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May 28, 2013

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Federal Policy

Congresswoman Fudge Introduces the Physical Act
American Heart Association Praises New IOM Report on Physical Education and Supports Reintroduction of Fit Kids Act in Congress
FDA Requests Nominations for Voting Members on the Food Advisory Committee
SNA President Speaks at Future of Food Forum
U.S. House of Representatives Offering a Version of the Farm Bill that Alters the Fruit and Vegetable Program
SNA and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation Creating Breakfast Materials
Action Alert for Proposed Legislation in Senate and House

State Policy

Minnesota Adds Half-Cent to State Reimbursement Rate

Reports, Webinars, and Events

Webinar on Food Allergy Becoming an ADA Disability – May 29, 2013
Webinar on Summer Food Service Program – May 30, 2013
Webinar on Community Eligibility Option – June 5, 2013
Team Nutrition Releases Updated Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program
Opportunity to Submit Nominations for Nutrients of Interest for Dietary Reference Intake Reviews

SNA Executive Team Events and Regional Meetings


Federal Policy

Congresswoman Fudge Introduces the Physical Act

Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D-OH) is pleased to announce that recently she introduced legislation to strengthen physical and health education for America’s children. The “Promoting Health as Youth Skills in Classroom and Life (PHYSICAL) Act” is cosponsored by Reps. John Lewis (D-GA) and Jared Polis (D-CO). This measure would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (No Child Left Behind) to elevate physical and health education to “core subjects” under Federal Law. The PHYSICAL Act ensures that elementary and secondary schools have the option to use Title I and Title II funds for physical and health education programs and teacher professional development. It is endorsed by more than 80 national organizations including the Ohio Public Health Association. Click here for a copy of the PHYSICAL Act.

American Heart Association Praises New IOM Report on Physical Education and Supports Reintroduction of Fit Kids Act in Congress

The American Heart Association (AHA) CEO Nancy Brown released a statement recently on the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) report, Educating the Student Body: Taking Physical Activity and Physical Education to School, and the re-introduction of the FIT Kids Act in Congress. The AHA welcomes the IOM’s reinforcement of their longstanding recommendation and efforts to work with school districts to offer quality physical education courses during which students spend a significant amount of time participating in moderate to vigorous physical activity. Click here for the full press release.

FDA Requests Nominations for Voting Members on the Food Advisory Committee

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published a notice requesting nominations for voting members on the Food Advisory Committee. Nominations received on or before July 22, 2013 will be given first consideration for membership on the Committee, and nominations received after that date will be considered to the extent nominees are still needed. The Food Advisory Committee provides advice to the FDA Commissioner, and other appropriate officials, on emerging food safety, food science, nutrition, and other food-related health issues that FDA considers of primary importance for its food and cosmetics programs. Members serve for terms of up to 4 years. Nominees should have expertise in microbiology, nutrition, food science, food technology, pediatric development, or nanotechnology in food. To read the federal register notice, click here. To read the OFW Memo, click here.

SNA President Speaks at Future of Food Forum

On May 22, 2013, SNA President Sandra Ford, SNS, joined a panel of distinguished speakers at the Washington Post Live forum, Future of Food: Building a Sustainable Food System. The event, which featured discussions with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and U.S. Representative Marcia Fudge (D-OH), explored topics ranging from food insecurity to agricultural innovations helping to make food more affordable and nutritious. To learn more, click hereor visit the Washington Post Live website to view the event agenda and video clips.

U.S. House of Representatives Offering a Version of the Farm Bill that Alters the Fruit and Vegetable Program

For at least the second time, a U.S. House of Representatives committee is offering a version of the massive farm bill that would dramatically change a snack program that is intended to develop a taste for fresh produce in children from low-income families. In the version of the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act marked up by the House Agriculture Committee, the word "fresh" is stricken from language about the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, opening the door to canned, frozen and dried fruits. For more on this, read this Education Week article.

SNA and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation Creating Breakfast Materials

Much like the Meal Pattern Guide found at www.schoolnutrition.org/mealpattern, SNA is working to create materials to support members in breakfast meal pattern changes. Working with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, SNA’s Nutrition Committee is looking to create materials with examples of breakfast menus for members to gear up for the changes this fall with school breakfast as dictated by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. These menus would be geared to meet the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) requirements for the 2013-14 school year. SNA and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation will be releasing this guide at SNA’s 2013 Annual National Conference (ANC) in Kansas City, Mo., in July.

Action Alert for Proposed Legislation in Senate and House

Please help us in providing healthy school meals each day. Contact your Senators and Member of Congress and ask them to co-sponsor S. 427/H.R. 1303. For a customizable form letter to send to your House Members and Senators, visit http://capwiz.com/asfsa/issues/alert/?alertid=62541546.


State Policy

Minnesota Adds Half-Cent to State Reimbursement Rate

Last week, the Minnesota Legislature increased state reimbursement for lunches from 12 cents to 12.5 cents. It is the first reimbursement increase in a few years and legislators indicated they would be interested in addressing additional funds in the next legislative session. Additionally, language requiring that schools provide reduced-price meals to students regardless of ability to pay was struck down.


Reports, Webinars, and Events

Webinar on Food Allergy Becoming an ADA Disability – May 29, 2013

On May 29, 2013, at 1:00 pm ET, there will be a webinar covering the changes in categorizing food allergies. As a result of a recent settlement between the federal Department of Justice and Lesley University in Massachusetts, students with serious food allergies may now qualify for accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). By applying ADA to food allergies, the Department of Justice has turned food into an access issue... access to an education in this case. This decision will likely impact both higher education as well as the primary and secondary levels. The implications of this settlement are likely to be far reaching and require significant changes for all levels of education in order to avoid charges of discrimination against students with special dietary needs. Please join Melissa Fleischer, attorney at law, as she guides you through the landmark Lesley University settlement and helps you understand its relevance to you as you consider what changes might be necessary in your dietary planning in order not to violate this new ADA accessibility requirement. To learn more about this webinar, click here.

Webinar on Summer Food Service Program – May 30, 2013

On May 30, 2013, at 2:00 pm EST, the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) and the Office of Advocacy and Outreach will host a bilingual (English/Spanish) webinar highlighting the USDA Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)  in farmworker communities. The webinar will provide information about how the SFSP works to help feed low-income children during the summer, who is eligible for the program, and how you (individuals and organizations working in farmworker communities) can get involved with summer meals this year. The webinar will also cover the many resources available to help you get started, highlight successful programs and outreach practices from around the country, and provide an opportunity to have your questions answered by FNS Program experts in English and Spanish. To learn more about the SFSP, visit www.summerfood.usda.gov. To register for the webinar, click here.

Webinar on Community Eligibility Option – June 5, 2013

On June 5, 2013, at 2:00 pm ET, the School Nutrition Foundation, in partnership with the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), will host a FREE webinar, "Making Universal Meals a Reality through the Community Eligibility Option.” Learn about the Community Eligibility Option (CEO), the newest federal option to provide all meals at no charge in high poverty schools without the need for school meals applications. CEO will be available in the 2013-14 school year in 11 states—DC, FL, GA, IL, KY, MA, MD, MI, NY, OH, WV—and will be available nationwide starting July 2014. Schools that have implemented it have found that participation increases while paperwork decreases, and that revenues often increase as well. To register for the webinar, click here.

Team Nutrition Releases Updated Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program

The Nutrition & Wellness Tips for Young Children handbook, a joint effort from USDA's Team Nutrition and the Department of Health and Human Services, helps child care providers create healthier environments for the 2 through 5 year-old children in their care. Along with the nutrition, physical activity and screen time tip sheets, the handbook's supplements cover additional important topics: choking prevention and food allergies. Supplement B, "Care for Children With Food Allergies," is even more comprehensive in this newly revised version and is a vital tool for all child care facilities. The helpful "Resources" section of the handbook has also been updated and expanded. The handbook is available for download from Team Nutrition’s Resource Library at here.

Opportunity to Submit Nominations for Nutrients of Interest for Dietary Reference Intake Reviews

The US and Canadian governments are offering the opportunity to nominate nutrients for which Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) values may need to be reviewed. These will be considered by the Federal DRI Committees of both countries as they undertake the task of prioritizing nutrients for future review. Nomination requirements will be specified on the Dietary Reference Intakes web page, available at www.health.gov/DRI. The nomination consists of a cover letter and a literature search. The DRI Committees will accept nominations for consideration through 11:59 pm EDT on July 31, 2013.


SNA Executive Team Events and Regional Meetings

May 7-9, 2013, Healthy Flavors, Healthy Kids, Culinary Institute of America, San Antonio, TX
May 17-21, 2013, National Restaurant Association Show, Chicago, IL
May 18-24, 2013, Global Child Nutrition Forum, Global Child Nutrition Foundation, Bahia, Brazil


 
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