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Tuesday Morning - November 27, 2012

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November 27, 2012

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Report Released - 2012 Shape of the Nation Report: Status of Physical Education in the USA

USDA Revised Policy Memo: FD-049 Substitution and Valuation of USDA Cheese

Nominations Sought for 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee

SNA Submits Comments to USDA on Regulation on Implementing a Review Process

November 28th Webinar: Protecting Low-income Families in the Fiscal Showdown

November 29th Webinar: Farm to School + New Meal Pattern

Share Our Strength Expanding No Kid Hungry Allies Program

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Report Released - 2012 Shape of the Nation Report: Status of Physical Education in the USA

The National Association for Sport and Physical Education and the American Heart Association have released the 2012 Shape of the Nation Report: Status of Physical Education in the USA. This periodic report provides a very useful summary of PE requirements in each state and other analyses of physical education programs. To read the full report, click here.

USDA Revised Policy Memo: FD-049 Substitution and Valuation of USDA Cheese

In November 2005, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) issued Policy Memorandum FD-049 to assist school food authorities (SFAs) in providing healthier options and a wider variety of cheese products for students. The policy memorandum permits processors to substitute cheese donated by the Department of Agriculture (i.e., USDA cheese) with other varieties of cheese produced for the commercial market. In this revised Policy Memorandum FD-049, FNS will continue to provide the substitution option for certain varieties of USDA cheese, with some clarification. To read the memo in full, click here.

Nominations Sought for 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee

The Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Agriculture (USDA) are accepting nominations to the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) until 6:00 pm on Tuesday, December 11, 2012. This date has been updated from previous announcements. The departments are welcoming input from all sectors in responding to the request for nominations of individuals to serve on this important Committee. Self-nominations are also welcomed. To view the complete announcement, as well as the federal register notice, visit www.dietaryguidelines.gov.

SNA Submits Comments to USDA on Regulation on Implementing a Review Process

SNA recently submitted comments in response to a proposed rule entitled “Independent Review of Applications Required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010,” as published in the Federal Register on September 13, 2012. SNA submitted five pages of comments addressing a number of concerns with these additional regulatory requirements, including timing of implementation, integration with other changes, cost and staffing, source of errors, timeframes, training, and the process for review. To read the Federal Register notice, click here. To read SNA’s response and comments in full, click here.

November 28th Webinar: Protecting Low-income Families in the Fiscal Showdown

Half in Ten, the campaign to cut poverty in half in ten years, has released a report, The Right Choices to Cut Poverty and Restore Shared Prosperity, which tracks the nation’s and every state’s progress on key indicators of expanding economic opportunity. The report outlines the stakes for struggling families in the upcoming policy fights and outlines solutions to create greater economic security and opportunity for all. Tomorrow, November 28th (3:00 pm EST), Half in Ten will host the “Protecting Low-income families in the fiscal showdown: Resources and Action Steps” webinar, which will review key findings of the report. To RSVP for the webinar, click here.

November 29th Webinar: Farm to School + New Meal Pattern

On Thursday, November 29th (1:00 pm EST), USDA will host a webinar to focus on inclusion of local and regional products in the new meal pattern. In addition to USDA Farm to School personnel, FNS Child Nutrition Program staff will also be on hand to answer any questions about the new meal pattern and local and regional products. To RSVP for the webinar and to receive dial-in instructions, please contact Laura Brown at laura.brown@fns.usda.gov.

Share Our Strength Expanding No Kid Hungry Allies Program

In 2011, Share Our Strength launched the No Kid Hungry Allies Program and selected 13 nonprofit organizations in 12 states across the country to fight childhood hunger. These organizations have expertise in anti-hunger issues, child nutrition programs and work with low-income families; demonstrated the ability to develop creative strategies for ending childhood hunger; and presented a long-term, metric-driven plan with innovative solutions to ending child hunger in their community. This year, they are expanding the No Kid Hungry Allies program and are looking for additional organizations to join the fight to end childhood hunger. If you know of a nonprofit that may be a good fit, please direct them to http://nokidhungry.org/allies to learn more.

SNA Executive Team and Regional Director State Visits for November

November 1-4, Mississippi State Conference, Tupelo, MS
November 2-3, Arkansas State Conference, Hot Springs, AR
November 2-4, Missouri State Conference, Springfield, MO
November 7-8, SNA Industry Boot Camp, Bethesda, MD
November 9-11, Michigan State Conference, Acme, MI
November 9-11, California State Conference, Pasadena, CA


 
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