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September 9, 2008

 

In this issue

Be Sure to Vote for School Lunch!

USDA Awards $5 Million in Team Nutrition Training Grants

Federal Poverty Numbers Released

Back to School Media Tour Receives Record Coverage

ANC Call for Proposals

Last Chance to Register for Eat Smart, Get Moving!

National Dairy Council, NFL Partner on School Health Program

SNA trendSETS Looks at Whole Grains and Nutrition Education

In Every Issue

Legislative Action Center

Legislative Toolkit

PR Toolkit

State Policy Index

State and Federal Legislation

PPL Committee

 

 

Be Sure to Vote for School Lunch!

Barack Obama and John McCain aren’t the only ones campaigning for president this fall!  School lunch is hitting the trail again for the third and final installment of the Vote for School Lunch – National School Lunch Week Campaign.  This year, Pete Pizza and Biff Burger return to compete against Petunia Pita Pocket, Larry Lasagna, and Gloria Grilled Cheese for the title of President of School Lunch.  Be sure to cast your votes for your favorite school lunch.  The Vote for School Lunch website is up and running with ideas, activities, and suggestions to make this year’s National School Lunch Week a memorable event.

Vote for School Lunch

National School Lunch Week – Member Resource Site

USDA Awards $5 Million in Team Nutrition Training Grants

USDA awarded $5 million in Team Nutrition Training Grants to twenty states to promote healthy eating and physical activity habits among children.  The grants will be used over a two year period, providing training and assistance to school nutrition staff in preparing and serving fresh fruits and vegetables, whole-grain products, and other healthy foods.  The grants will also help support programs that empower students to make healthy choices and be physically active.  The twenty states receiving grant money include: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Idaho, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Federal Poverty Numbers Released

Approximately 12.5 percent of Americans were living below the federal poverty level this year, according to new figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau.  The new figures, released on August 25, 2008, showed that 37.5 million Americans fell below the federal poverty threshold of $21,203 for a family of four. Children continued to be the worse affected group.  The Census Bureau predicts that the numbers could get worse, since the Bureau only looked at data from 2007.

An article in the New York Times on Monday, September 1, 2008, discussed efforts by several members of Congress to overhaul the way the federal government measures poverty.  The current definition was developed in the 1960s and was based on the premise that poor Americans spent about a third of their after-tax money on food.  By that measure, a family is not poor if its income equals three times the annual cost of basic groceries. Today families typically spend about one-seventh of their income on food.  Families spend much more on housing, transportation and child care, expenses that are not taken into account by the federal poverty measure.  The current measure also does not include income support programs such as food stamps, housing subsidies and tax credits. In the article congressional aides say they do not expect legislation to pass this year, but officials hope to build momentum and support for addressing the issue in 2009.

Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance in the United States: 2007

Back to School Media Tour Receives Record Coverage

As students begin to head back to class, media coverage of school nutrition programs is picking up.  Across the country, SNA spokespeople are discussing the healthy benefits of school meals. SNA spokespeople are also explaining how school districts are battling rising food costs while maintaining nutritious, balanced meals.  Approximately 16 million people were reached through print and broadcast media since the beginning of August.   The Today Show, CBS Evening News, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and USA Today are just a few of the national publications and broadcast programs SNA has been featured in over then past six weeks. To view each of the articles, please click on the link below.

Back to School Media Tour Receives Record Coverage

 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

Last Chance to Register for Eat Smart, Get Moving!

Register your school team for the 2008-2009 Eat Smart, Get Moving! personal wellness contest before next Tuesday,  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.

National Dairy Council, NFL Partner on School Health Program

The National Dairy Council (NDC) is partnering with the National Football League (NFL) to promote a program dedicated to raising awareness about childhood overweight and healthy lifestyles.  The program is part of a five year commitment between NDC and the NFL and will target 40,000 schools nationwide with messages about healthy eating and physical fitness.  In these schools, students will be encouraged to adopt healthy behaviors, make nutritious food choices, and actively inspire positive change among their peers.

National Dairy Council Teams Up with the NFL

 

SNA trendSETS Looks at Whole Grains and Nutrition Education

The current issue of SNA trendSETS looks at the hot topics of whole grains and nutrition education.  SNA’s 2008 Back to School Trends Report found that over 80% of the districts that responded to the survey were planning on increasing the availability of whole grain products within their program.  This issue of trendSETS examines the challenges and successes school districts are facing as they introduce whole grains into their school nutrition programs.  In this issue, SNA trendSETTERS were also asked to share their innovative ideas on how their programs are involved with nutrition education.

trendSETS is a quarterly, web-based newsletter on school nutrition trends. This newsletter provides in-depth insights into current trends in school nutrition from SNA’s trendSetter panel. This panel of 150 school nutrition directors is representative of all regions and districts sizes. To subscribe to trendSETS, please visit the SNA Bookstore.

 

SNA Legislative Action Center

Legislative Toolkit

PR Toolkit

State Policy Index

State and Federal Legislation

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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