Towering Texas Commissioner of Agriculture Susan Combs has long been a champion of better nutrition for children. Her intense effort on behalf of Texas children has not gone unnoticed.
Combs was awarded the American Medical Associationâ€™s (AMA) â€œDr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Serviceâ€ in special ceremonies during March in Washington, D.C.
The Commissioner was honored in the â€œOutstanding State Officer Through Electionâ€ category. She was lauded for her work to promote nutrition across Texas. Combs implemented a far-reaching statewide school nutrition policy that involved substituting nutritious foodâ€”like fruitsâ€”for junk food. It also limited the amount of candy and soft drinks students could have according to their age groups in school. She also launched innovative ideas through the Texas Department of Agriculture to combat childhood obesity.
â€œItâ€™s an honor to be recognized for something we are so passionate about,â€ Combs responded. â€œOver the past 20 years, our country and state have seen dramatic increases in obesity, and we must all work together to cure this epidemic.â€
Congressman John Carter of Central Texas nominated Commissioner Combs for the national award.
The AMA award is presented annually and is considered among the most prestigious honors extended to elected officials and career government employees.
Combs comes from a family of generations of ranchers in rugged far West Texas ranch country.
The Texas Department of Agriculture is the state administrator for the school meals program in Texas. Details on the school meal programs and TDAâ€™s Square Meals initiative are available at www.squaremeals.org.
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