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April 5, 2011

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SNA Comments on Meal Pattern Guidelines

Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Premier

New York Times Features Story on Philadelphia School’s Efforts on Childhood Obesity Prevention

Mark Your Calendars for ANC 2011 in Nashville!

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SNA Legislative Action Center

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SNA Comments on Meal Pattern Guidelines

SNA has submitted and published comments on the proposed meal pattern guidelines. USDA, Food and Nutrition Services, is still accepting comments on the proposed meal pattern guidelines for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. SNA is encouraging members to submit comments individually. Methods of submission include:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: go to http://www.regulations.gov then follow the instruction guide
  • Mail comments to: Julie Brewer, Chief, Policy and Program Development Branch, Child Nutrition Division, Food and Nutrition Service, Department of Agriculture, 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 640, Alexandria, VA 22302-1594
  • Hand deliver or courier to: Food and Nutrition Services, Child Nutrition Division, 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 640, Alexandria, VA 22302-1594, during normal business hours of 8:30AM – 5:00PM.

 

All comments submitted will be included in the record and made available to the public. SNA’s finalized comments are on the SNA website and members are encouraged to check the website regularly for updates.

Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Premier

The second season of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution will premiere on ABC on Tuesday, April 12 from 8:00 – 9:00pm EST. According to an ABC news release, the season’s six episodes (airing each Tuesday through May 17) will include footage of the celebrity chef’s unsuccessful efforts to film his reality show in Los Angeles Unified School District, Oliver’s speech at California SNA’s annual conference and his opposition to flavored milk choices in schools. To view a trailer for the show, visit: www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6NLmdT6rTg.

As the series airs, SNA will promote its own School Food Revolution, featuring the many positive things already happening in school cafeterias nationwide. SNA will reach out to parents and reporters about the healthier pre-prepared foods and scratch cooking efforts in schools; the fresh produce and locally grown foods on school menus; the credentials of school nutrition professionals; the ways school nutrition programs are partnering with their communities to address childhood obesity; and the important role flavored milk can play in meeting the nutritional needs of students.

School nutrition professionals are encouraged to use this opportunity to promote their programs and spread the word about the healthy foods they are serving. School Nutrition Association has updated talking points, sample letters to the editor or parents, media outreach tips and other resources to help members promote school nutrition success stories and respond to questions about school meals and flavored milk. Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/TrayTalk and click on “PR Tools” to access these materials.

Members are encouraged to direct parents and the media to www.schoolnutrition.org/TrayTalk for more information on healthy school meals. Tray Talk features success stories from school cafeterias across the country, a “Get the Facts” page addressing frequently asked questions about school meals and more.

This year, SNA members will have a new forum for discussing the Food Revolution series. In late April, SNA will launch the School Nutrition Network (SNN), our new online community, which will include a members-only discussion board about the show.

New York Times Features Story on Philadelphia School’s Efforts on Childhood Obesity Prevention

Last week’s New York Times included a story on a Philadelphia school’s efforts to curb childhood obesity. The parents of students at the William D. Kelley Elementary School volunteer each morning to stand outside a convenience store near the school. Their role is to encourage the store to refrain from selling to students between 8:15 and 8:30 in the morning, as the students are on their way to school. Students are encouraged to participate in the school breakfast program at the school, which serves healthier items, as opposed to purchasing soda, candy and other less healthy items in the convenience store. The school’s gym teacher also teaches the students nutrition education by using rewritten children’s songs and a toy model of the food pyramid. The school’s principal started the program to help improve the student’s academics, as well as to teach them to lead healthier lifestyles.

Philadelphia School Battles Students’ Bad Eating Habits, on Campus and Off – New York Times

Mark Your Calendars for ANC 2011 in Nashville!

Be sure to mark you calendars for ANC 2011 in Nashville! ANC 2011 will be from July 10-13 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. In addition to the always exciting exhibit floor, there will numerous education sessions on variety of issues important to school nutrition professionals. There will be several education sessions focusing on implementation of the new child nutrition reauthorization bill, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Schools Act. Also be sure to attend SNA’s Legislative Update, which will keep you “in the know” about important legislative issues facing the school nutrition programs.

For additional information regarding ANC 2011, including a registration form, please visit the link below.

ANC 2011


 
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