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June 15, 2010

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School Nutrition Association Applauds House Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill

Publication of Income Eligibility Guidelines Delayed

USDA and HHS Release 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s Report

Agriculture Organizations Send Letter Calling for Action on Child Nutrition Reauthorization

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Releases Report on School Health Policies

ANC Regular Rate Deadline Extended to June 25th!

Apps for Healthy Kids Competition

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School Nutrition Association Applauds House Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill

The School Nutrition Association applauded the US House Education and Labor Committee on June 10 for introducing the Improving Nutrition for America’s Children Act of 2010, a Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill that includes critical funds to further improve healthy school meals. The new legislation provides additional funds and jumpstarts the reauthorization process.
At a press conference announcing the bill, House Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller thanked the School Nutrition Association and other advocacy groups for their work on child nutrition issues. The House bill’s introduction reignites the reauthorization process. The legislation largely mirrors the Senate’s Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 provisions, but is expected to expand the Senate bill’s additional funds for child nutrition programs.

Publication of Income Eligibility Guidelines Delayed

The Department of Health and Human Services has delayed publication of updated poverty guidelines. This delay has stalled the publication of the income eligibility guidelines for the Child Nutrition Programs. A USDA memo dated June 11, 2010, notes that the delay in publication will impact the ability of school food authorities and other organizations to make eligibility determinations after June 30, 2010, the expiration date of the current eligibility guidelines. Until further notice, school food authorities should use the current 2009-10 eligibility guidelines to make eligibility determinations.

For additional information, please see the complete memo through this link.

USDA Memo on Income Eligibility Guidelines (pdf)

USDA and HHS Release 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s Report

On Tuesday, June 15, 2010 the Department of Agriculture’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), released the Report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010. The Advisory Report of the Dietary Guidelines will be published for a 30-day period for public comment.

The Advisory Report of the Dietary Guidelines is part of a multi-year process, with the final 2010 guidelines to be released at the end of the year. Congress mandates that the Dietary Guidelines be reviewed and updated every five years. The Dietary Guidelines contain the latest, science-based nutrition and dietary guidance for the general public. They also serve as the foundation for the federal nutrition education and promotion programs, as well as the basis for the federal nutrition assistance programs.

Agriculture Organizations Send Letter Calling for Action on Child Nutrition Reauthorization

Several major agriculture organizations and associations have sent a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), asking for swift action on Child Nutrition Reauthorization. In the letter, the groups ask that child nutrition reauthorization remain a high priority during the remainder of this Congress. The letter also expressed support for updating the nutrition standards for school meals and expanding program access. To view a full copy, including the list of signees, please visit the link below.

 Agriculture Organizations Support Child Nutrition Reauthorization  (pdf)

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Releases Report on School Health Policies

A new publication released today by Bridging the Gap, a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), examines school policies to prevent childhood obesity. School Policies and Practices to Improve Health and Prevent Obesity: National Elementary School Survey Results focuses on school meals, competitive foods, physical activity and local school wellness policy implementation in elementary schools.

The data looked at specific items sold in the school nutrition programs, as well as implementation of certain trends and policies, but failed to provide a complete picture of the healthy meals served through the National School Lunch Program.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Releases Report on School Health Policies

ANC Regular Rate Deadline Extended to June 25th!

If you haven’t yet registered for ANC 2010, this is your opportunity to take advantage of the extended Regular Rate registration deadline. SNA will now accept Regular Rate registrations until June 25, 2010. But hurry—after June 25th, all registrations received will be charged at the Onsite Rate!

ANC once again promises to be an exciting time of learning and growth. In addition to offering quality education sessions led by an outstanding line-up of school nutrition leaders, this year’s conference will feature a powerful mix of inspirational keynote speakers. SNA’s Cathy Schuchart Staff Vice President, Child Nutrition and Policy and SNA Legislative Counsel Marshall Matz will speak on Monday, July 12th and Tuesday, July 13th during the education sessions. Dr. Janey Thornton, Deputy Undersecretary USDA will speak at the 2nd General Session.

Apps for Healthy Kids Competition

There are just 3 weeks left to submit an application for the Apps for Healthy Kids competition! Encourage your students to submit web games and apps for the $20,000 GE Healthmagination award. The Apps for Healthy Kids competition encourages students to create games and apps that encourage children and their parents to lead healthier and more active lifestyles. The public can vote for the winners by visiting appsforhealthykids.com.

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