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September 27, 2011

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FRAC Webinar: School Year 2011-2012 - New Opportunities to Increase Nutrition Resources for Low-Income School-Age Children

DASH - CDC Updated School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity

USDA Highlights MyPlate: Make Half Your Plate Fruits and Vegetables

National Surveys Reveal Disconnect Between Americans and their Food

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FRAC Webinar: School Year 2011-2012 - New Opportunities to Increase Nutrition Resources for Low-Income School-Age Children

The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) is hosting a webinar on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 from 1:00 – 2:00pm EDT. This webinar will focus on opportunities to increase nutrition resources for low-income children through improvements in direct certification, greater access to school meal applications for families with limited English proficiency, and implementation of the Afterschool Meal Program. This will be a great chance to learn about actions you can take to improve access and participation in school and afterschool meals for children.

To register, please visit:
https://frac.peachnewmedia.com/store/seminar/seminar.php?seminar=9495.

DASH - CDC Updated School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) has announced the release of the School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (Guidelines). The Guidelines update previous resources last published in the 1990s. Schools have a key role in improving the dietary and physical activity habits of students which have great influence on future health outcomes, such as obesity, type II diabetes, and heart disease.

Developed along with nutrition and physical activity experts from across the nation, the Guidelines identify best practices schools can use to help young people adopt and maintain healthy eating habits and physically active lifestyles. CDC’s research culminated with nine overarching guidelines. These guidelines are in line with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, and the Healthy People 2020 objectives related to healthy eating and physical activity among school-aged children.

For more information, please contact Sarah Lee, 770-488-6126; SKeupLee@cdc.gov, Allison Nihiser, 770-488-6508; ANihiser@cdc.gov, or visit: http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/npao/.

USDA Highlights MyPlate: Make Half Your Plate Fruits and Vegetables

US Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack joined community leaders and nutrition advocates to encourage Americans to 'Make Half Your Plate Fruits and Vegetables,' the first themed message supporting the new MyPlate food icon. Vilsack also announced that more than 4,000 organizations have joined the MyPlate Nutrition Communicators Network, doubling the number of partners since July. Vilsack urged partners across the nation to keep interest up by participating in the MyPlate Fruits and Veggies Video Challenge. USDA is encouraging everyone to submit videos that provide easy tips on how to 'Make Half Your Plate Fruits and Vegetables.'

The video challenge supports First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative, which is dedicated to solving the challenge of childhood obesity. The videos can be songs, skits, or how-to videos, but must include useful information on how to add more fruits and vegetables to the diet on a budget. Each video should feature one tip, must include the message "Make half your plate fruits and vegetables," and should direct viewers to the ChooseMyPlate.gov website.

A total of $9,000 in prize money will be awarded in three categories: Tips for Kids, Tips When Eating at Home, and Tips When Eating Away from Home. There will also be a Popular Choice Award. Judging will be done through a combination of USDA panels and public voting. Winning submissions will be used on the ChooseMyPlate.gov website and will be highlighted by MyPlate communications partners.

Winners will be announced on December 14th. For more details on the video challenge, visit: FruitsAndVeggies.challenge.gov

National Surveys Reveal Disconnect Between Americans and their Food

Two national surveys were recently released by the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA). The results indicate that Americans have concerns about food production, yet know very little about the food production process and also are divided over whether food production is headed in the right direction.

The findings of these surveys about food and how it is grown and raised were highlighted during "The Food Dialogues," a town hall-style discussion, in which SNA CEO Frank DiPasquale participated. The surveys focused on the opinions, attitudes and questions consumers and farmers/ranchers have about the current and future state of how food is grown and raised in the U.S. Results reveal that a lack of access to information, as well as little interest in the topic, have created a detached consumer opinion on the direction of agriculture.

For more information on survey findings, please visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/nationwide-surveys-reveal-disconnect-between-americans-and-their-food-130336143.html or email Paige Graham at paige.graham@ketchum.com.


 
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