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August 19, 2008

 

 

In This Issue

SNA Releases 2008 Trends Report
Back to School Media Coverage Focuses on Food Costs
FDA Announces Public Hearing on Food Advisory Labeling
Parents Play Role In What Children Eat
PTA Healthy Lifestyles Grants Available
ANC Call for Proposals
Eat Smart, Get Moving!

 

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SNA Releases 2008 Trends Report

The trend towards more healthful school meal choices continues this fall with district nutrition programs emphasizing whole grains, fruits and vegetables while cutting back on trans fats, added sugar and sodium, according to the School Nutrition Association’s 2008 Back to School Nutrition Trends Report released today. The tenth annual Report found that although rising food, labor and indirect costs are significant challenges for school nutrition programs, healthy food and beverage items continue to increase in popularity and participation is increasing; nearly half of respondents report increased overall lunch and breakfast average daily participation in the 2007-2008 school year.

Back to School Media Coverage Focuses on Food Costs

As students begin to head back to class, media coverage of school nutrition programs is beginning to pick up.  This past week marked the start of the back to school media season.  The Associated Press ran a syndicated article focusing on how the rising cost of food will be affecting school nutrition programs during the school year.  An article in the Kansas City Star also discussed districts struggling with skyrocketing food prices and the slow economy.  Comments included in both articles show that school nutrition programs are meeting the challenge of rising food prices, but they are struggling to get by without substantially increased reimbursements.

Back to School: Shaky economy hits kids – Associated Press

School districts increase meal costs to cope with higher food costs – Kansas City Star

 

FDA Announces Public Hearing on Food Advisory Labeling

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has scheduled a public hearing on allergen advisory labeling on September 16, 2008, at the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition's Harvey W. Wiley Building in College Park, Maryland. Formal notice of the Hearing published in the Federal Register on August 8, 2008. (FR 73 46302)

FDA is developing a long-term strategy to assist manufacturers in using allergen advisory labeling that is truthful and not misleading, conveys a clear and uniform message, and adequately informs food allergic consumers and their caregivers. To that end, FDA is soliciting comments and information to assist the agency in determining how manufacturers currently use advisory labeling, how consumers interpret different advisory labeling statements, and what wording is likely to be most effective in communicating to consumers the likelihood that an allergen may be present in a food. The agency is also interested in receiving comments about whether consumers find advisory labeling helpful for making food purchasing decisions. This public hearing is the first step in closing existing knowledge gaps in developing our long-term strategy.

The hearing will include presentations by agency officials, invited speakers and members of the public. The Federal Register Notice and information regarding registration are available on the FDA Web site.

Parents Play a Role in What Children Eat

Parents play a significant role in shaping their children eating habits, according researchers from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.  Pre-school children who are encouraged by their parents to eat fruits and vegetables are more likely to continue that habit.  The key, researchers argue, is for parents to model the behavior by eating more fruits and vegetables.  By exposing children to different types of produce early in life, the children are more likely to develop healthy eating habits that they will carry through life.

Parents Shape Whether Their Children Learn to Eat Fruits and Vegetables

PTA Healthy Lifestyles Grants Available

PTA Healthy Lifestyles is helping communities make health and wellness a priority throughout the month of November.  Partner with a local PTA on a November event promoting regular exercise, good nutrition, or other healthy habits. Then, encourage the local unit to apply for a PTA Healthy Lifestyles Award of up to $1,000 to support those plans.

In 2007, hundreds of PTAs across the country held health fairs; encouraged students to walk or ride their bikes to school; introduced families to new, nutritious foods; and launched ongoing fitness programs to celebrate Healthy Lifestyles. There were recipe contests, cooking demonstrations, parent education nights, walkathons, yoga classes, and more. For their outstanding commitment to promoting health and wellness in their communities, 40 PTAs received PTA Healthy Lifestyles Awards.

This year’s award applications are due Friday, September 5, 2008. Please note that only local PTAs in good standing may apply, but your partnership can make all the difference.

For more information, go to www.pta.org/healthylifestyles.

ANC Call for Proposals

The Call for Proposals for SNA's Annual National Conference 2009 is now open! Submit your proposal for a 1-hour concurrent breakout session by September 30, 2008 at http://docs.schoolnutrition.org/meetingsandevents/anc2009/cfpform.asp

Eat Smart, Get Moving!

Register your school team for the 2008-2009 Eat Smart, Get Moving! personal wellness contest before September 16! The contest runs until April 13, 2009. Registration is free and easy at www.eatsmart-getmoving.org. This 30-week, interactive wellness program helps you work towards the Dietary Guidelines recommendations for daily servings of key food groups and 60 minutes of physical activity. Final prizes are available to 6 winning school teams and one overall winning school district.

 

SNA Legislative Action Center

Legislative Toolkit

PR Toolkit

State and Federal Legislation

PPL Committee

State legislation can now be accessed on the Internet through Netscan. Use Username: schoolnutrition and Password: sna

Click State Legislation Instructions for steps to access state legislation through the service. Legislatures currently in session include: California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and District of Columbia.

 

 


 
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