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May 31, 2011

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USDA to Release New Dietary Guidelines Icon

Earn CEUs for SNA/USDA Webinar

Organization Letter Opposing House Ag Appropriations Cuts

Society for Nutrition Education Annual Conference

2010 Dietary Guidelines Icon Webinar

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USDA to Release New Dietary Guidelines Icon

On Thursday, June 2, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will release the new icon that will replace the Food Guide Pyramid. The new icon will help guide consumers to make healthier food choices. The 2010 White House Obesity Task Force asked for a simpler version of the current MyPyramid design to encourage all Americans to adopt healthier eating habits. The icon will be consistent with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Along with the new icon, USDA is creating a comprehensive nutrition communication plan that provides consumers with easy-to-understand dietary recommendations and a new website with more detailed information.

More information will be available on the USDA website after the new icon is revealed.

Earn CEUs for SNA/USDA Webinar

SNA and USDA will host a webinar on Tuesday, June 14th from 2 – 3:15PM EDT to discuss the implementation of Sections 205 and 206 of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. Webinar participants will earn 1 continuing education unit (CEU).

During the webinar, representatives from USDA will discuss Sections 205 and 206, including the soon to be released interim rule on implementing these sections. Section 205 is the Meal Price Equity provision, which requires school food authorities (SFA) to raise the price of paid meals if the price charged to students does not meet or exceed the federal reimbursement for free meals. Section 206 sets guidelines for how much revenue from a la carte lines and vending machines may be used in support of the district’s school nutrition program.

Additionally, USDA will provide a status report on the implementation of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act as well as a brief update on the proposed meal pattern regulation.

In addition to USDA representatives, the webinar will also include SNA’s Public Policy and Legislation Committee Chair Melanie Konarik, SNS.

Registration information is forthcoming. Please make sure you visit the SNA website for additional information as it becomes available. Please note that this webinar will be held on a Tuesday, as part of a special webinar series from SNA.

Organization Letter Opposing House Ag Appropriations Cuts

The School Nutrition Association has signed on to a letter which opposes the recent cuts to nutrition programs in the House Agriculture Appropriations bill. The bill was passed in the subcommittee on May 24 for fiscal year 2012 spending and would result in hundreds of thousands of low-income women, infants, children, and seniors losing needed nutrition assistance. Additionally, the more than 20 percent cut to both commodity support and administrative funding that goes to local charities through the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) would force communities to cut back services or turn away clients when they need it most.

Society for Nutrition Education Annual Conference

The Society for Nutrition Education (SNE) will hold its 40th annual conference in Kansas City on July 23-26. “Empowering the Nutrition Gatekeepers: From Parents to Products to Policy” is the theme of this year’s conference. School food service professionals are encouraged to attend the pre-conference workshop led by SNE President-Elect Brian Wansink on how to make a smarter lunchroom. Early registration ends June 17.

Conference attendees will experience education sessions featuring the latest research on dietary guidelines, educational strategies, nutrition policy, and wellness initiatives.

More details can be found at http://www.sne.org/events/conference.html.

2010 Dietary Guidelines Icon Webinar

On Thursday, June 23 at 12-1:15 PM EDT the Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition and General Mills are sponsoring “Putting the 2010 Dietary Guidelines to Work in Your Practice” a free webinar featuring the new 2010 Dietary Guidelines Icon. This webinar will be a great opportunity for listeners to ask questions about the new guidelines and the new icon replacing the MyPyramid logo. More details will be released soon, including login information.


 
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