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October 12, 2010

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“School Lunch – What's On Your Tray?” Promoting Healthy Lunch Choices for Students

National School Lunch Week – Presidential Proclamation

Nutrition Excellence Award Presented to Chicago-area School by USDA

USDA Announces 13 New HealthierUS Schools Challenge Award Winners

USDA Updates Website Information

How to Get the Recognition and Resources Your School Deserves

SNA Extends FAME Nominations until October 13

Register Today for Lights On Afterschool!

Briefing Held on Urban Institute Emergency Food Assistance and Hispanic Children

SNA Legislative Action Center

Legislative Toolkit

“School Lunch – What's On Your Tray?” Promoting Healthy Lunch Choices for Students

The non-profit School Nutrition Association (SNA) is hosting “School Lunch – What’s on Your Tray?” an interactive campaign that aims to inspire every type of student to get excited about healthy school lunch choices. The campaign, featured in school cafeterias nationwide, will culminate during National School Lunch Week, October 11-15, 2010.

Students who visit www.WhatsOnYourTray.org can take a personality quiz to reveal which of the site’s cool cartoon characters fit their personality the best. Whether they score as a social star, busy bee, sports fanatic or just totally chilled-out, students can learn what foods are best to fuel them up, keep them healthy and get the most out of their action-packed school days. Each character comes paired with healthy eating tips, emphasizing the components of well balanced school meals.

http://www.schoolnutrition.org/Blog.aspx?id=14568&blogid=564  

http://www.schoolnutrition.org/Content.aspx?id=14478

National School Lunch Week – Presidential Proclamation

Last week, President Barack Obama issued a Presidential Proclamation to recognize the week of October 10 through October 16, 2010 as National School Lunch Week. His statement acknowledged the dedicated work of school nutrition professionals and other professionals who support activities that contribute to the health and well-being of our Nation’s children. President Obama recognized the importance of the National School Lunch Program through the course of history and encouraged American’s to recommit to serving meals that will contribute to the health and well-being of the next generation.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/10/08/presidential-proclamation-national-school-lunch-week

Nutrition Excellence Award Presented to Chicago-area School by USDA

Last week, Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan presented the HealthierUS School Challenge Gold of Distinction Award to the Academy for Global Citizenship (AGC). The Academy for Global Citizenship (AGC) is the first school in both Chicago and the Midwest to receive the Gold of Distinction Award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture as part of its HealthierUS School Challenge.

The USDA believes schools should take a leadership role in helping students learn to make healthy eating and physical activity choices. In February 2010, First Lady Michelle Obama introduced the Let's Move! Campaign and incorporated the USDA HealthierUS School Challenge (www.fns.usda.gov/tn/HealthierUS/index.html) to raise a healthier generation of kids. Together, the initiatives encourage schools throughout the nation to make changes to their school nutrition environment, provide opportunities for physical activity and nutrition education, and serve students more nutritious, healthier choices.

http://www.fns.usda.gov/cga/PressReleases/2010/0506.htm

USDA Announces 13 New HealthierUS Schools Challenge Award Winners

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced 13 new HealthierUS Schools Challenge award winners. The winning school nutrition programs will be recognized by the USDA during National School Lunch Week this week. The school nutrition programs were recognized for meeting certain criteria, including meeting nutrition standards, emphasizing fruits and vegetables, offering whole grain items and providing nutrition and physical education.

USDA has awarded 854 schools in 38 states for their outstanding commitment to child nutrition. They are committed to recognizing 1250 schools by June 2011.

For more information on the HealthierUS Schools Challenge, please visit the link below.

HealthierUS Schools Challenge

USDA Update Website Information

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service recently updated the School Meals Program Data. The updated information includes data regarding: National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast, Special Milk, Child and Adult Care Food and Summer Food Service.

http://www.fns.usda.gov/pd/cnpmain.htm

The USDA, Child Nutrition (CN) Labeling Program has recent updates as well. The USDA CN Labeling Program provides food manufacturers the option to include a standardized food crediting statement on their product label. Labels must be authorized by USDA, FNS prior to use and manufacturers must have quality control procedures and inspection oversight that meet the FNS requirements. Products produced in accordance with the CN Labeling Program are generally purchased by foodservice providers for FNS meal programs.

Additional information can be found here: http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/cnlabeling/default.htm

How to Get the Recognition and Resources Your School Deserves

The School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) in partnership with the National Dairy Council will be offering a FREE webinar on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 from 2:00-3:15 pm EDT, entitled “How to Get the Recognition Your School Deserves.”
What an exciting time to work in schools! There is so much buzz around nutrition, children, and school meals. Among this buzz, are some great programs and resources to help strengthen and recognize school nutrition operations. The District of Excellence, HealthierUS Schools Challenge, and Fuel Up to Play 60 programs are three of the industry's leading distinctions and resources. But, sometimes we get caught up in the buzz and don't have time to focus on the details.

SNA Extends FAME Nominations until October 13

Do you know of a school nutrition leader or innovator you’d like to nominate for a national Foodservice Achievement Management Excellence (FAME) Award? There’s still time to submit your nomination—the deadline has been extended to October 13, 2010.

Winning a FAME award is a tremendous honor—but so is being nominated! The nominations for this and other school nutrition awards programs frequently are used as leads and resources by School Nutrition, the flagship publication of SNA, and other foodservice media to showcase best practices and creative strategies. Participation in the FAME Awards program is a great way to shine the spotlight on your district and help spread the word to outside communities that school nutrition professionals are experts in contributing to the health and welfare of America’s children.

Past winners have included Global Child Nutrition Foundation President Gene White, SNA Chief Executive Officer Barbara Belmont, SNA Washington Counsel Marshall Matz and former USDA director Les Johnson. Nominations will be taken online or via a downloadable form at www.fameawards.net.

To submit a nomination and learn more:
http://www.schoolnutrition.org/Blog.aspx?id=14508&blogid=622

Register Today for Lights On Afterschool!

Have your afterschool program join thousands of others participating in the 11th Annual Lights On Afterschool rally. Afterschool programs across the country will be showcasing their efforts to help working families by providing children with safe places to go to after school to learn and grow. The 11th annual Lights On Afterschool rally will be held on Thursday, October 21, 2010. Today, the Afterschool Alliance will release a new edition of its report, America After 3 PM: From Big Cities to Small Towns. The report takes a look at the status of afterschool programs nationwide.

For more information on Lights On Afterschool and the America After 3 PM report, please visit the link below.

Lights On Afterschool

Briefing Held on Urban Institute Emergency Food Assistance and Hispanic Children

The Urban Institute held a briefing on Tuesday, October 5th, to discuss the findings in a report entitled “Emergency Food Assistance Helps Many Low-Income Hispanic Children.” The report shows that the Hispanic demographic disproportionately needs food assistance. Some of the discussion focused on the federal school nutrition programs. One of the panelists, Guillermina Jasso, a sociology professor at New York University suggested that the National School Lunch Program should be made universal. Carlos Rodriguez, Vice President of Agency Relations and Benefit Access for the Food Bank for New York City suggested that organizations must address barriers within communities that are preventing children from receiving needed nutrition.

For more information on the report, please visit the link below.

 Urban Institue Report on Food Assistance to Hispanic Children  (pdf)

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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