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June 19, 2012

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SNA Releasing Meal Pattern Implementation Guide at ANC in Denver

Budget Sequestration Not Currently Expected to Apply to School Meal Programs

USDA Releases Interim Rule Regarding $.06 – SNA to Submit Comments

IOM Seeks Nominations for Childhood Obesity Committee

EatRight Radio: Free Public Service Announcements Available from Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

USDA: “Together We Can” Feed Kids During the Summer

Registration and Scholarships for the 6th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference

Feeding America Presents Map the Meal Gap

USDA Calling for Nominations for Champions of Change

States Act to Prevent Childhood Obesity – New Report from National Conference of State Legislatures

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SNA Releasing Meal Pattern Implementation Guide at ANC in Denver

SNA is taking an active role in addressing meal pattern questions and has appointed an Ad Hoc Working Group to develop a practical “How-To Guide” for SNA members. The goal of this Guide is to assist in the challenges of implementing the new meal pattern requirements for lunch scheduled to go into effect this fall. As part of the distribution efforts for this Guide, an education session (We Can Do This: Advice and Resources for Meeting the New Meal Pattern) will be held at the Annual National Conference (ANC) in Denver, Colorado to discuss and share the new materials. We urge you to take advantage of this important educational offering, and be fully prepared to meet the new meal pattern requirements, as well as ready to show off all the healthy changes in your school cafeteria.

This hot topic session will provide you with sample menus, resources and other valuable tools needed to interpret and implement the new meal pattern regulations. It will be presented by the SNA Ad Hoc Meal Pattern Working Group consisting of food service operators, state agency officials, industry and USDA representatives.

The session will be repeated throughout the conference (see dates and times below), so that everyone has an opportunity to attend.

Sunday, July 15 (12:00 pm -1:00 pm)
Monday, July 16 (2:15 pm -3:15 pm)
Tuesday, July 17 (10:00 am -11:00 am and 2:15 pm -3:15 pm)
Wednesday, July 18 (1:30 pm -2:30 pm and 2:45 pm -3:45 pm)

Budget Sequestration Not Currently Expected to Apply to School Meal Programs

School Food Directors are beginning to ask what the impact might be on school meal programs if Congress does not reach a budget deal to avoid automatic budget reductions - sequestration - currently scheduled to take place on January 2, 2013, as required by the Budget Control Act of 2011. These reductions are expected to range from 7 to 9 percent in many Federal programs. SNA does not expect there to be any impact on School Lunch, School Breakfast, Child and Adult Care Food, and others, because they are exempted from automatic cuts by another law, the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act. But the Special Milk program is not exempted, and could face a reduction. We will continue to monitor Congressional action and report any important developments as they occur.

USDA Releases Interim Rule Regarding $.06 – SNA to Submit Comments

USDA has published an interim rule regarding performance-based cash assistance for school food authorities (SFAs) certified compliant with meal pattern and nutrition standards. This rule requires State agencies to certify participating SFAs that are in compliance with meal pattern requirements as eligible to receive an additional six cents per each reimbursable lunch served. This funding is available beginning October 1, 2012 and adjusted annually thereafter. This interim rule is effective July 1, 2012. Comments regarding rule provisions will be accepted until July 26, 2012. Read more here.

Here is the full text of the interim rule. SNA will be submitting comments on the rule and strongly encourages others to do so. Once SNA’s comments are available we will share them in Tuesday Morning and on schoolnutrition.org. An archived webinar is available here.

IOM Seeks Nominations for Childhood Obesity Committee

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) is seeking nominations for their standing committee on childhood obesity prevention (www.iom.edu/childhoodobesity). This ongoing standing committee guides the planning and program development of IOM's obesity prevention activities, including activities undertaken by separately appointed ad hoc committees. The committee's work emphasizes the urgency of accelerated progress in obesity prevention and seeks ways to sustain progress that is made. Specifically, the committee:

(1) serves as a focal point for discussions on policy-relevant priorities in childhood obesity prevention; (2) identifies and refines focused topics to be examined through workshops, public briefings, and publications; and (3) provides strategic guidance on emerging issues, research, and activities.

Expertise is needed in the areas of: Agriculture Policy; Biology/Physiology of Obesity; Corporate Sector/Business; Economics; Education; Health Law; Media and Marketing/Communications; Nutrition; Obesity and Diabetes; Obesity Prevention and Behavioral Research; Pediatrics and Child Health; Physical Activity; Public Health; Public Policy/Government; Systems Research in Obesity; Youth Organizations; Other (please specify).

Contact information and comments regarding qualifications of nominees are greatly appreciated. Please fill out the this form to submit information about your nominee(s) by Friday, June 22, and return it to Emily Ann Miller, Associate Program Officer, at eamiller@nas.edu. You may also contact Emily with any questions.

EatRight Radio: Free Public Service Announcements Available from Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

The world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals is launching EatRight Radio, a new online resource with free public service announcements that encourage millions of people to improve their health. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has created a broadcast team of registered dietitians to create a network of free public service announcements beginning this summer.

Thirty- and sixty-second EatRight Radio PSAs are available online in both English and Spanish and feature a registered dietitian offering current science-based health and nutrition tips, including eating gluten-free, promoting children's health, supporting a healthy pregnancy, the temptations of late-night snacking and more.

Visit the links below to preview examples of EatRight Radio messages from registered dietitians:

  • Enjoy Your Food, But Eat Less (30 seconds), Jim White
  • Eating Gluten-Free (30 seconds), Constance Brown-Riggs
  • Say No to Dangerous Fad Diets (60 seconds), Melissa Joy Dobbins
  • Estado de salud y físico de ancianos (Senior Health and Fitness) (30 seconds - Spanish), Manuel Villacorta

Visit www.EatRight.org/Radio to learn more and to browse, preview and download PSAs, all free of charge.

USDA: “Together We Can” Feed Kids During the Summer

USDA’s new “Together We Can” Partnership Series for community and faith-based organizations webinar program shares opportunities to collaborate with USDA to help those in need in your community. These sessions will be available via Microsoft Office LiveMeeting (Webinar) and are free of charge for all participants. You will need access to a phone line and a computer with internet access to participate. Please note that you must register for the webinar to receive additional information. You’ll find more information about the series and registration here.

Webinar Schedule:

  • Together We Can Put Healthy and Affordable Food on the Table – Wednesday, June 20th at 2pm EDT
  • Together We Can Teach About Nutritious Cooking and Eating – Wednesday, July 25th at 2pm EDT
  • Together We Can Build Local and Regional Food Systems – Wednesday, August 29th at 2pm EDT
  • Together We Can Feed Kids After School – Wednesday, September 26th at 2pm EDT
  • Together We Can Build our Partnership: More Opportunities to work with USDA – Wednesday, October 31st at 2pm EDT

Registration and Scholarships for the 6th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference

The 6th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference: Digging In! is less than two months away! Representatives from all sectors of Farm to Cafeteria will convene in Burlington, Vermont from August 2-5, 2012 for four days of education, conversations and fun. There will be skill-building short courses, field trips to innovative Vermont farms and institutions, a diverse workshop program, and plenty of opportunities to network with inspiring individuals from across the country.

Registration is now open. For more info on the conference:
http://farmtocafeteriaconference.org/6/schedule/

Feeding America Presents Map the Meal Gap

On June 20th, Feeding America will present Map the Meal Gap, research describing food insecurity in each county and Congressional District in the United States. This will be presented on: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 from 10:00am – 11:00am in Cannon House Office Building, Room 207.

Panelists include:

  • Elaine Waxman, Feeding America, Vice President of Research and Partnerships
  • Candy Hill, Catholic Charities USA, Senior Vice President of Social Policy and Government Affairs
  • Jennifer Hatcher, Food Marketing Institute, Senior Vice President of Government and Public Affairs

RSVP to okangaj@feedingamerica.org..

USDA Calling for Nominations for Champions of Change

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is calling upon all community leaders who have committed themselves to ending hunger to apply to the “White House Champions of Change: Alleviating Hunger at Home and Abroad” program. The purpose of this program is to recognize individuals who are using innovative community-based approaches to reduce hunger and ensure that people have access to enough food both in the United States and internationally. Some examples of a champion’s work include:

  • Reaching food insecure families and individuals via outreach around federal nutrition assistance programs (such as SNAP, WIC, or school meals)
  • Supplying food to underserved populations through a community garden, farmers market, or other local food project.
  • Running a summer or after-school meal program for kids or helping to support that program with activities, transportation, outreach, or healthy meals.
  • Running a nutrition education program for low-income citizens to stretch the food dollar and heighten awareness of the connection between diet and health.
  • Expanding access to and quality of school feeding programs.

For more info and to submit your nominations by midnight on Friday, June 29th – click here.

States Act to Prevent Childhood Obesity – New Report from National Conference of State Legislatures

State legislatures in 2011 continued to enact laws to promote healthy communities and prevent childhood obesity, according to a new report by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). Although the overall level of activity was not as high as in 2010 in terms of number of bills enacted, more states enacted laws than in the previous year. In particular, states with the highest levels of childhood obesity—those primarily in the Southeast and Southwest—are taking action to address it.

Thirteen states passed bills related to school nutrition/nutrition education, complementing federal legislation enacted in 2010 that reauthorized the national School Lunch and School Breakfast programs and set higher nutrition standards for school meals. The findings are part of the 2011 edition of State Actions to Promote Healthy Communities and Prevent Childhood Obesity: Summary and Analysis of Trends in Legislation, an annual analysis conducted by NCSL examining state legislative action to address childhood obesity. The report was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Read the full report for more information on the specific policies states passed.

SNA Executive Team and Regional Director State Visits for June

June 6-8, North Dakota State Conference, Bismarck, ND
June 10-14, New Mexico State Conference, Albuquerque, NM
June 11-14, Tennessee State Conference, Chattanooga, TN
June 11-15, South Carolina State Conference, Myrtle Beach, SC
June 11-15, Louisiana State Conference, Monroe, LA
June 12-15, Ohio State Conference, Columbus, OH
June 12-15, Utah State Conference, Layton, UT
June 17-20, Texas State Conference, Austin, TX
June 18-20, Kentucky State Conference, Covington, KY
June 19-20, Iowa State Conference, Dubuque, IA
June 19-21, Montana State Conference, Great Falls, MT
June 21-24, National PTA Convention, San Jose, CA
June 24-27, American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) 103rd Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN
June 24-27, Wisconsin State Conference, Dells, WI
June 24-27, Nebraska State Conference, Kearney, NE
June 26-28, Illinois State Conference, Springfield, IL
June 27-28, Connecticut State Conference, Hill, CT


 
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