Healthy Communities

Child Health Advisory Committee

ACT 1220 of 2003 created the Child Health Advisory Committee to address childhood obesity and develop statewide nutrition and physical activity standards. Act 719 of 2007 amended ACT 1220 of 2003 to add additional members and duties of the committee. The Committee meets monthly and will make policy recommendations to the State Board of Education and the State Board of Health. 

There are 20 organizations with one representative each on the CHAC.  The appointments are made by the Secretary of Health at the Arkansas Department of Health and the Commissioner of Education at the Arkansas Department of Education.

Arkansas Department of Health:

Arkansas Department of Education:

Major tasks mandated to schools by the Acts include:

Major tasks mandated to the CHAC by the Acts include:

The Arkansas Department of Health and the Arkansas Department of Education in partnership with the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement (ACHI) have developed a statewide plan to assist schools in the implementation and reporting of the Body Mass Index to parents.

At the Arkansas Department of Health, the Act 1220 Coordinator(s) work with the 1,102 schools in the 288 districts to ensure school health-related mandates are met and to provide support and professional development to schools’ staff on wellness committee development, physical activity, physical education, nutrition, mental health, hydration, built environment, grant writing, tobacco, and electronic nicotine delivery systems use prevention, BMI data, and much more.  Community Health Promotion Specialist and Community Health Nurse Specialist also aid in these efforts while providing additional training in injury prevention, chronic disease management, health education, prescription drug abuse, and much more.

Resources for Schools Nurses:

Resources for Wellness Committees:

CHAC Information:


Meeting Dates & Times

Other Helpful Resources

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