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April 24, 2012

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Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiatives to Prevent Obesity Nominations

New USDA Farm to School Grant Program

Meeting of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition

Pew Charitable Trusts Releases Survey on Snack Foods in Schools

House Agriculture Committee Cuts SNAP

Healthy Schools Campaign and Trust for America’s Health Host Event at The National Press Club

Perspectives on Nutrition and Aging: A National Summit on August 23, 2012

Registration and Scholarships for the 6th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference

Register for the FRAC Summer Meals Matter Conference Call

Webinar: Taking on the Weight of the Nation

Webinar: Making the Connection: Linking Policies to Improve Public Safety with Preventing Childhood Obesity

CSPI Sponsored Sugary Drinks Summit

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Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiatives to Prevent Obesity Nominations

A project led by the Center for Disease Control's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) is seeking nominations for state and local initiatives that are working to improve nutrition and increase physical activity, specifically:

  1. Food Service Guidelines (Procurement): Food Service Guidelines (FSGs) are guidelines that implement organizational or programmatic nutrition standards to increase access to healthy food and beverages.
  2. Joint Use Agreements: Joint Use Agreements (JUAs) are state-, district- or school-level policies that allow for shared use of space or facilities among partners by formally outlining the terms and conditions of use, management, scheduling, maintenance and liability, as well as the roles and responsibilities of partners.

DNPAO is especially interested in initiatives that address low-income populations and ethnic groups that experience higher rates of obesity. Initiatives do not have to be federally funded to be eligible to apply. Nominated initiatives must be implemented currently and for at least 6 months to be considered. Eligible initiatives must NOT already have undergone a rigorous evaluation. The deadline is Monday, May 7, 2012. The nomination process involves completing a short online survey, available here.

New USDA Farm to School Grant Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm to School Grant Program Request for Applications (RFA) was released on April 17, 2012. Districts seeking funding to start a new program will need to identify a community partner and will be encouraged to collaborate with other districts. USDA will be sharing more information and will be seeking feedback on implementation of the program. You can receive updates directly by subscribing to the USDA Farm to School mailing list or by visiting the Farm to School website.

Two informational webinars will be offered in May and staff are open to receiving questions. For more info, please contact:

Meeting of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition

On May 1, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition (PCFSN) will hold their annual meeting as established through Executive Order. The PCFSN serves to advise the President concerning progress made in carrying out the provisions on ways to promote regular physical activity, fitness, sports participation and good nutrition. Recommendations may address, but are not necessarily limited to, public awareness campaigns; federal, state and local physical activity; fitness, sports participation and nutrition initiatives; and partnership opportunities between public- and private-sector health promotion entities. In addition, the PCFSN monitors the need to enhance programs and educational and promotional materials sponsored, overseen or disseminated by the Council, and shall advise the Secretary, as necessary. The meeting will be open to the public and will be held at the Department of Health and Human Services, 200 Independence Ave., SW, Room 800, Washington, D.C. 20201. The agenda for the planned meeting is being developed and will be posted at www.fitness.gov when it has been finalized. Registration for public attendance must be completed before close of business on April 23, 2012.

Pew Charitable Trusts Releases Survey on Snack Foods in Schools

The Pew Charitable Trusts has released the results of a new public survey that finds 80 percent of voters favor making snack foods and beverages in schools healthier. “Specifically, they favor national standards that would limit calories, fat and sodium in snack foods and beverages sold in school vending machines, school stores and cafeteria à la carte lines.” The poll was commissioned by the Kids’ Safe & Healthful Foods Project, a joint project of The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. To see the key findings, click here.

House Agriculture Committee Cuts SNAP

According to Feeding America, the “House Agriculture Committee cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by a shocking $36 billion. The House Budget Resolution instructed the Agriculture Committee to identify $33 billion in savings in programs within their jurisdiction by April 27 through budget reconciliation. Rather than spread cuts across programs within its jurisdiction, the committee took the entire $33 billion cut from SNAP, plus $3 billion more.”

Healthy Schools Campaign and Trust for America’s Health Host Event at the National Press Club

The Healthy Schools Campaign and Trust for America’s Health are hosting an event at the National Press Club on May 9th in order to present recommendations from its new initiative, Health in Mind: Improving Education Through Wellness, to Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education and Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services. Guests will hear from Secretary Duncan and Secretary Sebelius, as well as from on-the-ground leaders who are successfully promoting children’s health and learning in schools across the U.S.

If you are planning to attend, please be sure to register at http://bit.ly/HealthInMind. If you are not able to attend this event but would like to stay informed about the effort, please click here.

Perspectives on Nutrition and Aging: A National Summit

On August 23, 2012, from 7:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the Administration on Aging - Meals On Wheels Association of America will host a National Summit at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center at National Harbor, Md.

The summit will bring together a broad array of individuals and organizations from across the country for a day of future-focused dialogue around the critical link between nutrition and health in the context of a rapidly aging nation. The Summit will begin with a retrospective that honors past successes and the people and programs responsible for achieving them. This will be followed by a series of panel discussions focused on building the future of nutrition and aging. Interspersed throughout the Summit will be presentations of innovative practices and possibilities, as selected via the Perspectives Challenge. A detailed agenda will be posted once the final speaker and panel selections have been confirmed. For more details, visit http://summit.nutritionandaging.org.

Registration and Scholarships for the 6th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference

The 6th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference: Digging In! is less than four months away! Representatives from all sectors of Farm to Cafeteria will convene in Burlington, Vt., from August 2-5, 2012, for four days of education, conversations and fun. There will be skill-building short courses, field trips to innovative Vermont farms and institutions, a diverse workshop program, and plenty of opportunities to network with inspiring individuals from across the country.

Registration opens May 7th. Scholarships are available and the deadline for those is May 31st. The applications can be found on their website. For more info on the conference, visit http://farmtocafeteriaconference.org/6/schedule.

Register for the FRAC Summer Meals Matter Conference Call

On May 1, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. ET, you can join a conference call to hear what the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), USDA and other partners are planning with regard to summer meals. Learn how your organization can participate, or share activities that you have planned. Summer Meals Kick-off Week is June 11-16. The call will also cover effective outreach practices used to inform parents and the community about the availability of Summer Meals. To register, click here.

Webinar: Taking on the Weight of the Nation

Sponsored by Kaiser Permanente and Public Health Institute
Tuesday, May 1st, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (EDT)
To register, click here.

Webinar: Making the Connection: Linking Policies to Improve Public Safety with Preventing Childhood Obesity

Sponsored by Leadership for Healthy Communities
Thursday, April 26th, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (EDT)
To register, click here.

CSPI Sponsored Sugary Drinks Summit

Sponsored by the Center for Science in the Public Interest
June 7th and 8th, Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.
To register, click here.

SNA Executive Team and Regional Director State Visits for April

TBD, ANC 2013 Site Visit, Kansas City, MO
April 26-28, NLC, Galt House, Louisville, KY
April 26-28, Florida State Conference, Ocean Center, Daytona Beach, FL

SNA Executive Team and Regional Director State Visits for May

May 1-3, United Fresh Association, Dallas, TX
May 4-8, American Commodity Distribution Association, Hilton Orange County, Costa Mesa, CA
May 5, Idaho State Conference, Madison High School, Rexburg, ID
May 5-8, National Restaurant Association Show, Chicago, IL
May 9-11, 2012 Healthy Flavors, Healthy Kids (CIA), San Antonio, TX


 
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