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January 15, 2013

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Federal Policy

LAC Program Packed with Excitement from Pre-Conference Sessions to Receptions
SNA Public Policy and Legislation Committee Drafts Issue Paper
SNA Updates “We Can Do This: Advice and Resources for Meeting the NSLP New Meal Pattern”
New Menus for the New Meal Pattern from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation
USDA Releases a Memo Extending Deadlines on School Food Authority Paid Lunch Price

State Policy

California Governor Brown Proposes Education Funding Re-launch with Increase of $77 Million for CN Programs
Vermont Governor Shumlin Proposes Free Lunch for All Low-income Students
West Virginia Considers Bill Clarifying Beverage Sales in Schools

Reports, Webinars, and Events

Afterschool Meals Matter Conference Call: Serve Holiday and Weekend Meals
USDA Has Released the School Nutrition Dietary Assessment Study IV
Making the Economic Case for Addressing Obesity in the United States
Childhood Obesity More Likely to Affect Children in Poorer Neighborhoods

SNA Executive Team Events and Regional Meetings


Federal Policy

LAC Program Packed with Excitement from Pre-Conference Sessions to Receptions

SNA’s 2013 Legislative Action Conference (LAC), March 3-6, is jam packed with great education sessions, pre-conference sessions, and a first-of-its-kind reception on the Hill. This year, two great pre-conference sessions are being offered on Saturday, March 2, before the conference gets underway. The first one is entitled “Smile for the Camera: Training to Make the Most of Your 15 Minutes of Fame!” and the other is “Tools for Training on Creating Healthy Meals That Kids Will Eat.” These sessions will provide in-depth, hands-on and interactive instruction. You are sure to walk away with new ideas for your programs. Also, be sure to and attend the reception on Tuesday, March 5, on Capitol Hill in the stunning Cannon Caucus Room! This will be a great opportunity for Congressional staff to further network with SNA members, beyond the Hill visits. We look forward to seeing you there!

To learn more about LAC 2013 or to register, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/lac. Don’t forget, the Early Bird registration deadline is Monday, January 21!

SNA Public Policy and Legislation Committee Drafts Issue Paper

On December 13, 2012, SNA’s Committee on Public Policy and Legislation convened in National Harbor, Md., to draft the 2013 Legislative Issue Paper. This important document will drive SNA’s legislative agenda for the coming year and the 113th Congress. The Issue Paper was reviewed and approved by the Board, and is now available on the SNA website.

SNA Updates “We Can Do This: Advice and Resources for Meeting the NSLP New Meal Pattern”

In December of 2012, SNA provided updates to the toolkit of materials to aid members in meeting the new meal pattern. This toolkit contains sample menus and tools from states and local school districts. The guide, along with other resources, is available at www.schoolnutrition.org/mealpattern.

New Menus for the New Meal Pattern from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation has developed sample menus to help you plug into the new USDA meal pattern. Each grade-level specific menu builds out a month long meal plan that offers your students healthy options and helps your school meet new meal regulations. These menus incorporate the maximum grain and meat limits to help you continue to phase in those requirements in 2013 and beyond. Download the menus here (free registration is required).

USDA Releases a Memo Extending Deadlines on School Food Authority Paid Lunch Price

Due to the workload surrounding the new meal pattern implementation certification activity, USDA’s Food & Nutrition Service (FNS) has granted a two-month extension to the deadline for the FNS-828 data submissions for this year only. For SY 2012-13, the FNS-828 reports will be due by January 30, 2013. To view the USDA memo, click here.

State Policy

California Governor Brown Proposes Education Funding Re-launch with Increase of $77 Million for Child Nutrition Programs

On January 10, 2013, Gov. Jerry Brown proposed a new budget formula for K-12 education that included a $77 million increase for child nutrition programs. While the allocation of the proposed increase is unknown at this time, the proposal states that the increase is needed due to the expansion of the various school meal programs throughout the state. To view the entire budget summary for K-12 education, click here.

Vermont Governor Shumlin Proposes Free Lunch for All Low-income Students

In Governor Shulman’s State of the State Address on January 11, 2013, he proposed using state funds to cover the student fee for reduced-price lunches, so all low-income students receive free lunches. He stated that too many families are on the cusp and unable to even afford the reduced price option. Shumlin said he would be asking for approval for the funding of this proposed measure in the FY2014 budget. For more information, click here.

West Virginia Considers Bill Clarifying Beverage Sales in Schools

The West Virginia House and Senate Health Committees have proposed legislation to clarify the confusing policy of beverage sales in schools. The current policy was passed ten years ago and bans the sales of all beverages during meal service which conflicts with a federal policy that allows for sales of 100% juices and non/low fat milk. The current language would still ban the sale of carbonated beverages, including soda. It should also be noted that there is political push back on the legislation and could face a fight before both Chambers vote. For more information, click here.

Reports, Webinars, and Events

Afterschool Meals Matter Conference Call: Serve Holiday and Weekend Meals

The Afterschool Meals Matter Conference Call will be held on Wednesday, January 16, 2013, at 1:00 pm EST. With the start of the new semester, it is not too late to introduce holiday and weekend meals to your Afterschool Meal Program while the school year is still in session. Serving meals over weekends and during school holidays as a part of your Afterschool Meal Program can help ensure that the children in your community have access to the nutrition they need during these critical times when they do not have access to school meals. Additionally, serving holiday and weekend meals greatly increases the number of meals you can claim for reimbursement and help maintain the financial health of your afterschool program. Join this call to learn more about what it would mean for your afterschool program to extend its service into weekends and over school holidays and how state agencies are assisting sponsors in adding these additional meals to their programs. To register for the call, click here.

USDA Has Released the School Nutrition Dietary Assessment Study IV

USDA Food and Nutrition Service released the latest School Nutrition Dietary Assessment Study. The report provides a comparison of the nutritional quality of school meals between SY 2009-10, SY 2004-05, and SY 1998-99. As in prior studies, the nutrient content of the average meals offered and served in the nation’s schools was compared with regulatory standards in effect at the time—the School Meal Initiative (SMI) nutrition standards—as well as selected recommendations included in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Click here for the full report, as well as the report summary.

Making the Economic Case for Addressing Obesity in the United States (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Dec. 2012)

The obesity epidemic constitutes a major economic and health burden in the United States, one that is expected to grow substantially in the coming decades. Given the current environment of fiscal conservatism, it is important to know if federally funded anti-obesity initiatives can effectively reduce the epidemic's impact over the long term. Researchers examined peer-reviewed scientific literature to determine whether anti-obesity programs and methods can be economically as well as clinically successful. They also reviewed procedures used by the Congressional Budget Office to project the likely effectiveness of anti-obesity initiatives. Click here for the full report.

Childhood Obesity More Likely to Affect Children in Poorer Neighborhoods (Rice University, Nov. 2012)

Children living in poorer neighborhoods are nearly 30 percent more likely to be obese than children in more affluent residences, according to a new study from Rice University. The study reveals that living in neighborhoods with higher levels of poverty and lower levels of education is associated with increased child obesity risk, regardless of family composition or other individual factors. The research also showed that living in neighborhoods with a higher proportion of foreign-born residents is associated with reduced child obesity risk. Click here for the full report.

SNA Executive Team Events and Regional Meetings

January 13-15, 2013, Child Nutrition Industry Conference, San Antonio, TX


 
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