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February 14, 2012

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USDA FY13 Funding Overview

FY12 and FY13 CDC Budget for Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Obesity

FNS seeking to renew OMB Clearance for the Access, Participation, Eligibility, and Certification (APEC) study

Study Shows Nearly Half of Nation's Youngest Students Can Buy Junk Foods at School

SNF Webinar Wednesdays

First Lady Michelle Obama Launches Communities on the Move Video Contest

SNA Executive Team and Regional Director State Visits for February

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USDA FY13 Funding Overview

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Fiscal Year 2013 Budget is reflective of the President’s Plan for Economic Growth and Deficit Reduction. Between 2010 and 2012, USDA’s operating budget was reduced by over 12 percent. Staffing has been cut and USDA has identified a number of areas to reduce costs and ways to make operations more efficient. The 2013 request for discretionary budget authority to fund programs and operating expenses is about $24 billion, about the same as provided in 2012. This is somewhat offset through about $1 billion in proposed limits on selected mandatory programs. For 2013, more reductions in staffing levels, among other actions, are proposed to reduce costs. Additionally, the budget proposes to reduce or terminate selected programs and reallocate resources to fund targeted investments in select programs and infrastructure to provide a foundation for sustainable economic growth.

Funding for mandatory programs is projected to increase in 2013 by nearly $8 billion due to a one-time shift in the timing of certain crop insurance costs mandated by the 2008 Farm Bill. In 2013, rising employment and household incomes are expected to reduce the need for nutrition assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and lead to fewer program participants.

USDA’s total expenses for 2013 are estimated at $155 billion. Approximately 83 percent of expenditures, about $128 billion in 2013, are associated with mandatory programs that provide services as required by law. Specific program budget increases are as follows:

  • WIC is being increased from $6.6 billion to $7.0 billion
  • SNAP is being increased from $80.4 billion to about $82 billion
  • Child Nutrition Programs are being increased from $18.2 billion to $19.7 billion

The entire budget overview can be viewed here.

FY12 and FY13 CDC Budget for Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Obesity

Total funding requested for Fiscal Year 2013 for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) total $11.2 billion. This amount includes discretionary authority, mandatory funding, Public Health Service (PHS) Evaluation funds, transfers from the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund (PHSSEF), and allocations from Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF) for CDC and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). The overall amount is $39.5 million above the FY 2012 level.

CDC has provided $10 million to be directed toward the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity for FY2012 from the Prevention, restoring funding for the program to its current level of $44 million for this year.

CDC’s FY 2013 Budget Request Summary can be found here.
CDC Health and Human Services 2013 budget brief document can be viewed at: http://www.hhs.gov/budget/budget-brief-fy2013.pdf

FNS seeking to renew OMB Clearance for the Access, Participation, Eligibility, and Certification (APEC) study

USDA is seeking to renew OMB Clearance granted for The Access, Participation, Eligibility, and Certification (APEC) study. The new study will produce national estimates of overpayment, underpayment and overall erroneous payments made under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP). The study will measure certification error and meal counting and claiming error for School Year (SY) 2012-2013; and develop and validate estimation models to be used by USDA's FNS staff for updating the erroneous payment estimate annually with NSLP and SBP administrative records and extant data. Models are being developed because it would be cost prohibitive to conduct an annual, nationally representative data collection effort to measure improper payments. Developing an estimation model to produce updated annual estimates using available data is a logical approach to meeting the intent of the Improper Payments Information Act of 2002.

Additionally, this study will produce separate estimates of inconsistent payments for Local Education Agencies participating in the Community Eligibility Option and will examine alternatives to develop estimates of erroneous payment estimates at the state level. Data collected from school districts and households will be used to produce estimates of erroneous payments in at least one state and to create and validate estimation models for generating annual estimates of erroneous payments at the state level.

Comments must be submitted by April 9 to Steven Carlson, Office of Research and Analysis, Food and Nutrition Service, USDA, 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 1014, Alexandria, VA 22302. Comments may also be submitted via fax to the attention of Steven Carlson at (703) 305-2576, via e-mail to steve.carlson@fns.usda.gov, or through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov.

For more, visit: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-02-09/pdf/2012-2966.pdf

Study Shows Nearly Half of Nation's Youngest Students Can Buy Junk Foods at School

A recently released study found that junk food remains plentiful at elementary schools across the nation, despite widespread efforts to curb childhood obesity. Between 2006 and 2010, nearly half of public and private schools surveyed sold sweet or salty snack foods in vending machines or other places, the study, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, found.

Over the four year study, little changes were made to vending machine snacks, which are made available to a large portion of students throughout the day. The study focused on snacks not sold during mealtimes, which until recently weren’t subject to government nutrition standards. Schools most likely to sell chips, cookies or similar foods were in the South, where obesity rates are the highest; these foods were scarcest at schools in the West.

For more on the study findings, visit: http://www.bridgingthegapresearch.org/research/elementary_school_survey/

SNF Webinar Wednesdays

School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) will be hosting a webinar on Wednesday, February 22nd, entitled, “Teamwork is Key to Successful Food Allergy Management in Schools,” at 2 pm EST. During this webinar, you will hear from the school nutrition director in Spokane, Wash., a representative from the NEA Health Information Network and other experts on using a teamwork approach to manage food allergies in the school setting. During the call, SNF will be releasing its newest online training tools and the Food Allergy Resource Center.

Additionally, on Tuesday, March 6th, SNF will be host a Peer2Peer Connect call as a continuation of the discussion. Check in with the expert panel, ask questions and share best practices around food allergy management.

To sign up for this free webinar, visit: www.schoolnutrition.org/webinars.

First Lady Michelle Obama Launches Communities on the Move Video Contest

To help highlight the 2nd anniversary of the Let’s Move! initiative, First Lady Michelle Obama announced the Communities on the Move video challenge and invited faith-based, community and other non-profit organizations to create videos about their efforts to reverse childhood obesity. The challenge will recognize community efforts that promote healthy lifestyles for kids by encouraging smart eating through USDA’s MyPlate icon, increasing physical activity and/or ensuring access to healthy, affordable foods.

Videos should be between one to three minutes long, have a clear connection to Let’s Move! and describe how the organization has worked to improve the wellness of children. Videos must focus on topics in one or more of three areas of interest: healthy eating, physical activity and/or access to healthy, affordable food. At some point in the video, it must direct viewers to www.letsmove.gov for more information.

There will be two winning entries selected: a First Prize winner judged by a panel of experts from Let’s Move!, USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services, and a Popular Choice winner selected through public voting. Both winners will be invited to Washington, D.C., for a Let’s Move! event where they will have a special opportunity to showcase their video. They each will receive an award of $1,000 to defray travel costs. In addition, up to seven Honorable Mention winners will be selected and invited to Washington, D.C., as well. All the winners will have their videos featured on the Let’s Move! website.

More information can be found at: http://communities.challenge.gov.

SNA Executive Team and Regional Director State Visits for February

February 26-28: FRAC National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference, Capital Hilton, Washington, D.C.

TBD: CNIC 2013 Planning Meeting, San Antonio, Texas


 
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