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September 2, 2008

Table of Contents

Reauthorization Listening Sessions Continue
USDA Memo on Whole Grains Promotion
School Nutrition in the News
SNA Makes an Appearance on the Today Show
Article Dismantles Cancer Project Processed Meat Advertisement
SNA PAC Update
ANC Call for Proposals
Eat Smart, Get Moving!
USDA Releases Report on Diet Quality of School Lunch Participants
Farm Bill Side by Side Comparison Released
Educate Your Community Website Up and Running
Study Finds Soft Drink Availability Has Little Effect on Consumption

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Reauthorization Listening Sessions Continue

Mark your calendars! USDA will hold its final two listening sessions for Reauthorization 2009 next week. SNA members are strongly encouraged to attend the sessions scheduled for September 10th in Chicago, or September 11th in Denver. Illinois SNA past-President Paula DeLucca will speak at the Chicago session, while Colorado SNA past-President Susan Rondinelli will present at the Denver session.

If you are unable to make the listening sessions, you can still make your voice heard. Submit your written comments to USDA prior to October 15, 2008. Also, please be sure to send a copy of your remarks to SNA atservicecenter@schoolnutrition.org.

For additional information, please visit USDA Reauthorization Listening Sessions.

USDA Memo on Whole Grains Promotion

Last week the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) issued a memo to state distributing agencies on the new Whole Grain Promotion project that was included in the 2008 Farm Bill. The legislation authorized the purchase of whole grain USDA commodities in addition to the commodities currently provided to the NSLP for the 2009 school year. State agencies wishing to participate in this pilot-style project are to reply to USDA by September 15, 2008. The states that are accepted into the program will receive additional whole grain products, most likely whole grain frozen pancake and whole grain tortillas, to be made available to select schools beginning in late January 2009 and not counting against the state's commodity entitlement. To read the full USDA memo see below.

USDA Memo on Whole Grains Promotion

School Nutrition in the News

The school nutrition programs in Mesa, Ariz., St. Paul, Minn., and Las Vegas, Nev. continued to make headlines this week as SNA’s Back to School Media Tour continued. SNA spokespeople Craig Weidel in Arizona, Jean Ronnei in Minnesota, and Sue Hoggan in Nevada appeared on local television stations touting the benefits of school meals. Newspaper and radio interviews also showcased the school nutrition programs and encouraged families to participate in the upcoming year.

On Thursday, August 28th, the Wall Street Journal ran an article featuring farm to school programs in school districts nationwide. SNA members Mary Ann Lopez and Margaret Lamb were featured prominently in the piece, discussing their efforts.

The rising cost of school meals remains a major focus of many newspapers and programs. The National Public Radio program Marketplace was planning to feature an interview with several SNA spokespeople and SNA Executive Director Barbara Belmont discussing the food prices and school nutrition programs this week. On Monday, September 1, 2008, the New York Times ran a front page story on the slow economy’s impact on schools featuring SNA spokesperson Mary Owens in Louisville, Kentucky.

This month, Food Service Director magazine includes several feature articles with ideas for school nutrition programs. One article offers suggestions for fall time promotions, while another story looks at commercial chefs working in school nutrition programs.

Healthy School Lunches, Arizona Family - KTVK

Back to School – KLAS, Las Vegas

Healthy School Lunch Trends – KMSP, Minneapolis/St. Paul

Eat Up, Kids, This Spuds For You – Wall Street Journal

Hard Times Hitting Students and Schools

Food Service Director

SNA Makes an Appearance on the Today Show

The NBC Today Show kicked off their week of back to school coverage on Tuesday, September 2nd with a segment on school lunches taped at SNA’s Annual National Conference in Philadelphia in July 2008. The piece highlighted the healthy and appealing choices school nutrition programs are making available to students this school year. SNA President Dr. Katie Wilson, SNS emphasized the nutritional options schools are offering while SNA spokesperson Sharlene Wong, SNS from Connecticut highlighted the effort to make meals attractive to kids.

Today Show and School Lunch

AP Article Dismantles Cancer Project Processed Meat Advertisement

A syndicated article dismantled an advertisement linking processed meat with colon cancer, this week. The Associated Press article reviewed an ad run by the Cancer Project, an off-shoot of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. In the ad, several children speak as adults, stating that they have late stage colon cancer caused by consuming processed meats, such as hot dogs. The ad then calls for a ban on processed meats in schools.

The article includes comments from a nutritionist with the American Cancer Society, stating that the link between processed meats and cancer is based on shaky research using adults. Experts state that an occasional hot dog probably won’t cause cancer.

SNA has prepared talking points and a statement to help members answer questions about processed meats in the school nutrition programs. CNN is expected to cover this story again this month.

New attack ad on TV, but this one targets hot dogs

PCRM – Processed Meats and Cancer Talking Points

SNA PAC Update

Congratulations to the following states who were the big winners in the SNA PAC Pass the Buck State Contest for this past school year!

The state associations that raised the most funds were:

  • Division 1 (1 to 500 members) Texas
  • Division 2 (501 to 1,000 members) Illinois
  • Division 3 (1000 plus members) Alabama

There were three additional state winners that raised the most funds for PAC through the membership application renewal form:

  • Division 1 (1 to 500 members) Nevada
  • Division 2 (501 to 1,000 members) Iowa
  • Division 3 (1000 plus members) Georgia

Thank you to all of the state association leaders who participated in the contest - you made this the most successful PAC fundraising contest we have ever held!

The Pass the Buck for PAC contest for 2008-2009 is kicking off this month! To learn more see: http://www.schoolnutrition.org/Content.aspx?id=9986 (member log in is required)

ANC Call for Proposals

The Call for Proposals for SNA's Annual National Conference 2009 is now open! Submit your proposal for a 1-hour concurrent breakout session by September 30, 2008 at http://docs.schoolnutrition.org/meetingsandevents/anc2009/cfpform.asp

Eat Smart, Get Moving!

Register your school team for the 2008-2009 Eat Smart, Get Moving! personal wellness contest before September 16! The contest runs until April 13, 2009. Registration is free and easy at www.eatsmart-getmoving.org. This 30-week, interactive wellness program helps you work towards the Dietary Guidelines recommendations for daily servings of key food groups and 60 minutes of physical activity. Final prizes are available to 6 winning school teams and one overall winning school district.

USDA Releases Report on Diet Quality of School Lunch Participants

The USDA recently released a report reviewing the diet quality of participants in the National School Lunch Program. The report found that lunches consumed by participating students were more nutrient dense than lunches brought from home. School lunch participants tended to consume higher amounts of milk, meat, and beans. Lower income students had a greater consumption rate of fruits. Participating students were also less likely to consume salty snacks and beverages other than juice or milk.

Dietary Quality of Children by School Lunch Participation Status

Farm Bill Side by Side Comparison Released

The USDA Economic Research Service released a chart comparing different initiatives outline in the 2008 Farm Bill with previous legislation. The chart provides a summary of new provisions included in the new bill. To view the school nutrition related sections, please visit this link: 2008 Farm Bill Side-by-Side Chart.

Educate Your Community Website Up and Running

This November, SNA will be hosting the first annual Educate Your Community Week. From November 17-21, 2008, SNA members are encouraged to invite parents, teachers, school administrators, and community leaders into their cafeterias to educate them about the benefits of school meals. The Educate Your Community website is up and running with various resources and tools you can use to plan a great week. Please visit the Educate Your Community link for more information.

  Educate Your Community 

Study Finds Soft Drink Availability Has Little Effect on Consumption

A study published in the September 2008 Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that soft drink availability has little effect on elementary student consumption. The study looked at purchases and consumption among fifth grade students. The study found that soft drink availability may have a limited impact on student behavior.

The Effect of Soft Drink Availability in Elementary Schools on Consumption

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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: California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and District of Columbia


 
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