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April 13, 2010

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White House Holds Summit on Childhood Obesity

USDA Begins Visiting Schools, Promoting Child Nutrition Reauthorization

News Reports on Jamie Oliver Series Tell the Real Story about School Meals

Action Alert: Support Child Nutrition Reauthorization 2010!

Meals Action Alert: Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act

Share Your School Meals that Rock!

ANC Update: Check Out the Child Nutrition Policy Sessions

SNA Legislative Action Center

Legislative Toolkit

White House Holds Summit on Childhood Obesity

On Friday, April 9, 2010, the White House held a summit on childhood obesity, inviting representatives from many different organizations to participate in a discussion about solutions to the childhood obesity crisis. The discussion was lead by the new interagency Task Force on Childhood Obesity. After listening to a panel of key Administration officials, including Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Office of Management and Budget Peter Orszag, and White House Assistant Domestic Policy Advisor Melody Barnes, attendees then went into several breakout sessions to discuss specific areas.

Improving school food was the focus of one of the breakout sessions. Most of the discussion focused on improving the nutritional quality of food served in schools, but participants did note that good nutrition habits start early in life. The group came up with several recommendations, including:

  • Creating strong standards for school meals and competitive foods and work with industry to implement these;
  • Enhance professional training of school nutrition personnel, teachers and other educators;
  • Rethink meal production and delivery systems, and including an emphasis on local procurement and student involvement;
  • Incorporate healthy eating into the school day; and
  • Incentivize changes across programs, including school programs outside of school meals.

While SNA did not attend the summit, the Association did submit comments to the Task Force on Childhood Obesity at the end of March. To read SNA’s comments, please visit the link below.

SNA Comments on Task Force on Childhood Obesity

USDA Begins Visiting Schools, Promoting Child Nutrition Reauthorization

Several key USDA officials have begun visiting school nutrition programs across the country in an effort to highlight the Obama Administration’s efforts for Child Nutrition Reauthorization 2010. Last week, Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon visited students at a Denver, Colo. area school. During his visit, Undersecretary Concannon joined students for lunch and spoke to reporters about the changes the pending Child Nutrition Reauthorization legislation will make.

USDA Food and Nutrition Services Administrator Julie Paradis was also on the road touting Child Nutrition Reauthorization. Paradis was a speaker at the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) National Professional Association Conference in Charleston, S.C. In a speech there and in discussions with South Carolina state agency nutrition staff, Paradis noted that renewal of the Child Nutrition Act is an important priority for the Obama Administration.

USDA is planning more visits to school districts across the country. For more information, please visit the links below.

Ag. Officials pitch nutrition bill at schools – Associated Press

USDA Official Highlights Efforts to Improve School Meals and Health of Nation's Children

USDA to Highlight Obama Administration Efforts to Improve School Meals

News Reports on Jamie Oliver Series Tell the Real Story about School Meals

A number of recent news stories and columns regarding the ABC Network series Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution have shed light on the challenges faced by school nutrition programs, including budgetary constraints, complex nutritional standards and children’s food preferences.

SNA members may be interested in reading the news articles at the links below. For more resources on how to promote your programs and respond to questions in your community about Food Revolution, please click here. SNA will continue to update this page with new articles as they are released.

Click here: http://schoolnutrition.org/Blog.aspx?id=13763&blogid=622

This page: http://www.schoolnutrition.org/Blog.aspx?id=13837&blogid=622

Action Alert: Support Child Nutrition Reauthorization 2010!

The U.S. Senate is expected to consider the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, the Senate version of the Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill. SNA supports this legislation, which is a strong first step toward strengthening these programs and acknowledges the need to increase funding for school meals.

While the legislation would boost funding for the federal child nutrition programs by $450 million per year, including a performance-based 6 cents increase in the federal reimbursement rate for school lunches, additional efforts are needed to reach the $1 billion per year increase requested by President Barack Obama.

Please take a moment to send a letter to your Senators and Member of Congress, asking them to support adequate funding for the school nutrition programs. Also encourage your Members of Congress to sign onto a “Dear Colleague” letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). The letter, being circulated by Representatives Jo Ann Emerson (R-Mo.) and Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) asks Speaker Pelosi to identify potential sources of funding for the reauthorization bill, should the House Education and Labor Committee be unable to do so. The letter can be viewed here: http://frac.org/pdf/dear_colleague_april2010.pdf (pdf) 

If your Member of Congress or Senator sits on the House Education and Labor Committee, the House Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Agriculture Committee or the Senate Finance Committee, please contact them.

If you live in the following states, please email your Senators:

 

  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Dakota
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming
 

Please visit the following links to see if your Member of Congress sits on the House Education and Labor Committee or the House Ways and Means Committee.

Committee on Education and Labor Members
Committee on Ways and Means Members

Visit the link below for a sample letter you can send.

Tell Congress: Support Child Nutrition Reauthorization!

Share Your School Meals that Rock!

SNA member and school nutrition consultant Dayle Hayes, MS, RD has created a new blog to recognize healthy school meals. Acknowledging that school meals are unfairly criticized in the media, this nationally recognized school nutrition expert and incoming Chair of the School Nutrition Service Dietetic Practice Group for the American Dietetic Association and proud member of SNA, is using social media to propel the positive reach of the School Lunch Program.

In addition to the blog, there is a section for submitting stories and photos to showcase the nutritious and delicious meals that are served in schools nationwide. To find more details about School Meals that Rock and to read positive stories about school lunch programs, view the blog here:

http://eatwellatschool.blogspot.com/

ANC Update: Check Out the Child Nutrition Policy Sessions

Interested in finding out the latest on Child Nutrition Reauthorization 2010? If you are attending ANC 2010 in Dallas from July 11-July 14, be sure to attend SNA 2010 Legislative Activities and Updates. This education session will discuss where the Association stands on Reauthorization and update you on where Congress is heading. The session will also discuss how you can become more involved with the reauthorization process. The session will be on Monday, July 12th from 2:15-3:15 PM and Tuesday, July 13th from 2:15-3:15 PM, so be sure to mark your calendars!

For more information about this and other ANC education sessions, please visit the link below.

State and Federal Legislation (login required)
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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