; and
WHEREAS, 621,000 out of the 1,478,000 Floridians diagnosed with diabetes were between the ages of 65 and 74; and
WHEREAS, 310,000 out of the 1,478,000 Floridians diagnosed with diabetes were 75 years of age or older; and
WHEREAS, nationally, diabetes costs $174 billion annually in direct medical costs; and
WHEREAS, nationally, diabetes costs $40 billion annually in indirect costs, such as loss of work, disability, and loss of life; and
WHEREAS, in 2004, heart disease was noted on 68 percent of diabetes-related death certificates among people aged 65 years or older; and
WHEREAS, adults with diabetes have heart disease death rates approximately 2 to 4 times higher than adults without diabetes; and
WHEREAS, the risk for stroke is 2 to 4 times higher among people with diabetes; and
WHEREAS, in 2005 through 2008, 67 percent of the adults aged 20 years or older with self-reported diabetes had blood pressure greater than or equal to 140/90 mmHg or used prescription medications for hypertension; and
WHEREAS, diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults aged 20–74 years; and
WHEREAS, diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, accounting for 44 percent of new cases in 2008; and
WHEREAS, poor nutrition and lack of exercise can lead to a plethora of physical and mental health problems; and
WHEREAS, the National Institute of Health linked long-term poor nutrition with a number of physical issues, such as, obesity, high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, gallstones, gout and many other health problems; and
WHEREAS, according to the American Heart Association, lack of exercise drastically increases the risk of heart problems -- specifically coronary artery disease, in which arteries become clogged with cholesterol and other fatty materials and prevent sufficient blood supply to the heart; and
WHEREAS, lack of exercise also increases the risk of additional risk factors for coronary artery disease, including high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, being obese, and developing diabetes; and
WHEREAS, Arizona State University researchers report a direct correlation between exercise and mental health; and that exercise reduces symptoms of depression and anxiety; and
WHEREAS, showcasing books, magazines, videos, and other informative materials that promote healthy eating and living habits in a prominent area in each Miami-Dade County Public Library location will help educate the residents of Miami-Dade County about the health concerns related to lack of exercise and poor nutrition; and
WHEREAS, such a showcase would also help encourage the residents of Miami-Dade County to make healthier eating and living choices, promote better exercise habits, and help lower the alarming obesity, diabetes, and heart disease rates,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board directs the Mayor or Mayor’s designee to implement a campaign to encourage healthy eating and living habits and educate the residents of Miami-Dade County about the health concerns related to lack of exercise and poor nutrition by showcasing books, magazines, videos, and any other informative materials currently owned by the Miami-Dade County Public Library System that relate to health, fitness, and nutrition in a prominent and visible area in all Miami-Dade County Public Library locations for a period of one year starting within ninety (90) days of the adoption of this resolution.



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