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May 18, 2010

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SNA Supports White House Childhood Obesity Task Force Recommendations for Funding for School Meals

USDA Announces New Judges and Partner for the Apps for Healthy Kids Competition

USDA Sets New Standards for Ground Beef Purchases

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Highlights Washington, D.C. Efforts to Improve School Meals and Health of our Nation's Children

Arkansas, Mississippi Conducting Pilot Project to Increase Summer Food Service Program Participation

Durbin Introduces Bill Encouraging Collaboration Between Communities and School Nutrition Programs

SNA Partners with USDA’s MyPyramid

Support the Healthy Start Act

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SNA Supports White House Childhood Obesity Task Force Recommendations for Funding for School Meals

The School Nutrition Association (SNA) commends the Obama Administration for its continued efforts to combat childhood overweight and obesity. On May 11, the White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity unveiled its action plan, “Solving the Problem of Childhood Obesity within a Generation,” and called for increased resources for school meals as a critical part of the solution.

“We are very excited that President and Mrs. Obama have recognized how crucial the school nutrition programs are to the health and academic success of our nation’s children, particularly as Congress prepares to reauthorize the Child Nutrition Act,” said SNA President Dora Rivas, MS, RD, SNS. “The Task Force’s report recognizes the many challenges school nutrition programs face as they provide healthy, nutritious school meals to students everyday and emphasizes the need to increase funds for school meal programs as they work to build on this success”

SNA Supports White House Childhood Obesity Task Force Recommendations

White House Has Plan to Tackle Childhood Obesity

USDA Announces New Judges and Partner for the Apps for Healthy Kids Competition

School Nutrition Association President, Dora Rivas will join an all-star panel of judges for the Apps for Healthy Kids Competition. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on May 17, 2010 that General Electric Co. (GE) has partnered with USDA to expand the Apps for Healthy Kids competition and to create the Healthymagination Student Awards - guaranteeing student winners as part of the competition. The Apps for Healthy Kids competition is part of the First Lady's Let's Move! campaign to end childhood obesity within a generation.

The Healthymagination Student Awards are open to students from elementary school through college and are intended to recognize and encourage greater student participation in the Apps for Healthy Kids competition. GE's partnership brings the total prize purse to $60,000.

USDA News Release

USDA Sets New Standards for Ground Beef Purchases

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced last week that it is toughening standards for ground beef purchased for the federal child nutrition programs, including the National School Lunch Program. The new standards will tighten testing protocols, increase frequency of testing for ground beef products, and institute additional rejection criteria. Any vendor that has a poor safety record will be prohibited from selling their products to USDA for the school nutrition programs.

In February, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced a series of initiatives that would improve the safety of food supplied to the federal nutrition assistance programs, including the school nutrition programs.

USDA Sets New Standards for Ground Beef Purchases

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Highlights Washington, D.C. Efforts to Improve School Meals and Health of our Nation's Children

On May 13, 2010, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack joined several Washington, D.C. City Council members and community leaders and urged Congress to pass a strong reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act. Vilsack visited Alice Deal Middle School and joined D.C. Council Chair Vincent Gray, D.C. Councilwoman Mary Cheh and about 50 students, parents and community leaders who were instrumental in achieving the landmark nutritional advancements. The Washington, DC City Council recently approved expansive legislation that will implement strong nutrition standards and other changes to the city’s school nutrition programs.

USDA News Release

Arkansas, Mississippi Conducting Pilot Project to Increase Summer Food Service Program Participation

Arkansas and Mississippi will be the sites of a USDA pilot project testing new ways to increase participation in the Summer Food Service Program. The Arkansas project will provide an additional 50 cents per meal to sponsors operating summer feeding sites for at least 40 days. This project will test to see if a financial incentive encourages sponsors to operate the program for a longer period of time. In Mississippi, operators will receive additional funds to host activities and special events at their sites in an attempt to increase participation. The pilot project funding was announced by Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

Arkansas Project Seeks to Increase Enrollment in Summer Meals Program

Durbin Introduces Bill Encouraging Collaboration Between Communities and School Nutrition Programs

Senator Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) has introduced legislation that would encourage communities and school nutrition programs to work together to create healthier school environments. S. 3342, the Healthy Schools Partnerships Act of 2010, would establish a demonstration project in which school nutrition programs, working with community partners, can apply for a grant from USDA. The grants would fund “collaborations of academic experts, nonprofit organizations, registered dieticians, nutrition professionals, community partners and local schools to test and evaluate innovative models to improve nutrition education, student decision making, and healthy school environments.” Grants can be used towards assessing the problem of childhood obesity and developing an innovative plan or intervention to address specific causes of the problem with outside partners.

 S. 3342 - Healthy Schools Partnerships Act of 2010 

SNA Partners with USDA’s MyPyramid

SNA recently joined the MyPyramid Alliance Partnerships. The Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, in conjunction with counterparts in USDA and HHS, will alter the MyPyramid graphic in an effort to improve dietary habits as they revise the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010. As childhood obesity is a priority, partnerships between USDA, corporations, and non-profits strengthen the collective commitment to make a positive difference in the health of America.

Partners: http://www.mypyramid.gov/Challenge/partners.htm

Support the Healthy Start Act

In March, Representative Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-S.D.) introduced the Healthy Start Act (H.R. 4638). This bipartisan bill would help to increase access to and participation in the School Breakfast Program by providing 5 cents in breakfast commodity assistance. Currently, the school nutrition programs do not receive commodity assistance for the school breakfasts they serve. The School Nutrition Association, along with the American Commodity Distribution Association, supports this bill.

Please take a moment to contact your Member of Congress and ask them to support H.R. 4638. Please click on the link below for a sample letter you can send to your Member of Congress.

Support the Healthy Start Act

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