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May 5, 2009

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Competitive Food Standards Bill Introduced in Senate

Celebrate Child Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week!

USDA Announces Purchase of Dry Beans and Processed Apple Products

H1N1 Influenza Update

School Lunch Goes to Congress

SNA Submits Comments on SNDA-IV

Support SNA PAC!

State Legislation Update

Webinar Wednesdays: Fuel Up to Play

CDC Releases School Nutrition Standards Fact Sheets

 

SNA Legislative Action Center

Legislative Toolkit

PR Toolkit

From the Kitchen to the Congress Reauthorization Blog

State and Federal Legislation

 

Competitive Food Standards Bill Introduced in Senate

On Thursday, April 30th, Senator Tom Harkin (D- Ia.) introduced the Child Nutrition Promotion and School Lunch Protection Act. The legislation, S. 934, is a companion bill to HR 1324 in the House of Representatives and would give the Secretary of Agriculture the authority to regulate the sale of foods sold outside of the federal school nutrition programs.  The legislation is co-sponsored by Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Bob Casey (D-Penn.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.).

The current bill is very similar to bills introduced in the 109th and 110th Congresses.  The legislation would update the definition of Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value to correspond with current nutrition science.  This bill would also expand the time and place rule, allowing the Secretary of Agriculture to have authority over competitive foods (foods and beverages sold on the school campus during the school day that compete with the nutritious meals available through the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program.)  SNA has long advocated that all foods served and sold in school should be held to an appropriate and consistent nutrition standard. Failure to apply the same rules to all foods sold on campus throughout the school day erodes the efforts schools are making to ensure the nutritional quality and value of school meals offered inside the cafeteria.

Early last week, the New York Times published an editorial discussing the legislation. The editorial staff commended the bill, stating that competitive foods standards will go a long way in ensuring that students continue to receive good nutrition from school meals.

For further information, please see the link below.

SNA Applauds Competitive Foods Nutrition Standards Bill Introduced in Senate

Selling Obesity at School – New York Times Editorial

Celebrate Child Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week!

Teaching nutrition lessons, preparing healthy school meals and offering a friendly greeting are all in a day’s work for more than 250,000 child nutrition employees in the nation’s 99,000 school cafeterias and kitchens.  The non-profit School Nutrition Association celebrates this professional commitment with Child Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week, May 4 – 8, 2009. The week is an opportunity for parents, students, school staff and communities to thank those who provide healthy school meals to more than 30 million children each school day.

SNA has many great resources available to help you celebrate Child Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week. For some ideas, please visit the link below.

Child Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week

SNA Salutes Professionals Who Promote Healthy School Meals

USDA Announces Purchase of Dry Beans and Processed Apple Products

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on Monday, May 4, 2009, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's intention to purchase up to $25 million of dry beans and up to $16.3 million of processed apple products for federal nutrition assistance programs. USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) purchases a variety of high-quality food products each year to support the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, the Summer Food Service Program, the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations, the Commodity Supplemental Food Program and the Emergency Food Assistance Program. USDA also makes emergency food purchases for distribution to victims of natural disasters.Government food experts work to ensure that all purchased food is healthful and nutritious. Food items are normally required to be low in fat, sugar and sodium. The commodities must meet specified grade requirements and be USDA-certified to ensure quality. AMS purchases only products of 100 percent domestic origin.

Official USDA Release

H1N1 Influenza Update

As of this writing, there are over 400 schools closed due to probable cases of H1N1 influenza (swine flu). The U.S. Department of Education and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued guidance for reducing the spread of flu. Please visit the links below for additional information. Also, please continue to check www.schoolnutrition.org for the latest information on H1N1.

Department of Education H1N1 Influenza Information

FAQs

Transcript of April 27 ED-CDC conference call with education community

ED.gov’s emergency planning page on pandemic flu

Secretary Duncan’s April 29 statement on the H1N1 flu outbreak

CDC Flu Guidance:

CDC influenza Web site

CDC guidance re: school closings and other mitigation

Keep Up on Reauthorization 2009 – Visit SNA’s Reauthorization Blog

Looking for the latest information on Reauthorization 2009? Visit From the Kitchen to the Congress, SNA’s exclusive blog about Reauthorization 2009. Be sure to share your thoughts in the comment section at the end of each article. New posts include rising school meal prices and the competitive foods standards legislation.

From the Kitchen to the Congress

School Lunch Goes to Congress

This year Cinco de Mayo means school lunch being served to Congress. On May 5, 2009, several SNA members will be in Washington, DC, to brief USDA officials on the need for increased funding as part of Child Nutrition Reauthorization.

A school lunch designed by high school students in Chicago will be served in the Capitol Hill cafeteria and at a nearby briefing on child nutrition reauthorization, where the students will prepare the meal with personal chef to the Obama's, Sam Kass. The meal, which won first place in the Healthy Schools Campaign's Cooking up Change healthy cooking contest, will also be served to more than 40,000 students in cities across the U.S.

School Lunch Goes to Congress

SNA Submits Comments on SNDA-IV

SNA has submitted comments on the upcoming School Nutrition Dietary Assessment (SNDA) IV study. In a letter to USDA Food and Nutrition Service, SNA asks USDA to consider how it collects data for the study, as well as how the data should be collected. To view the letter, please visit the link below.

 SNA Comments on SNDA-IV 

Support SNA PAC!

Pass The Buck for PAC State Contest. There is still time to raise funds for PAC to win the state fundraising contest. In Division One (states with 1 to 500 members) Illinois is in the lead, in Division Two (states with 501 to 1,000 members) Arkansas leads the pack, while in Division 3 (states with 1,001 and more members) it is California out front. Learn more here: http://www.schoolnutrition.org/Content.aspx?id=9986 (member log in required)

State Legislation Update

On Thursday, April 30th, the South Carolina House of Representatives approved a bill that would set nutrition standards for school meals. The legislation, HB 3297, sets standards for foods sold in competition with reimbursable school meals. The legislation now moves to the state Senate for consideration. To view a copy of the legislation, please visit the State and Federal Legislation link at the end of Tuesday Morning.

Iowa also approved new state nutrition standards. The state Board of Education approved new regulations for competitive foods, including a la carte lines, vending machines, and fundraisers. The regulations set up two sets of standards – one for elementary schools and one for middle and high schools. The new rules go into affect in July 2010.

SC Lawmakers Approve Healthy School Food Bill

State board outlines school junk food ban – Des Moines Register

Webinar Wednesdays: Fuel Up to Play

Be sure to mark your calendars for this upcoming Webinar Wednesday session! On Wednesday, May 13, 2009, the School Nutrition Foundation and the National Dairy Council (NDC), for a 75-minute webinar on Fuel Up to Play. NDC and the National Football League (NFL) have joined forces to develop an in-school program - Fuel Up to Play - aimed at tackling the nation’s current child health and nutrition crisis. This research-based program encourages youth to take action for their own health and provides tools and resources to help improve their school environment. The entire school will accept the challenge to make changes that encourage students to play for 60 minutes daily and impact access to and consumption of foods most children don’t eat enough of, such as low-fat and fat-free milk and milk products, fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Participants will learn how to get involved in this program, earn CEU’s for implementation, and how to make the case for the connection between health, nutrition and student achievement in order to involve other school stakeholders.

To register for this free webinar, please visit the link below. Also, if you missed the first webinar of the USDA Food Allergies series, you can access a recording through this link.

Webinar Wednesday: Fuel Up to Play

Webinar Wednesday: Managing Food Allergies

CDC Releases School Nutrition Standards Fact Sheets

The CDC has released a series of fact sheets on nutrition standards for schools, based on the Institute of Medicine (IOM) study on competitive foods. These fact sheets are designed to be a resource for school nutrition professionals, school staff, parents, and children. They break down the findings of the IOM study and answer commonly asked questions. Please click on the link below to view the factsheets

CDC Nutrition Standards for Foods in Schools Factsheets

State and Federal Legislation

State legislation can now be accessed on the Internet through Netscan. Use Username: schoolnutrition and Password: sna

Click State Legislation Instructions for steps to access state legislation through the service. Legislatures currently in session include:  Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Federal, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin.


 
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