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Tuesday Morning - April 17, 2012

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April 17, 2012

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New Study Estimates Calorie Reductions Needed to Achieve Obesity-Prevention Goals

New USDA Farm to School Grant Program

House Budget Committee Hearing: Strengthening the Safety Net

SNF Webinar Wednesdays: Managing Food Safety When Handling Fresh Produce in Schools

Meeting of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition

Healthy Schools Campaign and Trust for America’s Health host event at The National Press Club

Perspectives on Nutrition and Aging: A National Summit

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New Study Estimates Calorie Reductions Needed to Achieve Obesity-Prevention Goals

A new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that in order for the nation to achieve goals set by the federal government for reducing obesity rates by 2020, children in the United States would need to eliminate an average of 64 excess calories per day.

Without this reduction, the authors predict that the average U.S. youth would be nearly four pounds heavier than a child or teen of the same age was in 2007-08, and more than 20 percent of young people would be obese, up from 16.9 percent today.

Learn more about the study here.

New USDA Farm to School Grant Program

The USDA Farm to School Grant Program Request for Applications (RFA) will be released at 10:00 am ET, April 17.

Districts seeking funding to start a new program will need to identify a community partner and will be encouraged to collaborate with other districts. USDA will be sharing more information and will be seeking feedback on implementation of the program. You can receive updates directly by subscribing to the USDA Farm to School mailing list or by visiting the Farm to School website.

Two informational webinars will be offered in May and staff are open to receiving questions any time after the RFA is released. For more info, please contact:

•Deborah Kane, National Director, Farm to School Program, Food & Nutrition Services (FNS): deborah.kane@fns.usda.gov or (503) 326-2010
•Gregory Walton, Grants Management Specialist, FNS: greg.walton@fns.usda.gov or (703) 305-1575

There will be a press conference at 3:00 pm ET, Tuesday, April 17, when Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan will publicly announce the grant program. To participate, dial into the audio bridge at (888) 469-1348 with the verbal password "USDA." If you have trouble connecting, call (202) 720-8560.

House Budget Committee Hearing: Strengthening the Safety Net

On Tuesday April 17, 2012, the House Budget Committee will hold a hearing “Strengthening the Safety Net.” Witnesses include:

•Casey Mulligan, Professor of Economics, University of Chicago
•Ron Haskins, Co-Director, Center on Children and Families Brookings Institution
•Robert Rector, Senior Research Fellow Heritage Foundation
•Robert Greenstein, President, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

SNF Webinar Wednesdays: Managing Food Safety When Handling Fresh Produce in Schools

The School Nutrition Foundation (SNF), in partnership with the USDA Food and Nutrition Service’s Office of Food Safety, will be offering a free webinar on Wednesday, April 18th, from 2:00-3:15 pm EDT, entitled: “Managing Food Safety When Handling Fresh Produce in Schools."

In this webinar, professors from Kansas State University’s Center of Excellence for Food Safety Research in Child Nutrition Programs will explain why fresh produce is associated with increased risk of foodborne illness and will provide recommendations for minimizing risk when handling produce throughout the school environment, including in classrooms and on salad bars.

A school nutrition director from the Ventura Unified School District in California and a representative from the Alabama Department of Education will discuss fresh produce handling practices and training strategies. Learn about resources available from USDA to manage produce safety and train staff on handling fresh produce in schools.

To register, visit https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/783916986.

Meeting of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition

On May 1, 2012, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition (PCFSN) will hold their annual meeting as established through Executive Order. The PCFSN serves to advise the President concerning progress made in carrying out the provisions on ways to promote regular physical activity, fitness, sports participation, and good nutrition. Recommendations may address, but are not necessarily limited to, public awareness campaigns; federal, state and local physical activity; fitness, sports participation and nutrition initiatives; and partnership opportunities between public- and private-sector health promotion entities. In addition, the PCFSN monitors the need to enhance programs and educational and promotional materials sponsored, overseen, or disseminated by the Council, and shall advise the Secretary, as necessary. The meeting will be open to the public and will be held at the Department of Health and Human Services, 200 Independence Ave., S.W., Room 800, Washington, D.C. 20201. The agenda for the meeting is being developed and will be posted at www.fitness.gov when it has been finalized. Registration for public attendance must be completed before close of business on April 23, 2012.

Healthy Schools Campaign and Trust for America’s Health host event at the National Press Club

The Healthy Schools Campaign and Trust for America’s Health are hosting an event at the National Press Club on May 9, 2012, in order to present recommendations from its new initiative, Health in Mind: Improving Education Through Wellness, to Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education and Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Guests will hear from Secretary Duncan and Secretary Sebelius, as well as from on-the-ground leaders who are successfully promoting children’s health and learning in schools across the U.S. If you are planning to attend, please be sure to register at http://bit.ly/HealthInMind. If you are not able to attend this event but would like to stay informed about the effort, please click here.

Perspectives on Nutrition and Aging: A National Summit

On August 23, 2012, from 7:45 am to 4:00 pm, the Administration on Aging - Meals On Wheels Association of America will host a National Summit at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md.

The summit will bring together a broad array of individuals and organizations from across the country for a day of future-focused dialogue around the critical link between nutrition and health in the context of a rapidly aging nation. The Summit will begin with a retrospective that honors past successes and the people and programs responsible for achieving them. This will be followed by a series of panel discussions focused on building the future of nutrition and aging. Interspersed throughout the Summit will be presentations of innovation practices and possibilities, as selected via the Perspectives Challenge. A detailed agenda will be posted once the final speaker and panel selections have been confirmed. For more details, visit http://summit.nutritionandaging.org.

SNA Executive Team and Regional Director State Visits for April

TBD, ANC 2013 Site Visit, Kansas City, MO
April 19-21, Georgia State Conference, The Classic Center, Athens, GA
April 19-21, AJLI Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA
April 21-23, NSBA 72nd Annual Conference, Boston, MA
April 26-28, NLC, Galt House, Louisville, KY
April 26-28, Florida State Conference, Ocean Center, Daytona Beach, FL


 
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