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January 13, 2008


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Harkin Calls for Greater Child Nutrition Funding in FY2010 Budget

Dr. Brian Wansink to Speak at LAC, Issue Paper to be Released in Late January

Vilsack Confirmation Hearing this Week

House Education and Labor Committee Announces Republican Members

The Value of School Lunch

Final Quarter of 2008 Yields Record Media Coverage

Matz to Receive Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award

FRAC to Release School Breakfast Report

Study Finds Eating Alone or on the Run Results in Less Healthy Choices

British Children Bend Rules to Avoid Healthy Food at School

 

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Harkin Calls for Greater Child Nutrition Funding in FY2010 Budget

Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Chairman Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) is calling on President-elect Barack Obama to include greater funding for child nutrition reauthorization in the FY2010 budget.  In a letter to the President-elect, Senator Harkin states that additional funding is needed to increase program access and participation, improve nutrition, and modernize the programs.  To view a copy of the letter, please visit the link below. 

SNA sent an action alert on Monday, asking members to call on their Senators to sign onto the letter. To send an action alert to your senator, please visit the Legislative Action Center.

Dr. Brian Wansink to Speak at LAC, Issue Paper to be Released in Late January

Dr. Brian Wansink, Executive Director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Center for Nutrition, Policy and Promotion, will speak at the 2009 Legislative Action Conference.  He will present during the 3rd General Session on Monday, March 2, 2009. 

Dr. Wansink joins several other noted speakers at LAC 2009, including Dr. Virginia Stallings, chair of the Institute of Medicine Committee to Review the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program Meal Patterns and Standards.  Dr. Stallings will discuss the progress of the IOM committee during the closing General Session on Wednesday morning, March 4, 2009.

The 2009 Legislative Issue Paper will be released in late January.  The Legislative Issue Paper sets the issue areas SNA will advocate on for the next year.  Keep reading Tuesday Morning for additional information.

Be sure to register today for LAC 2009!  This year’s conference promises to be very exciting.  With the 2009 Child Nutrition Reauthorization on the horizon, be sure to be in Washington, DC, March 1-4, 2009 to help make your mark on this important legislation.  For the most up-to-date information on the 2009 Legislative Action Conference, please visit the LAC 2009 page.

Vilsack Confirmation Hearing this Week

The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry will hold a confirmation hearing this Wednesday, January 14, 2009 to consider former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack (D) for Secretary of Agriculture.  During the hearing, Vilsack will take questions from members of the committee concerning his views on a variety of topics related to agriculture and nutrition, including the school nutrition programs.  SNA has submitted questions for members of the committee to ask regarding school nutrition standards and reimbursement rates.

House Education and Labor Committee Announces Republican Members

Representative Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-Calif.), ranking member of the House Education and Labor Committee announced the Republican members of the committee on Friday, January 9, 2009. The Republican members of the committee for the 111th Congress are:

  • Representative McKeon
  • Representative Judy Biggert (R-Ill.)
  • Representative Rob Bishop (R-Utah)
  • Representative Michael Castle (R-Dela.)
  • Representative Bill Cassidy (R-La.)
  • Representative Vernon Ehlers (R-Mich.)
  • Representative Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.)
  • Representative Brett Guthrie (R-Ky)
  • Representative Peter Hoekstra (R-Mich.)
  • Representative Duncan D. Hunter (R-Calif.)
  • Representative John Kline (R-Minn.)
  • Representative Tom McClintock (R-Calif.)
  • Representative Thomas Petri (R-Wis.)
  • Representative Todd Russell Platts (R-Penn.)
  • Representative Tom Price (R-Ga.)
  • Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.)
  • Representative Phil Roe (R-Tenn.)
  • Representative Mark Souder (R-Ind.)
  • Representative Joe Wilson (R-S.C.)

The Value of School Lunch

From “Dollar Days” at the local supermarket to special cash back rebates on new cars, everywhere you turn you’ll find another hot “value.” But there truly is one value out there available in every community – today’s school lunch. From a nutritional punch balanced with fruits, vegetables, grains and lowfat dairy to the unbelievably low price tag – it is impossible to beat the value of a school lunch.

To help parents and children with their New Year’s Resolutions to save money, SNA has prepared several tools that emphasize the nutritional and economic value of school lunch. School nutrition professionals are encouraged to use the new “letter to the editor” to spread the word in their own communities about what a great deal can be had in today’s school meal. A second resource available for use by school nutrition professionals is a customizable fact sheet for parents. The fact sheet promotes the economic and nutritional value of purchasing a school lunch and emphasizes how much money a family can save by buying a lunch at school versus packing a lunch.

See the following links for additional information.

The Value of School Lunch

Letter to editor

Customizable Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet in Adobe PDF

Final Quarter of 2008 Yields Record Media Coverage

SNA messaging on the importance of healthy school meals generated over 136 million media impressions in 2008, a record amount of media coverage. The fourth quarter of the year, running from October 1st to the end of the year, included coverage of National School Lunch Week and high profile segments by CNN, Associated Press, CBS News, and hundreds of individual newspapers, websites, radio stations and local television news programs. In all, an audience of over 70 million was reached by SNA during this last quarter of the year.

For more information, please visit the link below.

Final Quarter of 2008 Yields Record Media Coverage

Matz to Receive Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award

The 2009 Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award for Child Nutrition will be awarded to Mr. Marshall Matz, a leader, advocate and attorney who has spent the last 38 years pursuing a wide range of solutions to childhood hunger in the U.S. and internationally. Mr. Matz , Founding Chairman of the Friends of the World Food Programme and Partner at Olsson, Frank, Weeda, Terman, Bode, Matz, PC, Attorneys at Law in Washington, D.C., will be honored as a champion of child nutrition at the 6th annual A Possible Dream Gala on March 3, 2009, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC.  Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of the World Food Programme, and Ed Cooney, Executive Director of the Congressional Hunger Center, will be Honorary Chairs for the event.

For more on the award and gala, please visit the link below.

Marshall Matz to Receive 2009 Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award for Child Nutrition

FRAC to Release School Breakfast Report

The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) is releasing a report on school breakfast programs and student participation on Wednesday, January 14, 2009.  This annual scorecard looks at school breakfast program availability in each state.

Study Finds Eating Alone or on the Run Results in Less Healthy Choices

A study published in the January 2009 issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that time constraints on young adults causes them to make poor eating decisions.  Researchers found that 35 percent of males and 42 percent of females reported lacking sufficient time to eat.  They noted that young adults (individuals ages 18 to 25) who lack time to eat are more likely to make poor choices regarding the food they consume.  Young adults that eat on the run are more likely to consume fast food, soft drinks, and other less healthy choices.  Young adults that engage in “social eating” or eating with friends and family tend to have healthier habits.

Young adults need to make more time for healthy meals

British Children Bend Rules to Avoid Healthy Food at School

Students at schools throughout the United Kingdom are ignoring healthy eating initiatives to binge on unhealthy food.  Researchers from the City University London found that many students will skip lunch in order to eat at fast food restaurants after school.  They also found that students will find other ways of bringing unhealthy food into the schools.

The British government approved stringent regulations for school meals in 2006.  British schools are not able to sell food items such as French fries and sugary drinks.  They must also limit sodium in foods and can only serve fried items twice a week.

Research finds children are bending rules to avoid healthy food at school

 

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

ClickState Legislation Instructions for steps to access state legislation through the service. Legislatures currently in session include:  Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Federal, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Wisconsin


 
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