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November 9, 2010

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Child Nutrition Reauthorization: Next Steps

Child Health and Wellness Forum Held at SNA Headquarters

Former School Nutrition Directors Prevail in Election Bids

FAME Award Winners Announced

Apply for the HealthierUS School Challenge!

USDA Releases Report on State Progress on Direct Certification

Institute of Medicine Releases Recommended Guidelines for Child and Adult Care Feeding Program

Report Looks At Local School Wellness Policies Three Years Later

SNA Legislative Action Center

Legislative Toolkit

Child Nutrition Reauthorization: Next Steps

Help pass Child Nutrition Reauthorization now! SNA is now entering Stage II of our outreach efforts telling the House of Representatives to pass S. 3307, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act before Congress adjourns. With the House of Representatives returning to Washington for a lame duck session starting next week, now is the time to send a letter to your member of the House of Representatives, telling them to get CNR finished! Over the next week, SNA wants every member to send a letter to their Member of Congress. Below is sample language you can use to draft a short letter on your school nutrition program’s letter head and fax or email to your Member of Congress. To find your elected official’s contact information, please click on this link: http://asfsa.capwiz.com/asfsa/dbq/officials/

Re: Pass Child Nutrition, S. 3307

Dear

You may have already received a letter from our state School Nutrition Association urging the passage of the child nutrition bill, S. 3307, during the lame duck session. Please know that this letter speaks for me and that I support immediate passage of this critical legislation. Local school nutrition programs need this legislation to operate effectively and serve children.

Thank you,

Name
Title
School District or Organization
Address

If your state affiliate has not sent letters to your state’s Members of Congress, it not too late to do so. So far, 36 state affiliates have sent letters to their Members of Congress:

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland 
  •  Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota 
  • Missouri 
  • Nebraska 
  • Nevada 
  • New Hampshire 
  • New Jersey 
  • New Mexico 
  • New York 
  • North Dakota 
  • Ohio 
  • Oklahoma 
  • Oregon 
  • Pennsylvania 
  • South Dakota 
  • Texas 
  • Utah 
  • Virginia 
  • Wisconsin

Child Health and Wellness Forum Held at SNA Headquarters

The School Nutrition Association (SNA) hosted and participated in the second Child Health & Wellness Forum sponsored by the National Dairy Council (NDC) and Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP60) at SNA’s headquarters on November 2, 2010. In collaboration with NDC and FUTP60, along with other leading health, school, government and non-government organizations, SNA is strengthening its collective efforts to improve nutrition and physical activity in schools. Robin Schepper, executive director of Let’s Move!, First Lady Michelle Obama’s campaign to address childhood obesity, spoke to the group, sharing the vision for Let's Move! and stressing the importance of collaboration and partnership to end childhood obesity in a generation.

Please visit the link below for additional information the Child Health and Wellness Forum.

Child Health and Wellness Forum Held at SNA Headquarters

Former School Nutrition Directors Prevail in Election Bids

SNA congratulates two retired national Association members for winning their respective elections in the state legislatures of New Hampshire and Maine.

Nancy Stiles (R) beat the incumbent in a race for the District #24 seat to the New Hampshire Senate. Stiles had served in the state’s House of Representatives since 2004, after retiring from the Hampton School District after 30 years as school nutrition director.

In Maine, Helen Rankin (D) won reelection to her District #97 seat in the state’s House of Representatives.

Both Stiles and Rankin were active and passionate members of SNA’s Public Policy and Legislation (PPL) Committee, serving at the national and state-affiliate levels for many years. “My experience with PPL in New Hampshire helped me make up my mind that if I wanted to see change here in my state, I needed to be on the inside,” said Stiles in a March 2009 School Nutrition magazine article. “My national experience told me that we need to have one former school foodservice director in every state [legislature].”

In the same article, Rankin credited Stiles’ success and encouragement with her own successful bid for office in 2008. Before her role in state government, Rankin was the long-time school nutrition director in Hiram, Maine.

FAME Award Winners Announced

Lora Gilbert, MS, RD, FADA, SNS, senior director of food & nutrition services, Orange County Public Schools, Orlando, Fla., has been named the 2011 Golden School Foodservice Director of the Year in the annual FAME (Foodservice Achievement Management Excellence) awards competition. The Golden School Foodservice Director demonstrates outstanding achievement in leadership, spirit/dedication, innovation, career awards, management systems, humanitarianism/community involvement and bettering the lives of students.

Gilbert had received FAME’s Silver Rising Star Award in 2006 and her district was named an SNA District of the Year in 2010. In the last two years, her team also has earned USDA Best Practice awards in customer service and nutrition.

Four other school nutrition professionals were lauded by the FAME selection panel that included winners of the 2010 competition, as well as the editor of School Nutrition magazine and other trade publications and SNA President Nancy Rice, SNS. To see the complete list, please click on the link below.

FAME Award Winners Announced

Apply for the HealthierUS School Challenge!

Since the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service introduced the HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) in 2004, 901 schools in 38 states (as of the time of this web story) have achieved HUSSC designations. USDA is committed to growing this number to 1,250 schools by June 2011, an effort that SNA has pledged to support. The challenge features four award levels: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Gold Award of Distinction.

Has your school earned this recognition for doing all it can to teach and model healthy behaviors to students? If not, you should consider applying for the HealthierUS School Challenge. Visit the link below for tips and suggestions to help your school district apply for this distinction.

Apply for the HealthierUS School Challenge!

USDA Releases Report on State Progress on Direct Certification

USDA recently released a report examining state progress on implementing direct certification programs for the school nutrition programs. The report, Direct Certification in the National School Lunch Program: State Progress in Implementation is a report to Congress required by the 2004 Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act. It assesses the effectiveness of state and local efforts to directly certify and enroll students in the federal school nutrition programs. Under direct certification, children that are already enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) are directly certified for free meals. During SY 2009-2010, the national average for directly certifying school age SNAP participants was 72 percent, with the strongest states directly certifying more than 80 percent of SNAP-participant children.

USDA Report: Direct Certification in the National School Lunch Program

Institute of Medicine Releases Recommended Guidelines for Child and Adult Care Feeding Program

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a report calling for changes in the nutrition guidelines for the Child and Adult Care Feeding Program (CACFP). The report included recommendations that should bring the program’s existing nutrition standards in line with the nutrition science used in other federal food programs, including the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program. CACFP is a nutrition program provided in places like family day care centers, traditional child care centers, after care programs, adult care facilities, and emergency shelters. The report calls for increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables served, including more dark green and orange vegetables. More whole grains should be served and sodium, saturated fat, trans fat, and added sugars should be limited. To see complete information regarding the IOM’s recommended guidelines for CACFP, please visit the following link.

Child and Adult Care Feeding Program: Aligning Dietary Guidance for All

Report Looks At Local School Wellness Policies Three Years Later

Bridging the Gap, a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, released a report last week examining the implementation of local school wellness policies three years after they were mandated by federal law. The report, School District Wellness Policies: Evaluating Progress and Potential for Improving Children's Health Three Years After the Federal Mandate: School Years 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09, looks at the latest data on district wellness policies, including provisions for school meal guidelines, competitive foods standards, physical activity goals and other requirements. The findings are based on nationally representative samples from school districts across the country. A requirement of the 2004 Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act, school districts participating in the National School Lunch Program needed to have a local school wellness policy in place by July 1, 2006.

Bridging the Gap: Wellness Policy Report (pdf)


 
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