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September 20, 2011

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USDA Announces Results of Summer Feeding Pilots to Help Prevent Childhood Hunger When School is Out

President Obama to Deliver Back-to-School Speech

FDA/FSIS Request for More Information: Approaches to Reducing Sodium Intake

USDA Grants Available to Improve the Health and Future of Americas Children

Webinar Wednesday: SNA’s Certification and Credentialing Program

USDA Launches Student Video Contest to Highlight the Importance of Ending Childhood Hunger

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USDA Announces Results of Summer Feeding Pilots to Help Prevent Childhood Hunger When School is Out

US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary Kevin Concannon revealed the results of two Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) pilot programs in Arkansas and Mississippi that used incentives to increase program participation among low-income families with children. The results showed that the pilot programs were associated with increased participation among kids in SFSP by 35 percent in Arkansas and 19 percent in Mississippi.

The program report is an evaluation of the impact of two 2010 Enhanced Summer Food Service Program demonstrations designed to prevent food insecurity and hunger among children during summer break. The Arkansas project offered per-lunch incentives to encourage SFSP providers or sponsors to operate for an extended period of the summer. The Mississippi program offered new recreational or educational activities at SFSP feeding sites to encourage higher levels of participation. While a number of other factors in these states, including additional funding in Arkansas to enhance the program, may have influenced the results, the changes are consistent with positive impacts from the demonstrations.

For more on SFSP data, please visit: http://www.fns.usda.gov/fns/data.htm

President Obama to Deliver Back-to-School Speech

On Wednesday, September 28 at 1:30pm EDT, President Barack Obama will deliver his third annual Back-to-School Speech at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Washington, DC.

The President’s Back-to-School Speech is an opportunity to directly address and engage students across the nation. In past years, President Obama has encouraged students to study hard and take responsibility for their education, urging students to set goals and to believe in themselves.

President Obama’s Back-to-School Speech will be live streamed on www.WhiteHouse.gov so that classrooms across the country may listen to or watch the remarks. The speech will also air live on MSNBC as a special feature of NBC News’ “Education Nation”.

For more information, visit www.whitehouse.gov/back-to-school.

FDA/FSIS Request for More Information: Approaches to Reducing Sodium Intake

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) are announcing the establishment of dockets to obtain comments, data, and evidence in regards to the dietary intake of sodium as well as current and emerging approaches to promote sodium reduction. FDA and FSIS are interested in research that will help them better understand current and emerging practices by industry in sodium reduction in foods; current consumer understanding of the role of sodium in hypertension and other chronic illnesses, sodium consumption practices; motivation and barriers in reducing sodium in daily food intakes; and issues associated with developing sodium reduction targets in foods.

Excessive sodium intake is linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. FDA and FSIS recognize ongoing efforts by a number of members of the restaurant and packaged food industries to reduce sodium and would like to learn more about these initiatives. Continued input and support from industry and other stakeholders are important to support further progress on this significant public health issue.

Electronic submissions can be sent through http://www.regulations.gov. Submit written comments and to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. All submissions must include the Agency name and docket number FDA-2011-N-0400. Comments and data must be submitted by November 29, 2011.

For more information, visit: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-15/pdf/2011-23753.pdf

USDA Grants Available to Improve the Health and Future of Americas Children

US Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced investments across the country to help children develop life-long healthy nutrition and physical activity habits. The grants will provide nutrition education materials, resources for children and parents, and technical assistance and training for school food service providers and communities participating in the National School Lunch and Child and Adult Care Food Programs. The $6.4 million in funding supports elementary and secondary schools applying for the HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC), a key component of the First Lady's Let's Move! initiative to end childhood obesity within a generation.

States had the opportunity to apply for up to two Team Nutrition Training Grants for fiscal year 2011, competitive and/or non-competitive. The non-competitive grant funds are awarded as a basis to support States in their efforts to significantly increase the number of schools applying for the HealthierUS School Challenge. States that guarantee a specific number of HUSSC applications during the grant period received a non-competitive award. In total, 31 States will receive the grants.

More information on the Team Nutrition Training Grants and how schools can become Team Nutrition and HealthierUS School Challenge schools is available at teamnutrition.usda.gov.

Webinar Wednesday: SNA’s Certification and Credentialing Program

The School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) in partnership with the School Nutrition Association (SNA) is offering a FREE Wednesday Webinar this Wednesday, September 21, 2011 from 2:00-3:15 pm EDT, entitled “SNA’s Certification and Credentialing Program: A Step-by-Step Guide.”This webinar will answer your questions on the process for SNA’s Certification Levels 1, 2, and 3, Trainer Certification, and SNS Credentialing. Shantal Hall, SNA's Certification & Credentialing Manager, will provide an overview on the entire process for certification and credentialing, invite participants to ask questions and share ideas, and address upcoming changes to both programs. Get all of your certification and credentialing questions answered in this webinar!

Objectives:

  • Participants will learn the fundamentals of SNA's certification process
  • Participants will gain an understanding of the requirements needed to move through the certification levels
  • Participants will gain an understanding of the SNS credentialing program

 

To register, go to: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/631167498

USDA Launches Student Video Contest to Highlight the Importance of Ending Childhood Hunger

Last week, as part of Hunger Action Month, USDA Under Secretary Kevin Concannon invited children across America to show the country what they are doing to help end childhood hunger in their school or neighborhood by entering the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Ending Childhood Hunger Video Contest.

Original student videos should be two minutes or less and show innovative ideas or ways they are trying to end childhood hunger in America. The winning videos will be showcased online and will serve to inspire students across the country to take action on the issue of childhood hunger.

Data shows that while in most households, children were protected from substantial reductions in food intake, children experienced very low food security in about 1 percent or 386,000 households in 2010. In these households, one or more children do not get enough to eat – they had to cut the size of their meals, skip meals, or even go whole days without food at some time during the year.

The contest is open to students from first through twelfth grade. Twelve finalists will be chosen in three categories: elementary, middle/junior high, and high schools. The public will vote on the finalists to determine the top two winners in each category. Videos must be submitted by October 21, 2011.

For additional information, please visit: http://endhunger.challenge.gov.


 
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