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November 15, 2011

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House Ag Appropriations Conference Committee Completed - Votes Expected Later This Week

Upcoming SNF Webinar

Iowa State study finds health value to children of National School Lunch Program

MyPlate Fruits and Veggies Video Challenge

Grocery Stores Create Healthy Checkout Aisles

Alliance for a Healthier Generation Upcoming Webinars

Working With Faith-Based Organizations Conference Call

Ending Childhood Hunger Video Contest

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House Ag Appropriations Conference Committee Completed - Votes Expected Later This Week

House and Senate conferees have completed negotiations on a $137 billion 2012 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill. This bill has been merged with the Commerce, Justice Science Appropriations bill and the Transportation – Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill. It will also provide continuing funding for the rest of the federal government through December 16. The House is expected to vote on Thursday, and the Senate will take up the measure following House approval. The conference agreement includes general provisions regarding the proposed school meal standards rule:

  • SEC. 743. None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to implement an interim final or final rule regarding nutrition programs under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act and the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 seq.) that
    • (1) requires crediting of tomato paste and puree based on volume;
    • (2) implements a sodium reduction target beyond Target I, the 2-year target, specified in Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, "Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs" until the Secretary certifies that the Department has reviewed and evaluated relevant scientific studies and data relevant to the relationship of sodium reductions to human health; and
    • (3) establishes any whole gram requirement without defining "whole grain."
  • :SEC. 746. None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to implement an interim final or final rule that
    • (1) sets any maximum limits on the serving of vegetables in school meal programs established under the Richard B . Russell National School Lunch Act and by section 4 of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966; or
    • (2) is inconsistent with the recommendations of the most recent Dietary Guidelines for Americans for vegetables.

Upcoming SNF Webinar

On Wednesday, November 16th, the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) will host a webinar entitled “Addressing Food Safety in School Produce Purchasing” in partnership with the US Department of Agriculture FNS Office of Food Safety.

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. Additionally, a foodservice director will discuss her district’s food safety requirements for local farms and distributors.

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

Iowa State study finds health value to children of National School Lunch Program

To study the impact of school lunch on children's nutritional health, researchers from Iowa State University used data from the 2001-04 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), conducted by the National Centers for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a program of surveys designed to assess the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the United States through interviews and direct physical examinations. Their sample included 2,693 children between 6 and 17 years of age, who were reported to be attending schools with National School Lunch Programs (NSLP) and residing in households with income less than 185 percent of the federal poverty line.

Brent Kreider, an Iowa State professor of economics who collaborated on the study, says it has been well documented that children who qualify for free and reduced-price school lunches tend to have worse health than their fellow students. The study found that the NSLP reduces the prevalence of food insecurity by 3.8 percent, poor general health by 29 percent and the rate of obesity by at least 17 percent among participants.

For more, please visit: http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2011/nov/NSLP

MyPlate Fruits and Veggies Video Challenge

The US Department of Agriculture is hosting a video challenge to see how you’re adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet without straining your budget. Winners will receive a cash prize. Create a short video of approximately 30 seconds which shows how you build a healthy plate with fruits and vegetables on a budget.

Submit your “Make Half Your Plate Fruits and Vegetables” video by November 15th to be eligible for the contest. The goal of the challenge is to encourage healthy eating habits, raise awareness around USDA’s MyPlate, and promote the message, “Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.” Winners will be featured on ChooseMyPlate.gov and other partner websites.

Videos may be submitted in the following categories:

  • Tips for kids
  • Tips when eating at home
  • Tips when eating away from home

FIRST PRIZE (3) $1,500 each
SECOND PRIZE (3) $1,000 each
POPULAR CHOICE (3) $500 each

To learn more or to register, go to: fruitsandveggies.challenge.gov.

Grocery Stores Create Healthy Checkout Aisles

In Parkersburg, West Virginia, four grocery stores and three Wal-Mart stores have created healthy checkout aisles. So customers have healthy options at checkout, these stores are replacing chips, candy and soft drinks with granola bars, dried fruit and jump ropes. The idea came from the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is also hoping the idea spreads quickly in an effort to fight the obesity epidemic. Obese people are much more likely to develop diabetes, heart disease, asthma, arthritis and other chronic diseases; West Virginia ranks first or second in a wide range of chronic conditions, including obesity.

"I think it's wonderful, because my kids aren't reaching for chocolate and sugar," a recent shopper said, as her son pulled an applesauce pack off the shelf. "Apples and grapes are all right with me."

The local Health Department brought in a dietician to help evaluate the checkout aisles at the stores. They also gave fruit and vegetables racks to be set up in place of the candy racks to encourage customers to eat more fruits and vegetables.

To read the full story, visit: http://wvgazette.com/News/201110083123?page=1

Alliance for a Healthier Generation Upcoming Webinars

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation has announced two upcoming webinars on behavioral economics in school nutrition. These 75 minute webinars, which will include presentations by Cornell University researchers Brian Wansink, David Just and Adam Brumberg, as well as industry experts on point of sale systems and vending, are designed to help Healthy Schools Program schools implement our schools meals checklist criteria. The webinars, entitled “Nudge: Applying Behavioral Economics in the Cafeteria”, will take place on December 6th at 10:00am EST and December 7th at 4:00pm EST.

By the end of the webinars, participants will be able to:

  • describe at least three techniques for applying behavioral economics in school food service
  • describe three ways to use behavioral economics to meet the Healthy Schools Program school meals checklist criteria
  • describe how vending and point of sale software can be used to implement behavioral economics criteria

To register for the December 6th session, visit: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/948188264

To register for the December 7th session, visit: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/252819840

Working With Faith-Based Organizations Conference Call

On November 16th from 2:00 – 3:00pm EST, the US Department of Agriculture’s Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships is hosting a conference call for those who are interested in working with or are currently working with faith-based organizations. On the call will be the Corporation for National and Community Service and faith-based organization leaders.

To register, please visit: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGpJMkNYeVdET0lLTUZUSzhYUnpialE6MQ

Ending Childhood Hunger Video Contest

The US Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Services Division (FNS) is hosting a video contest entitled “Ending Childhood Hunger”. Elementary, middle/junior high, and high school students are asked to submit a video answering the question “What are you doing to end childhood hunger in your community?” These student-created videos of two minutes or less should show current activities or innovative ideas that tackle the problem of childhood hunger.

Videos can incorporate graphics, original music, written words and/or original. For full details, visit: www.fns.usda.gov/outreach/videocontest. Submissions must be made no later than December 15 at 11:59pm EDT to http://endhunger.challenge.gov/submissions/new.


 
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