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September 7, 2010

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Take Action on Child Nutrition Reauthorization!

School Nutrition in the News from Florida to Massachusetts

USDA Official Meets with Students and Staff for Fuel Up To Play 60 Event

President Obama Declares September National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Tray Talk Features Success Story from Auburn School District in Washington State

SNA PAC Contributions Can Now Be Made Online

SNA Legislative Action Center

Legislative Toolkit

Take Action on Child Nutrition Reauthorization!

SNA is calling on all members to contact their Members of Congress and ask them to remove Section 409 from H.R. 5504, the House version of the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act. If passed, Section 409 would, for the first time, establish Federal requirements for locally determined paid school meal prices. School nutrition programs would require schools to establish rules for the amount of per-meal revenue collected for paid meals. SNA is concerned that increasing school meal prices will result in a drop in participation and increase social stigma for children receiving free and reduced price meals, as well as place an increased financial burden on parents during a difficult economy.

Please send an Action Alert to your Member of Congress, asking them to remove Section 409 from H.R. 5504. For a suggested letter, please visit the link below.

Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill Needs Your Help!

School Nutrition in the News from Florida to Massachusetts

Recent changes to the school lunch menus in the Polk County School District earned this Florida school district the School Nutrition Association’s District of Excellence award. More choices have been made available for students including different kids of fruit and salads as well as new twists on the old favorites. One of these twists is the addition of vitamin C to the French friends (which are baked, not fried). Other new items include sweet potato friends and blueberry parfaits.

http://www.theledger.com/article/20100901/NEWS/9015014/1326?Title=Polk-s-School-Food-Lines-Have-More-Healthy-Choices  

The Boston Globe displays an equally positive school lunch story about school lunches in Massachusetts. In the article, “A Nibble Here, and a Nibble There”, describes the school lunch makeover that many schools have received. In part, due to dedicated staff of nutrition educators and school food service personnel, school lunches have stepped into the spotlight to show that school food lines have a variety of healthy offerings for students.

http://www.theledger.com/article/20100901/NEWS/9015014/1326?Title=Polk-s-School-Food-Lines-Have-More-Healthy-Choices  

USDA Official Meets with Students and Staff for Fuel Up To Play 60 Event

On September 2, 2010, USDA Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon met with students and staff at Southern Middle School to applaud their participation in Fuel Up to Play 60, an initiative that promotes better nutrition and increased physical activity. Fuel Up to Play 60, is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by the National Dairy Council (NDC) and the National Football League (NFL), with support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), that empowers and encourages youth to eat nutrient-rich foods (low-fat and fat-free dairy, fruits, vegetables and whole grains) and to achieve 60 minutes of physical activity every day.

This partnership engages the public and encourages the promotion of better nutrition and physical activity.

First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign is working to ensure the health and well-being of America’s children by promoting safe, balanced and nutritious meals and encouraging active lifestyles through programs like Fuel Up to Play 60. Strengthening the Child Nutrition Act is the legislative centerpiece of Let’s Move! campaign.To learn more about the First Lady’s Let’s Move! campaign, visit www.LetsMove.gov .

USDA Speaks at Healthy Students, Healthy Schools Fuel Up to Play 60 Event 

President Obama Declares September National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Last week, President Barack Obama declared September National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. President Obama called on all Americans to do more to halt the epidemic of childhood obesity. In the proclamation, the President detailed the strategies of Let’s Move, First Lady Michelle Obama’s campaign to encourage healthier nutrition habits and physical activity. It also discusses the work of the Task Force on Childhood Obesity and which provisions in the healthcare bill will help fight childhood obesity.

To view the proclamation, please visit the link below.

Presidential Proclamation – National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/09/01/presidential-proclamation-national-childhood-obesity-awareness-month

Tray Talk Features Success Story from Auburn School District in Washington State

In Auburn School District in Washington State, school lunches include oven roasted veggies like carrots, zucchini, beans, beets, sweet potatoes and kale, as well as fresh plums, pears and watermelon. Much of the produce comes straight from the school garden.

SNA’s new Tray Talk website, www.TrayTalk.org , is designed to spotlight school meal successes such as the one mentioned above from Washington State and to provide parents with information about healthy school meals. The recently launched site features “School Nutrition Success Stories” from across the country, putting the spotlight on two different school nutrition programs each month. “Latest News on the Tray” stories will be posted monthly to provide details on hot topics in school nutrition.

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 help 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.

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.


 
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