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April 28, 2009

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Swine Influenza A (H1N1): What You Need to Know

Child Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week Is Next Week!

Global Child Nutrition Month Comes to an End

Resolution Supporting School Lunch Program Introduced

SNA Signs On to FIT Kids Letter

Child Nutrition in the News

New USDA Commodity Newsletter Posted

Study Finds Kids Eat Fruits and Vegetables, If Offered

 

SNA Legislative Action Center

Legislative Toolkit

PR Toolkit

From the Kitchen to the Congress Reauthorization Blog

State and Federal Legislation

 

Swine Influenza A (H1N1): What You Need to Know

Last weekend, the US Department of Agriculture and the Centers for Disease Control issued statements and information about the cases of Swine Influenza A (H1N1) that have been confirmed in the United States and abroad. The following key facts are most relevant to school nutrition professionals:

  • There is no evidence at this time showing that swine have been infected with this virus. 
  • According to scientists at USDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, swine flu viruses are not transmitted by food so you cannot get swine flu from eating pork or pork products. Eating properly handled and cooked pork or pork products is safe. Cooking pork to an internal temperature of 160°F kills all viruses and other foodborne pathogens.

For more comprehensive information regarding swine flu, please visit the link below.

Swine Influenza A (H1N1): What You Need to Know

 

Child Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week Is Next Week!

Child Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week (CNEAW) is only a few days away!  How do you plan to honor the men and women who work hard everyday to provide children with healthy, nutritious school meals?  Visit the CNEAW website for ideas, e-cards, or to post a message on the CNEAW Appreciation Wall.

Child Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week

Global Child Nutrition Month Comes to an End

Global Child Nutrition Month draws to a close this week.  Throughout the month, school nutrition programs nationwide held events to raise awareness of the problem of global hunger.  In conjunction with these events, students and school nutrition professional raised money for the annual Change Our World Campaign, a fundraising effort for the Global Child Nutrition Foundation. This week, the Florida School Nutrition Association is holding a walk to raise funds and awareness.  SNA industry members are also actively involved.  Throughout April, Horizon Software sponsored a link on its Meal Pay Plus website where parents could donate money when they added funds to their child’s school nutrition account.

At the beginning of May, an international group of child nutrition leaders will meet in Stellenbosch, South Africa for the 11th annual Global Child Nutrition Forum.  This is the first year the Forum will be held outside of the United States.  The theme of the Forum is “A Catalyst for Development: Linking Sustainable School Feeding and Local Farm Production.”  Thirty-six delegates are invited from 15 nations in Africa, Asia, and South America.  Throughout the week-long conference, participants will learn how to start or expand sustainable school feeding programs.

Eleventh Annual Global Child Nutrition Forum Starts May 5th

Resolution Supporting School Lunch Program Introduced

A resolution was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives last week supporting the National School Lunch Program.  Introduced by Representative Diane Watson (D-Calif.) and co-sponsored by 30 members of Congress, H.Res. 362 states that the federal school nutrition programs are important for promoting good nutrition habits and healthy lifestyles.  The resolution also stated that the school nutrition programs are losing money due to rising food, energy, and labor costs. To read a full copy of the resolution, visit the State and Federal Legislation link.

 

SNA Signs On to FIT Kids Letter

SNA has signed on to a letter supporting the Fitness Integrated with Teaching (FIT) Kids Act of 2009 (H.R. 1585 / S. 634). The bill is cosponsored in the House by Representatives Ron Kind (D-Wis.) and Zach Wamp (R-Tenn.) and in the Senate by Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and John Ensign (R-Nev.).  The legislation seeks to increase physical activity during the school day by incorporating physical activity into the curriculum and requiring physical education.  Among the signatures on the letter are the American Heart Association, National PTA, and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education. 

FIT Kids Bill Letter 

Child Nutrition in the News

School nutrition programs were the subject of several major magazine articles.  The May issue of Parenting Magazine (the school years edition) included an article focused on the school nutrition programs.  While the overall tone of the article was negative, it did provide a very comprehensive look at the financial problems facing school nutrition programs.  SNA will submit a letter to the editor to correct some of the misperceptions contained in the article.

School nutrition programs were also featured in the May/June issue of Our Children, the magazine of the National PTA.  In an article about food safety, the magazine encourages PTA leaders to advocate for school nutrition professionals to be certified by a group such as SNA.  The article also notes that the school nutrition programs have long standing reputations for food safety.

In Wisconsin, SNA member Carl Welke made headlines last week for his district’s farm to school initiative.  Students in the Weston School District are working with Welke to plant vegetables and fruit that can be used in the district’s school nutrition program. 

The Sorry State of School Lunches – Parenting Magazine

Students Growing Produce for School Lunch Room – WEAU News

New USDA Commodity Newsletter Posted

The April issue of School Programs: USDA Foods Update was released last week.  This month’s issue includes information on upcoming webinars, new foods, the Fresh Cut Sliced Apple Program, new regulations, food allergy information and much more.  To view the newsletter, please visit the link below.

School Programs: USDA Foods Update

Study Finds Kids Eat Fruits and Vegetables, If Offered

Children will eat fruits and vegetables if they are offered to them, a recent study finds.  A study of children at an Arkansas summer camp found that more than half of the 5 to 12 year old kids tried the fruits or vegetables offered to them.  Prior to the camp, both the students and their parents said that they would not try the new items.  Although the children were willing to try these items, researchers note that these foods are in short supply in the poor, rural communities these children live in.  They argue that more must be done to increase the availability of high-quality produce in these areas.

Kids and veggies: Offer them and they will eat

State and Federal Legislation

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

State Legislation Instructions for steps to access state legislation through the service. Legislatures currently in session include:  Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Federal, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin


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