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August 31, 2010

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Howard County, MD Public Schools Earn Trip to the White House

President to Deliver Back to School Speech on September 14

Study Finds Students Who Eat School Lunch and Breakfast Have Healthier Weights

USDA Encourages Schools to Participate in the HealthierUS School Challenge

USDA Launches Produce Safety Course to School Districts

SNA PAC Contributions Can Now Be Made Online

President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition to Hold Meeting

SNA Legislative Action Center

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Howard County, MD Public Schools Earn Trip to the White House

Howard County Public Schools (MD) Food and Nutrition Service and students in the district's high school Culinary Arts program received a special honor this weekend - a tour of the White House at the invitation of First Lady Michelle Obama. The First Lady's letter of invitation recognized the district's successful "Iron Chef" competition, an innovative nutrition education program developed by Mary Klatko, Director of Food and Nutrition Service and Laurie Collins, the district's Family and Consumer Science Coordinator. The program challenges Culinary Arts students at 12 high schools to develop and prepare a new recipe that meets school lunch criteria. Last year's winning recipe, a buffalo chicken wrap, was selected by a panel of judges including middle and high school students. The program was so successful that USDA Team Nutrition has awarded the state a grant to replicate the model in other counties.

President to Deliver Back to School Speech on September 14

President Barack Obama will deliver his second annual Back to School Speech on Tuesday, September 14. This opportunity to speak directly to students across the country falls as many students begin the new school year. Last year, President Obama encouraged students in their education and stressed the importance of taking personal responsibility for their studies.

President Obama’s Back to School comments will be broadcast in schools and online across the nation. More details will be announced soon.

Study Finds Students Who Eat School Lunch and Breakfast Have Healthier Weights

A new study funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture finds that children who participate in both the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program are more likely to have healthier weights than peers who do not eat school meals or only eat school lunch. The study researchers argue that the food served in school lunches is not as healthy as the food served in school breakfasts. The researchers acknowledge that there are a number of issues that affect school meals, including lack of funding.

Federal school lunches linked to childhood obesity

USDA Encourages Schools to Participate in the HealthierUS School Challenge

On August 23, 2010, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack encouraged schools throughout the country to participate in the HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC), an initiative that helps improve the health and nutrition of children. USDA created the HUSSC to recognize schools that maintain healthy school environments by improving the quality of meals and increasing physical activity and nutrition education. The HUSSC is also a key component of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! campaign to end childhood obesity within a generation.

Press Release

USDA Launches Produce Safety Course to School Districts

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently launched the Produce Safety University, a new food safety initiative focusing on safe handling of fresh produce by school food service operators.

The first of three week-long workshops was held in early August, combining a series of lecture, laboratory and field-trip instruction that covers all aspects of the fresh produce supply chain, from growing and harvesting, to storing and ultimately preparing. Subsequent workshops are scheduled for Sept. 27 to Oct. 1, and Oct. 18 - 22. All workshops are held at USDA’s National Training and Development Center in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Two USDA agencies, the Food and Nutrition Service and Agricultural Marketing Service, teamed up to develop and implement the workshops designed to instruct staff who train school food service handlers. These workshops – by invitation-only – are for the Food and Nutrition Service’s school foodservice program operators, state agency staff, and regional office staff.

USDA Press Release

SNA PAC Contributions Can Now Be Made Online

Contributing to SNA’s Political Action Committee is easier than ever! Contributions can now be made online with a few simple clicks. Visit this link: http://www.schoolnutrition.org/LegislativeAction.aspx and click on the SNA PAC logo. After you enter your SNA member password, click on the Donate to SNA PAC logo and make your contribution!

Every year, SNA PAC makes contributions to members of Congress who have shown leadership in fighting for the health of children. Contributions to SNA PAC help ensure that the school nutrition programs remain a priority in Washington, DC. If you do contribute to the SNA PAC, please note that only SNA members may contribute to SNA PAC. Federal law requires political action committees to report the name, mailing address, occupation and name of employer for each individual who gives more than $200 in a calendar year. Contributions to SNA PAC may be made in any amount under $5,000 and are voluntary. Your decision to contribute or not will have no bearing on your standing with the Association. Contributions to SNA PAC are not tax deductible.

President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition to Hold Meeting

The Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Secretary, Office of Public Health and Science, Office of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition will hold a meeting on September 14, 2010 from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. The goal of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition is to recognize that good nutrition, fitness and sports participation are interrelated. The meeting is expected to focus on assessing ongoing Council activities and to discuss and project future initiatives and programs. The meeting will be held at the George Washington University, 1957 E Street, NW., 7th Floor, Washington, DC. Further information about the upcoming meeting can be obtained at http://www.fitness.gov  or by calling (240) 276-9567.

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