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November 1, 2011

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NFSMI and Team Nutrition Create Online Food Buying Guide Calculator

Upcoming SNF Webinars

HHS Assistant Secretary Announced Healthy People 2020 Health Indicators

Federal Register Notice: Applying for Free and Reduced Price and for Benefits in the Special Milk Program, and Technical Amendments

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NFSMI and Team Nutrition Create Online Food Buying Guide Calculator

National Food Service Management Institute (NFSMI) and Team Nutrition, part of the US Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Services division, have developed an online calculator to be used with the USDA Food Buying Guide (FBG). The interactive and easy to use calculator allows child nutrition professionals to create food shopping lists from the FBG and determine how much of each item to purchase to provide enough servings for the children in their program. You can find the online calculator by clicking here.

For more information about the Food Buying Guide or to download your free copy, visit the Team Nutrition Website.

Upcoming SNF Webinars

The School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) has two upcoming webinars. On November 2nd, in partnership with General Mills, SNF will host a webinar entitled “The Future of School Breakfast: Strategies for Growth and Expansion” at 2:00pm EDT. The webinar will last approximately 75 minutes and will discuss the benefits of school breakfast and strategies and solutions to meet the new proposed USDA guidelines around breakfast. The panel will identify alternative breakfast models and how they can be implemented.

To register, please visit: www.schoolnutrition.org/futurebreakfast

On November 16th, SNF will host another webinar, in partnership with USDA FNS Office of Food Safety, entitled “Addressing Food Safety in School Produce Purchasing.” In this webinar, a USDA expert will discuss procurement requirements, including the geographic preference rule. State experts will explain how to incorporate food safety, including GAPs and liability insurance, into produce purchases and share success stories. A local foodservice director will discuss her district’s food safety requirements for local farms and distributors. The webinar will begin at 2:00pm EDT.

To register, please visit: www.schoolnutrition.org/producepurchasing

HHS Assistant Secretary Announced Healthy People 2020 Health Indicators

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Assistant Secretary Dr. Howard K. Koh addressed the Nation to take action on this decade’s high-priority health issues at the official unveiling of the Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators event held via webinar on October 31, 2011 during the American Public Health Association 139th Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, DC.

Healthy People 2020 is a comprehensive list of 10-year national goals and objectives for improving the health of all Americans. It contains 42 topic areas with nearly 600 objectives, which encompass 1,200 measures. A smaller set of Healthy People 2020 objectives, called Leading Health Indicators, has been selected to communicate high-priority public health issues and the actions that can be taken to address them. The indicators will be used to assess the health of the Nation, facilitate collaboration across sectors, and motivate action at the national, State, and community levels to improve the health of the U.S. population.

The Leading Health Indicators are composed of 26 indicators organized under 12 topics. The 12 topic areas include: Access to Health Services; Clinical Preventive Services; Environmental Quality; Injury and Violence; Maternal, Infant, and Child Health; Mental Health; Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity; Oral Health; Reproductive and Sexual Health; Social Determinants; Substance Abuse; and Tobacco. Within Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity, two of the priority objectives are: children and adolescents who are considered obese and total vegetable intake for persons aged 2 years and older.

For more information on the Healthy People initiatives, visit: http://www.healthypeople.gov/

Federal Register Notice: Applying for Free and Reduced Price and for Benefits in the Special Milk Program, and Technical Amendments

This rule finalizes changes that determine eligibility for free and reduced price school meals to implement nondiscretionary provisions of the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004. This rule also finalizes changes in the interim rule published on November 13, 2007: 1. addition of a statutory definition of “local educational agency”, 2. specification that a family only has to submit one application for all children in the household as long as they attend schools in the same local educational agency, and 3. requirements to enhance descriptive materials distributed to families. This rule finalizes requirements for electronically submitted applications, such as, electronic signatures, and use and disclosure standards. This rule also finalizes year-long eligibility for free or reduced price school meals, unless the level of benefits is declined by the household. These changes are intended to provide children with increased access to school meal programs and the special milk program by simplifying the certification process, streamlining program operations, and improving program management.

To read the full notice, please visit: http://federalregister.gov/r/0584-AD54


 
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