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October 27, 2009

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SNA President Dora Rivas Participates in Fair Hosted by First Lady

Vilsack Outlines Priorities of CN Reauthorization

Professional Standards Recommendations approved by SNA Board of Directors

USDA to Expand HealthierUS School Challenge

Educate Your Community Week Updates

SNF and Kraft Foodservice Announce November 4 Webinar

SNA Legislative Action Center

Legislative Toolkit

PR Toolkit

From the Kitchen to the Congress Reauthorization Blog

State and Federal Legislation

SNA President Dora Rivas Participates in Fair Hosted by First Lady

First Lady Michelle Obama and White House staff hosted a Healthy Kids Fair on the South Lawn of the White House on Wednesday, October 23, 2009. Mrs. Obama kicked off the event by encouraging kids to be enthusiastic about making healthy food choices.

Upon invitation by Sam Kass, Assistant Chef and the Food Initiative Coordinator at the White House, SNA President and Dallas Independent School District Food & Child Nutrition Services Executive Director Dora Rivas, R.D. and Nutrition Specialist Vahista Bharucha-Ussery, R.D. joined First Lady Michelle Obama on the White House lawn. As part of the Healthy Kids Fair, Bharucha-Ussery worked alongside White House chefs during a healthy cooking demonstration, while Rivas hosted a nutrition education station.

SNA joined the Healthy Kids Fair, designed to promote good nutrition and physical activity for young people, while First Lady Michelle Obama visited nutrition stations and participated in physical activities alongside local school children.

For the full press release:
http://www.schoolnutrition.org/Blog.aspx?id=13152&blogid=564

Vilsack Outlines Priorities of CN Reauthorization

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack outlined USDA’s Child Nutrition Reauthorization priorities in a nationwide conference call, Friday October 23, 2009. Early in the conference call, Vilsack noted that he was with the First Lady and SNA this week at the Healthy Kids Fair and pointed out that the Obama’s have been at the forefront of promoting good nutrition. USDA held the conference call and Vilsack acknowledged the work of SNA and the school nutrition professionals who work tirelessly to provide healthy meals to US school children.

USDA supports SNA’s goal of establishing nationwide nutrition standards and allocating more funds to school lunch programs. Vilsack reiterated that the HealthierUS School Challenge has been re-launched. He reminded participants that a heavy burden is put onto schools to provide healthy meals, and emphasized the importance of supporting school nutrition professionals and retaining the integrity of the National School Lunch Program. The administration has proposed a substantial investment in improving nutrition programs over the next ten years and the additional $1 billion that Congress will allocate will serve as a good foundation toward improvement.

Professional Standards Recommendations approved by SNA Board of Directors

Several months ago, an Ad Hoc Committee of SNA Past Presidents presented to the SNA Board of Directors a proposal calling for the establishment of standards for professionally qualified directors of school nutrition programs at the State and LEA levels.  As part of SNA’s annual plan of work, the Association believed there was a need to elevate its actions on this issue, especially as it relates to Child Nutrition Reauthorization.

Recently, the SNA Board of Directors approved the recommendations of the Task Force. To learn how the recommendations will be used: http://www.schoolnutrition.org/Blog.aspx?id=13163&blogid=62

USDA to Expand HealthierUS School Challenge

First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on October 21, 2009 that the Obama Administration will expand the HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) to include middle and high schools, previously, the initiative focused only on elementary schools. The program was created as a means of recognizing schools that are promoting good nutrition and physical activity to create healthier school environments. By meeting the USDA guidelines for the HUSSC (http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/healthierus/index.html should this go towards the end of this paragraph?), a school may be eligible to earn a distinct award and have national recognition.

The news regarding the expansion of the program can be found here:
http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/!ut/p/_s.7_0_A/7_0_1OB?contentidonly=true&contentid=2009/10/0523.xml

Educate Your Community Week Updates

Educate Your Community Week is coming up soon! November 16-20, 2009 is Educate Your Community Week. SNA encourages you to help educate community officials, teachers, students, and parents on the importance of the School Lunch Program. Recently, the school nutrition programs have received some less than favorable media attention. It’s particularly important with the upcoming Child Nutrition Reauthorization to set the record straight. Please start early in developing a plan for Educate Your Community Week. SNA invites you to share success stories and creative ideas for education about the School Lunch Program. Please visit http://www.schoolnutrition.org for additional information and help others learn as well.

SNF and Kraft Foodservice Announce November 4 Webinar!

This webinar will feature experts from school nutrition operations as well as the Afterschool Alliance. The webinar will focus on meeting the needs of students for energy and nourishment as they extend their school day through USDA’s available afterschool snack programs. Participants will leave the experience ready to streamline food and labor costs and identify solutions to common operational challenges. Expert speakers will share ideas and best practices on partnering with both schools and community organizations on afterschool snacks. The webinar will also include key trends identified by SNA surrounding afterschool snacks as well as an overview of legislative and regulatory priorities surrounding the afterschool environment.

For complete information, including registration, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/afterschool  

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, District of Columbia, Federal, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Wisconsin

 


 
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