Executive Order 263
Text of Executive Order 263 signed July 22nd 2009
EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 263
Establishing a Healthy Lifestyle Curriculum Committee for Elementary and High School Students
WHEREAS, the Republic has a responsibility to facilitate the good health of its citizens;
WHEREAS, Palau’s citizens are increasingly affected by conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and obesity;
WHEREAS, these chronic medical conditions can lead to decreased mobility and mortality and decrease the quality of life of not only the individual sufferer, but also that person’s friends and family;
WHEREAS, these chronic medical conditions can often be prevented if an individual is physically active and chose good eating habits;
WHEREASA, an essential part of encouraging good health is teaching and instilling positive behavior in our children;
WHEREAS, programs in our schools which emphasize a healthy lifestyle are essential to develop life-long physical skills and activities that contribute to fitness and good health;
WHEREAS, research shows that healthy children learn more effectively and achieve more academically;
WHEREAS, we must teach our children achieve a fit and healthy lifestyle and how to incorporate safe and healthy activities and good nutrition into their lives;
WHEREAS, a healthy lifestyle program in Palau’s elementary and high schools will result in happier, healthier and more academically successful students;
WHEREAS, when the lessons of lifetime physical activity and healthy food are modeled and reinforced in school, children will have the optimal foundation for healthy living.
NOW THEREFORE, by virtue of the authority vested in me as President of the Republic of Palau, pursuant to the Constitution and laws of the Republic, it hereby directed that:
1.There is hereby created the Healthy Lifestyle Curriculum Committee (“Committee”) tasked with the job of creating a curriculum for elementary and high school students that will incorporate good eating habits, appropriate nutrition and safe physical activity into the daily lives students.
2.The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education shall jointly provide administrative support to the Committee.
3.The Committee shall be comprised of six members, three from the Ministry of Health and three from the Ministry of Education. The Committee may also utilize the expertise of knowledgeable members of the community and seek the advice and suggestions of parents of students.
4.This Committee shall present a model curriculum to the Minister of Health and the Minister of Education and the President of the Republic within six months of the issuance of this Executive Order.
5.Upon the approval of the Minister of Health, the Minister of Education and the President of the Republic of Palau, the curriculum shall be made part of the school curriculum.
6.After incorporation of the curriculum into the school system, the Committee will be tasked with monitoring its success. Progress reports shall be made to the President at the end of each school semester.
SO ORDERED THIS 22nd DAY OF JULY, 2009.
President of the Republic of Palau