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Tuesday Morning - January 24, 2012

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January 24, 2012

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Your Best Guide to the New Meal Pattern Regulation

First Lady to Announce New Nutrition Standards for Meals Served in America’s Schools

2012 SNA Elections

Closing Session at LAC: A Roundtable Discussion Spanning More Than Three Decades of Agricultural Policy

First Lady Michelle Obama Plans Event to Highlight ‘Let’s Move’ Health Initiative

NHANES Data on Obesity in the United States

SNA Executive Team and Regional Director State Visits for February

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Your Best Guide to the New Meal Pattern Regulation

SNA is your best guide to the new USDA Meal Pattern Regulation and our members will be the first to get access to the USDA updates through the SNA website. To access this information, once you login, click under the Highlights section. Housed on the Final Meal Pattern Regulation page of the SNA site will be SNA’s roll-out Plan of Action, SNA’s Press Release, the Final Regulation and archived webinars regarding the regulation.

Content will be updated as it becomes available. You must be an SNA member to access this information. For more, please visit: http://www.schoolnutrition.org/mealpattern.

First Lady to Announce New Nutrition Standards for Meals Served in America’s Schools

On Wednesday, January 25 at 11:15 am First Lady Michelle Obama will be joined by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, at Parklawn Elementary School in Alexandria, VA to speak with parents about USDA’s new nutrition standards for school lunches. These new standards seek to ensure kids are offered fresh fruits and vegetables every day of the week, increase the offerings of whole grain-rich foods, offering only fat-free or low-fat milk varieties, as well as focusing on proper portions.

Celebrity Chef Rachael Ray will be serving a delicious meal that meets the new and improved nutrition standards for school lunches. Following their remarks, Mrs. Obama and Secretary Vilsack will then join students for lunch. SNA President, Helen Phillips, and SNA CEO Frank DiPasquale will also be in attendance.

2012 SNA Elections

The SNA Nominating Committee currently is in search of a few good candidates that want to follow in the tradition of past SNA leaders by helping to improve the Association and the lives of America’s children. Can you recommend potential candidates to run for the national Board of Directors and Nominating Committee regional representative positions, to be elected in fall 2012?

Open Board of Directors positions in this upcoming election include Vice President, Mideast Regional Director, Midwest Regional Director, Southeast Regional Director, West Regional Director, Education Committee Chair, Public Policy & Legislation Committee Chair, Research Committee Chair and Industry Representative. Representatives also are needed for the Nominating Committee from the Northeast, Northwest and Southwest Regions.

If you would like to recommend well-qualified state and regional leaders, please use the Potential Candidates Recommendation Form. Submissions must be received no later than March 31, 2012. The Nominating Committee will meet in July prior to the Annual National Conference to select the candidate slate for the 2012 Election.

Closing Session at LAC: A Roundtable Discussion Spanning More Than Three Decades of Agricultural Policy and Its Effect on Child Nutrition Programs

The School Nutrition Association is hosting the 40th Annual Legislative Action Conference from March 4-7, 2012 in Washington, DC. On Wednesday March 7th from 7:30am – 11:30 am, A Roundtable Discussion on the General Election, Agriculture, and Nutrition Programs will conclude what is sure to be an exhilarating conference.

The panel discussion will center on the increasing role that agriculture and nutrition have in decisions and policy development. We will hear from former Secretaries of Agriculture and a former Deputy Secretary of Agriculture who collectively will provide insight stemming from their experience at USDA. The discussion will include the link between funding programs and the constraints on budgets. You don’t want to miss this unique opportunity to hear candid conversations with former USDA Secretaries.

Be sure to register for LAC and make plans to stay through the end to glean perspectives covering the Reagan Administration to the Clinton Administration to the George W. Bush Administration.

The session will feature:

  • The Honorable John Block
    Block was Secretary of Agriculture under President Ronald Reagan from 1981-1986 and was involved with the 1985 Farm Bill.
  • Charles Conner
    Conner was Deputy Secretary of Agriculture under President George W. Bush serving from 2005, and was acting Secretary in 2007. Currently he is the president of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, a position he has held since January 2009.
  • The Honorable Dan Glickman
    Glickman served as the Secretary of Agriculture from 1995 – 2001 under President Bill Clinton. He currently serves as a Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center, where he focuses on public health, national security, and economic policy issues.
  • The session will be moderated by Sara Wyant, veteran farm policy reporter and president of Agri-Pulse Communications, Inc., a diversified communications firm with offices in Washington, D.C., Little Rock, Arkansas, and Camdenton, Missouri.

First Lady Michelle Obama Plans Event to Highlight ‘Let’s Move’ Health Initiative

First Lady Michelle Obama will start a three-day tour focusing on youth fitness with an event in Des Moines, Iowa, next month. The event, scheduled for February 9th, marks the second anniversary of her Let’s Move! initiative, which promotes physical fitness and healthy eating for children.

The First Lady’s Press Secretary Hannah August says Obama picked Iowa to launch the tour because of the Healthiest State program. The public-private initiative backed by Gov. Terry Branstad and others says its goal is making Iowa the nation’s healthiest state by 2016.

Thousands of children are expected to join the event featuring Mrs. Obama, Gov. Branstad, and US Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who is a former Iowa governor.

NHANES Data on Obesity in the United States

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recently released the latest National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data on obesity in the United States. The Survey was conducted from 2009 – 2010.

Data shows that more than one-third of adults and almost 17% of youth were obese in 2009–2010. However, there was no change in the prevalence of obesity among adults or children from the 2007–2008 to 2009–2010 survey. Among children and adolescents aged 2–19, more than 5 million girls and approximately 7 million boys were obese.

For more information, please visit: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db82.htm

SNA Executive Team and Regional Director State Visits for February

February 1 – 3: Alaska State Conference, Egan Center, Anchorage, AK
February 26- 28: FRAC National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference, Capital Hilton, Washington, DC
TBD: 2013 CNIC Planning Meeting, San Antonio, TX


 
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