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February 16, 2010

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School Nutrition Professionals Commit to New Nutrition Programs and Goals

LAC 2010 is Only 2 Weeks Away!

Secretary of Agriculture Holds Conference Call on Child Nutrition Reauthorization

Global Child Nutrition Foundation to Honor Former USDA Secretary of Agriculture

Herseth Sandlin’s/Emerson’s Healthy Start Act Strengthens School Breakfast Program

A Federal Effort to Push Junk Food Out of Schools

SNA Legislative Action Center

Legislative Toolkit

School Nutrition Professionals Commit to New Nutrition Programs and Goals

The School Nutrition Association (SNA), representing 55,000 school nutrition professionals, is proud to support First Lady Michelle Obama’s childhood obesity initiative. SNA and its members have agreed to a number of key steps to further improve the nutritional quality of school meals and advance nutrition education for America’s students. These initiatives include challenging school nutrition programs to achieve the USDA HealthierUS School Challenge certification, encouraging school districts to partner with the CDC’s Coordinated School Health Programs, challenging school nutrition programs to accelerate the timeframe for meeting the Institute of Medicine’s National Nutrition Standards for School Meals, and advancing nutrition education opportunities for all students.

The First Lady’s initiative was launched just as Congress prepares to reauthorize the Child Nutrition Act, a critical opportunity for legislators to enhance the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs for 31 million American children who benefit from school meals each day. SNA Executive Director, Barbara Belmont attended the press conference held on February 9, 2010.

To read SNA’s full press release: http://www.schoolnutrition.org/Blog.aspx?id=13585&blogid=564

Michelle Obama Aims to End Child Obesity in a Generation
http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/weightloss/2010-02-09-1Afirstlady09_CV_N.htm

First lady Michelle Obama gets active in the fight against childhood obesity
http://www.semissourian.com/story/1609340.html

LAC 2010 is Only 2 Weeks Away!

SNA’s annual Legislative Action Conference (LAC) is only two weeks away! Dynamic new speakers are added to the conference agenda everyday. Here are some highlights:

  • Just announced! Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) will address conference attendees during the closing general session on Wednesday, March 3rd. Also speaking during the closing general session are Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Senator Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) and Representative Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.)
  • Other key Congressional and USDA officials will speak throughout the conference. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) will speak during the 2nd general session on Monday, March 1st. Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon, and Deputy Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services Janey Thornton will both address attendees during the afternoon general sessions on March 1st.
  • Speaking at this year’s annual banquet is Peter Beinart, Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation and Assistant Professor of Journalism and Political Science at the City University of New York.
  • The House Education and Labor Committee will hold a hearing on the school nutrition programs on Tuesday, March 2nd at 2:30 PM in the Rayburn House Office Building. This hearing will serve as the Committee’s official “kickoff” for Child Nutrition Reauthorization. Be sure to attend this very important hearing!
  • Space is limited! Register for one of two dynamic preconference sessions! The first session on Saturday, February 27th, Special Meals for Special Kids: Providing Meals to Students with Special Diets, looks at providing meals to children with special dietary needs. In the second session, Fiscal Challenges, Budgeting Solutions and Grant Writing Techniques, participants will learn how to confront the financial challenges facing school nutrition programs and identify unique tactics for controlling costs and maximizing resources.

For additional information about LAC 2010, including registration, please visit the link below.
LAC 2010

Secretary of Agriculture Holds Conference Call on Child Nutrition Reauthorization

Last Wednesday, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon held a conference call discussing the administration’s priorities for Child Nutrition Reauthorization. The administration’s priorities include:

  • Increase access to the federal child nutrition programs through simplifying the application process and increasing participation in direct certification;
  • Encourage more schools and students to participate in the School Breakfast Program;
  • Improve the nutritional quality of foods served in schools, including serving more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains;
  • Provide additional training for school nutrition professionals;
  • Expand participation in programs such as summer feeding by engaging communities.

This was the first of many speeches and discussions Secretary Vilsack will be holding on the administration’s Reauthorization priorities. On Tuesday, February 23rd, Secretary Vilsack will give a speech to a lunch time crowd at the National Press Club.

You can listen to the conference call here.

Herseth Sandlin’s/Emerson’s Healthy Start Act Strengthens School Breakfast Program

Rep. Herseth Sandlin and Rep. JoAnn Emerson, will soon introduce the Healthy Start Act. The bipartisan legislation would authorize the purchase of USDA commodities for the National School Breakfast Program (NSBP). Currently, no commodity assistance is available for NSBP. The proposed legislation supports producers and improves child nutrition and school performance. A “Dear Colleague” letter was recently sent to members of the House of Representatives, encouraging them to cosponsor this bill. SNA, along with several other organizations, supports this legislation.

The Press Release can be found here:
http://hersethsandlin.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=803&Itemid=117

 You can view the Dear Colleague letter through this link (pdf) 

Global Child Nutrition Foundation to Honor Former USDA Secretary of Agriculture

Dan Glickman will be presented with the Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award for Child Nutrition on March 2, at the Global Child Nutrition Foundation's (GCNF) A Possible Dream Gala. Just recently, it was announced that Glickman will become the President of Refugees International, which is a leading organization devoted to refugee crises globally. Glickman has devoted much of his career to fighting hunger and working to help underserved people globally and domestically, especially through his appointment as Secretary of Agriculture during the Clinton Administration.

The Global Child Nutrition Foundation looks forward to presenting the 2010 Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award for Child Nutrition to Dan Glickman on March 2. Seats for the Gala are being filled quickly, so please make your reservation soon! GCNF looks forward to celebrating the champions and is taking reservations.

For any questions or concerns please contact Nicole Bernard, Operations Coordinator, at (800) 877-8822 or nbernard@schoolnutrition.org. For more information, please see: http://gcnf.org/

New York Times Reports on Federal Effort to Push Junk Food Out of Schools

The New York Times recently reported on federal efforts to prohibit the sale of less nutritious foods in schools. The Obama administration will soon introduce legislation to ban candy and sugary beverages in schools. Although many minimally nutritious snack foods have been banned from school breakfast and lunch programs, students have access to these foods through vending machines.

The legislation, aimed at reducing the number of children who become overweight during their school years, would require all school offerings to adhere to stricter nutritional guidelines. Proponents claim the legislation would help transform the eating habits of the nation’s school children, but some critics say the move will further strain budgets.

The Administration has also proposed an additional $1billion in spending for school lunch and breakfast programs.

For the full article, as it appeared in the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/08/health/nutrition/08junk.html?pagewanted=1

 

State and Federal Legislation (login required)
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: California, District of Columbia, Federal, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Wisconsin


 
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