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May 8, 2012

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House Hearing on Specialty Crops and Nutrition Programs

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics on Sweetened Food within a Healthful Eating Plan

Interim Rule Amends Meal Requirements for the National School Lunch Program Under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010

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

2012 National Food Policy Conference

Archive Available for the “Grains in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs: What Are the New Requirements?” Webinar

Peer to Peer Call: Success with the School Meal Guidelines and Flavored Milk

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House Hearing on Specialty Crops and Nutrition Programs

On May 8, 2012, at 11:00 am ET, the subcommittee on nutrition and horticulture will hold a hearing regarding the formulation of the 2012 Farm Bill on the topics of Specialty Crops and Nutrition Programs. The hearing will be at 1300 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C.

Health in Mind: Improving Education Through Wellness

Healthy Schools Campaign and Trust for America’s Health are hosting an event on May 9th, from 9:00 am to 10:45 am, at The National Press Club in Washington, D.C. At this event, they will present recommendations from their new initiative, Health in Mind: Improving Education Through Wellness, to Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education and Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services. Healthy Schools Campaign and Trust for America’s Health will release policy recommendations focused on the idea that schools must address health and wellness in order for all kids to learn and achieve in school. Schools cannot close the achievement gap or help all children reach their full potential unless they address health and wellness. You can register at http://bit.ly/HealthInMind.

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics on Sweetened Food within a Healthful Eating Plan

In a newly updated position paper on nutritive and non-nutritive sweeteners, the Academy says:

It is the position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that consumers can safely enjoy a range of nutritive sweeteners and nonnutritive sweeteners when consumed within an eating plan that is guided by current federal nutrition recommendations, such as the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the Dietary Reference Intakes, as well as individual health goals and personal preference.

The Academy’s updated position paper was published in the May issue of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and can be found on the Academy’s website. It was written by registered dietitians Cindy Fitch, extension professor at West Virginia University; and Kathryn S. Keim, professor of clinical nutrition at Rush University.

Interim Rule Amends Meal Requirements for the National School Lunch Program Under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010

USDA has published an interim rule that amends National School Lunch Program regulations to conform to requirements contained in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 regarding performance-based cash assistance for school food authorities certified compliant with meal pattern and nutrition standards. This rule requires state agencies to certify participating school food authorities that are in compliance with meal pattern and nutrition standard requirements as eligible to receive performance-based cash assistance for each reimbursable lunch served, an additional six cents per lunch beginning October 1, 2012. The interim rule is in effect July 1, 2012.

Comments regarding this rule will be accepted until July 26, 2012. You can learn more here, or to view the full text of the interim rule, click here.

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, conversation 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 7, 2012. Scholarships are available and the deadline is May 31st. For a scholarship application, visit http://farmtocafeteriaconference.org/6/scholarships.To learn more, visit http://farmtocafeteriaconference.org/6/schedule.

2012 National Food Policy Conference

Sponsored by Consumer Federation of America
May 17–18, 2012, Capitol Hilton Hotel
For more information and to register visit http://events.signup4.net/foodpolicy2012

Archive Available for the “Grains in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs: What Are the New Requirements?” Webinar

If you missed this webinar, which was hosted at capacity by the School Nutrition Foundation in partnership with General Mills, you can now view the archived webinar at http://schoolnutrition.org/Content.aspx?id=17113.

Peer to Peer Call: Success with the School Meal Guidelines and Flavored Milk

Today, from 2:00–3:00 pm EST, the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF), in partnership with MilkPEP, will be offering a free Peer2Peer call entitled: "Success with the School Meal Guidelines and Flavored Milk.” Join SNF for a 60-minute Q & A discussion with Jon Dickl, MBA, SNS, Director of School Nutrition, Knox County (Tenn.) Schools, and Jessica Shelly, Director of Food Services, Cincinnati (Ohio) Public Schools. Benefit from their experiences revamping their menus based on the new USDA guidelines, and learn how to highlight menu changes that can make an impact on key stakeholders. Plus, gain insights from the results of a new consumer survey that shows moms want their children to have healthy and nutritious choices on the school menu, including fat-free flavored milk. For more information and to register, please click here.

SNA Executive Team and Regional Director State Visits for May

May 1-3, United Fresh Produce 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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