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August 27, 2013

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Federal Policy

Dig In! Standards-Based Nutrition Education from the Ground Up Available from USDA
Apply for the HealthierUS School Challenge Today
The School Nutrition Foundation in partnership with the National Dairy Council is proud to present: “Building Partnerships between Schools and Chef”
Kiwi Magazine Features SNA’s Full-Page Ad Promoting Healthy School Meals
SNA and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation Release Breakfast Materials Still Available
2015 Dietary Guidelines Process is in Full Swing
Competitive Foods Update: Interim Final Rule Published, SNA Task Force Reconvenes

State Policy

California Schools Participating in Increasing Breakfast Competition
Kansas Farmers Work with Schools to Increase Produce Consumption
Montana One of Six States to Meet USDA Meal Pattern

Reports, Webinars, and Events

SNA Releases Back to School Trends Report
Download Healthy Schools Campaign’s Newest Report on School Nutrition
Webinar: How Faith and Community Leaders Can Help Families Live Healthier and More Active Lives
Ready for Recess: Changing Policy and Practice to Support Students' Physical Activity

Upcoming Meetings and Events

Federal Policy

Dig In! Standards-Based Nutrition Education from the Ground Up Available from USDA

Share these resources with educators in your district. Garden based lessons that engage 5th and 6th graders in growing, harvesting, tasting, and learning about fruits and vegetables are available in print from USDA’s Team Nutrition. See more here: http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/Resources/dig_in.html

Elementary schools participating in the Federal Child Nutrition programs may request the curriculum at: http://tn.ntis.gov/ . There is a limit of 1 curriculum per order; requests for more than 1 copy (e.g., for multiple classrooms implementing the curriculum at the same time) should be sent to teamnutrition@fns.usda.gov

Apply for the HealthierUS School Challenge Today

Highlight the efforts your staff and school community are making to ensure that students will be eating nutritious meals and engaging in nutrition education, physical education, and physical activity this school year. Download the HealthierUS School Challenge Criteria Application at teamnutrition.usda.gov/HealthierUS/application.html. If you have any questions, you can always contact your State Child Nutrition Agency for more information.

The School Nutrition Foundation in partnership with the National Dairy Council is proud to present: “Building Partnerships between Schools and Chef”

Listen and learn from three districts to hear about collaborative chef partnerships are enhancing their child nutrition programs. By the end of the presentation, you will have a better perception of how to:

  • get started and finding the right chef
  • setting realistic goals for working with a chef
  • learning how to build lasting partnerships that result in creating a positive environment for change

These stories highlight the modifications that have resulted in increased participation, staff acceptance and engagement, as well as district wide change in education efforts and the perception of school nutrition. To learn more about how to view the presentation visit the Beyond Breakfast blog!

Kiwi Magazine Features SNA’s Full-Page Ad Promoting Healthy School Meals

School Nutrition Association continues to educate parents about healthy school meals. As part of SNA’s Back-to-School outreach campaign, SNA created this full-page ad which appears in Kiwi magazine’s Back-to-School issue, on newsstands now. Kiwi is a family magazine sold at Whole Foods, Barnes & Noble and other retailers. Digital subscriptions are available online at http://www.kiwimagonline.com/2013/08/augustseptember/.

The ad features photos from school cafeterias in Jefferson County Public Schools, KY, Provo City School District, UT and Saint Paul Public Schools, MN. Healthy, delicious foods like these can be found in any school district, so SNA encourages members to download the ad to share with parents in your school district!

SNA and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation Release Breakfast Materials

In collaboration with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, SNA’s Nutrition Committee created materials with examples of breakfast menus that meet the new meal pattern standards for school breakfast. SNA and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation released this guide at ANC Kansas City. Find this resource in the highlights section of www.schoolnutrition.org.

2015 Dietary Guidelines Process is in Full Swing

The Departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture have announced the establishment of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC). This process happens every 5 years. The DGAC is expected to convene five public meetings; the first meeting was held on June 13 - 14, 2013. The Committee’s recommendations and rationale will be presented in a report to both the Secretaries of Health and Human Services and Agriculture, and will serve as a basis for the eighth edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. This serves as a policy document for which all dietary guidance for Americans is based upon.

SNA will be drafting comments to be included in the record and monitoring the process closely. You are encouraged to submit comments, as well. To view archived webinars from public meetings, submit comments, and see the full calendar of events, click here.

Competitive Foods Update: Interim Final Rule Published

FNS/USDA has published an interim final rule for Competitive Foods entitled, National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program: Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in School. SNA is in the process of reviewing and analyzing the rule, as well as determining next steps in response to the rule. This interim final rule amends the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program regulations to establish nutrition standards for all foods sold in schools. There is a 120-day comment period for the interim final rule and written comments on the rule are accepted at regulations.gov until October 28, 2013. SNA will reconvene the Competitive Task Force in order to develop an official association position.

See www.schoolnutrition.org/competitivefoods for the Interim Final Rule, SNA’s Press Release, and a list of a number of news articles on the topic quoting SNA President Sandra Ford.
Click here for an OFW Memo on the Interim Final Rule.
Click here for a side by side comparison of SNA’s recommendations in our comments and the Interim Final Rule.

State Policy

California Schools Participating in Increasing Breakfast Competition

High Schools across California are participating in a challenge to increase breakfast consumption. This is the sixth year the California Milk Processor Board has held the “Got Milk? Breakfast Challenge” with 21 California school districts participating in the challenge, up from 14 last year. The winning school will receive a $3,000 grant.

Kansas Farmers Work with Schools To Increase Produce Consumption

Across Kansas, farmers are working with schools to get kids to plant, harvest, and consume their veggies. Farms and Schools have realized that when students plant and harvest new vegetables, they are more likely to try and like them. However, despite the push, many farms cannot produce enough volume the schools require – so instead, they are reaching kids via school gardens.

Montana One of Six States to Meet USDA Meal Pattern

Montana recently announced it is one of six states to achieve total or near-total compliance with new federal school lunch health requirements. All but two of the 257 school food authorities in the state were certified during the 2012-13 school year.

Reports, Webinars, and Events

SNA Releases Back to School Trends Report

The latest SNA Back to School Trends Report was released today, and as an additional member benefit, the report is now free to download. (Member login required.) The report includes valuable information on participation, costs, new meal pattern implementation, breakfast expansion and food and beverage trends. As part of SNA’s back to school media outreach campaign, a USA Today article published today features Trends Report data demonstrating how schools are helping more students start their day with a healthy breakfast through alternative delivery methods.
Learn more here.

Download Healthy Schools Campaign’s Newest Report on School Nutrition

Over the past year, HSC has been working with the Chicago Public Schools to develop a comprehensive plan to achieve excellence in their school meal program. This plan centers around 10 interconnected pathways that are critical to success of every school food program. The resulting report, Chicago Public Schools’ Pathways to Excellence in School Nutrition, is a valuable resource for any school food advocate. Learn more and download the report here.

Webinar: How Faith and Community Leaders Can Help Families Live Healthier and More Active Lives

Let's Move Faith & Communities is teaming up with the National Institutes of Health's We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children's Activity & Nutrition)® program! As a result of this collaboration, faith and community leaders can join online trainings and learn how to use We Can! materials and resources to help families help children maintain a healthy weight.

These webinars are part of a series of online training opportunities equipping health leaders to run We Can! in their communities. We Can! is a science-based national education program that offers tools and resources for parents, caregivers and communities helping families improve food choices, increase physical activity and reduce screen time. We Can! provides completion certificates (upon request) for individuals who attend a training.

The next webinar, “Energize Our Families Parent Program”, will be held on Wednesday, August 28, 1-3pm EDT.

If you wish to participate in this webinar, register here: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/259185751

Ready for Recess: Changing Policy and Practice to Support Students' Physical Activity

Sponsored Active Living Research, Public Health Institute, and Ready for Recess
Tuesday, September 10th, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. (EDT) - in person or via webinar
1724 Massachusetts Avenue, NW


To register for webcast

Upcoming Meetings and Events

September 26-28, Arizona State Conference, Renaissance Glendale Hotel, Glendale, AZ


 
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