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May 25, 2010

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First Lady Announces Food and Beverage Manufacturer Agreement with Partnership for a Healthier America

Member of Congress, USDA Official Visit Connecticut School Nutrition Program

Obama Administration Launches “Chefs Move to Schools” Program

Legislative Digest: Child Nutrition Reauthorization

SNA Past President Josephine Martin, PhD to Receive Prestigious Dietetics Award

Center for American Progress Holds Event on Ending Childhood Hunger

Ohio Senate Approves School Nutrition Standards Bill

Florida Tables Discussion on Banning Flavored Milk from Schools

USDA Releases Best Practices Guide for Handling Fresh Produce

Study Links Pesticide Exposure, ADHD

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First Lady Announces Food and Beverage Manufacturer Agreement with Partnership for a Healthier America

First Lady Michelle Obama announced last week that the Partnership for a Healthier America signed an agreement with the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, agreeing to reduce the number of calories in packaged foods by 2015. The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation is a coalition of major retailers, food and beverage manufacturers, non-profit organizations and associations aimed at helping to reduce obesity. The Partnership for a Healthier America is an independent, nonpartisan organization that is mobilizing broad-based support for efforts to solving and preventing childhood obesity. Under the agreement, food and beverage companies will reduce product calories by 1.5 trillion by the end of 2015. As an interim step, they will reduce their product calories by 1 trillion by the end of 2012.

The First Lady commended the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation on signing the agreement with the Partnership for a Healthier America, noting that this is “the type of private sector commitment we need.”

Member of Congress, USDA Official Visit Connecticut School Nutrition Program

USDA continued their tour of school nutrition programs last week, stopping in New Haven, Conn. USDA Deputy Administrator for Special Nutrition Programs Audrey Rowe and Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) discussed priorities for the school nutrition programs at a Healthy Schools Roundtable at the Barnard Environmental Studies Magnet School. During the Roundtable, Representative DeLauro, Chair of the House Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, noted her support of identifying the $10 billion over 10 years requested by President Barack Obama. She also plans to host a forum for members of the House of Representatives and the Senate to discuss Child Nutrition Reauthorization. Both Representative DeLauro and Deputy Administrator Rowe stated that school nutrition professionals must continue to tell Members of Congress that Child Nutrition Reauthorization is a priority and that it must be fully funded.

USDA officials will wrap up their tour of the country next week at an event in Indiana. Please see next week’s issue of Tuesday Morning for more information.

Obama Administration Launches “Chefs Move to Schools” Program

As part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign, the Administration has launched the “Chefs Move to Schools” program to pair chefs with schools seeking assistance in developing healthy school meals. The program, run by the US Department of Agriculture, is calling on chefs to get involved by adopting a school and working with teachers, parents and school nutrition professionals and administrators to help educate kids about food and nutrition.

In a White House release about the program, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said, “Chefs and nutrition experts can play a critical role in addressing the childhood obesity crisis, and they are welcome partners as we work together to improve the overall health and nutrition of America’s children. By passing a strong reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act, Congress can provide important resources to improve school cafeteria equipment and expand training opportunities for chefs, school food service personnel, and nutrition experts in our schools, because they will be on the front lines of improving school meals for our kids.”

Chefs and schools interested in participating can sign up by visiting www.letsmove.gov and clicking on the “Chefs Move to Schools” button.

Legislative Digest: Child Nutrition Reauthorization

School lunch is a hot topic in Congress! Since the beginning of the 111th Congress in January 2009, nearly 60 school nutrition related bills have been introduced in anticipation of Child Nutrition Reauthorization. The link below contains a brief synopsis of some of the key pieces of child nutrition legislation introduced this Congress. Since many of the Senate bills were included as provisions in the Senate Reauthorization bill, this list focuses primarily on legislation introduced in the House of Representatives.

Legislative Digest: Child Nutrition Reauthorization

SNA Past President Josephine Martin, PhD to Receive Prestigious Dietetics Award

SNA Past President Josephine Martin, PhD, has been named this year’s recipient of the American Dietetic Association’s (ADA) highest honor, the Marjorie Hulsizer Copher Award. The award is named for an early 20th-century pioneer in dietetics, who was recognized by the British and French governments for her service in World War I and was chief dietitian at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. It is given annually to an ADA member in recognition of career achievements and contributions to ADA and to the dietetics profession. Dr. Martin spent much of her career administering child nutrition programs at the Georgia Department of Education and was instrumental in congressional efforts for the establishment of the National Food Service Management Institute (NFSMI). She served as NFSMI’s first full-time executive director.

For more information, please visit the link below.
SNA Past President Josephine Martin, PhD to Receive Prestigious Dietetics Award

Center for American Progress Holds Event on Ending Childhood Hunger

On May 24, the Center for American Progress (CAP) held an event entitled, “Ending Childhood Hunger in America.” The event marked the release of a new Half In Ten/CAP paper, "Feeding Opportunity: Ending Child Hunger Furthers the Goal of Cutting U.S. Poverty in Half Over the Next Decade," written by Joel Berg of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger.

The Obama administration has made a commitment to address the problem through the reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act. Many low-income children do not have access to enough nutritious food to eat. More than 16 million children live in food insecure households. This threatens the health and well-being of children and generally places great strain on their families.
Speakers included: Sarah Wartell, Center for American Progress and Tom Vilsack, Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture.
Panelists included:

  • Joel Berg, New York City Coalition Against Hunger
  • Tianna Gaines, Witnesses to Hunger
  • Michelle Gilliard, Wal-Mart Foundation
  • Jim Weill, Food Research and Action Center
  • Jody Moses, Center for American Progress (Moderator)

http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2010/05/feeding_opportunity.html  

Ohio Senate Approves School Nutrition Standards Bill

The Ohio Senate approved legislation last Tuesday that would set specific standards for foods sold in schools. SB 210 would require school nutrition programs to follow set guidelines for competitive foods, as well as specific guidelines on beverages offered to students. In adopting the school nutrition standards, school districts are required to consult with a school nutrition specialist certified or credentialed by SNA, a registered dietician, or a dietetic technician, registered. The legislation would also require schools to monitor students body mass index (BMI).

Senate Approves Bill to Fight Childhood Obesity

Florida Tables Discussion on Banning Flavored Milk from Schools

The Florida Board of Education voted to table discussion last week on whether to ban flavored milk and sweetened beverages from the state’s school nutrition programs. In testimony presented to the Board, the Florida School Nutrition Association (FSNA) voiced concern that a ban on flavored milk could seriously hurt children’s milk consumption. They called on the Board of Education to hold off on implementing standards, as Child Nutrition Reauthorization will likely implement the Institute of Medicine guidelines for competitive meals. FSNA emphasized that the regulations should not conflict with or pre-empt federal child nutrition policy.

For a copy of the testimony, and a news article on the discussion, please see the links below.

FSNA Testimony
State tables plan to limit sugary drinks in Florida schools – Orlando Sentinel

USDA Releases Best Practices Guide for Handling Fresh Produce

USDA recently released a guide on best practices for handling fresh produce in schools. The guide provides suggestions for purchasing and receiving, washing and preparation, serving, and storage. It also includes suggestions for handling specific types of produce, including melons, tomatoes, leafy greens, and sprouts.

Best Practices: Handling Fresh Produce in Schools (pdf)

Study Links Pesticide Exposure, ADHD

A study recently published in the journal Pediatrics found a link between exposure to a certain pesticide and attention deficit with hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). According to the study, children with higher levels of pesticides were more likely to suffer from ADHD than children who did not. Although researchers were unable to prove that pesticide exposure was the cause of ADHD, other scientists indicated that this was a strong possible link that needed to be further explored. To limit pesticide exposure, the study researchers encourage families to wash their produce more carefully and to purchase organic foods whenever possible.

Study Links ADHD with Pesticides – Associated Press

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