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Tuesday Morning - January 8, 2013

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January 8, 2013

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Federal Policy

Representative Steve King of Iowa to Chair House Nutrition Subcommittee
SNA Public Policy and Legislation Committee Drafts Issue Paper
SNA Updates “We Can Do This: Advice and Resources for Meeting the NSLP New Meal Pattern”
New Menus for the New Meal Pattern from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation
USDA Releases a Memo Extending Deadlines on School Food Authority Paid Lunch Price

State Policy

Majority of State Legislatures Set to Convene This Month

Reports, Webinars, and Events

Summer Meals Matter Conference Call: Sponsor Recruitment
Afterschool Meals Matter Conference Call: Serve Holiday and Weekend Meals
Federal Trade Commission Released “A Review of Food Marketing to Children and Adolescents" Report
USDA Has Released the School Nutrition Dietary Assessment Study IV
Making the Economic Case for Addressing Obesity in the United States
Childhood Obesity More Likely to Affect Children in Poorer Neighborhoods

SNA Executive Team Events and Regional Meetings


Federal Policy

Representative Steve King of Iowa to Chair House Nutrition Subcommittee

Chairman Frank Lucas of Oklahoma named five members to serve as Subcommittee Chairmen of the House Agriculture Committee for the 113th Congress. Rep. Steve King (IA-5) will serve as Chair of the House Nutrition Subcommittee with Department Operations, Oversight, and Nutrition Jurisdiction. The Nutrition Subcommittee is in charge of agency oversight, review and analysis, special investigations, food stamps, nutrition and consumer programs. Click here for the full press release.

SNA Public Policy and Legislation Committee Drafts Issue Paper

On December 13, 2012, SNA’s Committee on Public Policy and Legislation convened in National Harbor, Md., to draft the 2013 Legislative Issue Paper. This important document drives SNA’s legislative agenda for the coming year and the 113th Congress. The Issue Paper was reviewed and approved by the Board, and is now available on the SNA website.

SNA Updates “We Can Do This: Advice and Resources for Meeting the NSLP New Meal Pattern”

In December of 2012, SNA provided updates to the toolkit of materials to aid members in meeting the new meal pattern. This toolkit contains sample menus and tools from states and local school districts. The guide, along with other resources, is available at www.schoolnutrition.org/mealpattern.

New Menus for the New Meal Pattern from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation has developed sample menus to help you plug into the new USDA meal pattern. Each grade-level specific menu builds out a month long meal plan that offers your students healthy options and helps your school meet new meal regulations. These menus incorporate the maximum grain and meat limits to help you continue to phase in those requirements in 2013 and beyond. Download the menus here (free registration is required).

USDA Releases a Memo Extending Deadlines on School Food Authority Paid Lunch Price

Due to the workload surrounding the new meal pattern implementation certification activity, USDA’s Food & Nutrition Service (FNS) has granted a two-month extension to the deadline for the FNS-828 data submissions for this year only. For SY 2012-13, the FNS-828 reports will be due by January 30, 2013. To view the USDA memo, click here.

State Policy

Majority of State Legislatures Set to Convene This Month

Most of the state legislatures will be starting new sessions during January; the remainder of states will begin in February. A full list of the legislative calendars can be found here. In 2012, many states saw the introduction of varied bills addressing the different components of childhood and school nutrition: competitive foods, local sourcing, mandatory breakfast programs, and funding. While many died in committee, it is SNA’s expectation that many of these issues will be reintroduced in 2013. SNA will pay close attention and keep you updated via Tuesday Morning.

Reports, Webinars, and Events

Summer Meals Matter Conference Call: Sponsor Recruitment

The Summer Meals Matter Conference Call will be held on Tuesday, January 8, 2013, at 1:00 pm EST. Sponsors are critical to the success of the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) by ensuring there are summer sites where children can receive healthy meals. The sponsor is administratively and fiscally responsible for operating SFSP and has the ability to operate numerous sites throughout the community. By focusing on sponsor recruitment early we can guarantee there are enough sponsors to operate SFSP and meet the needs of children in the community. This call will discuss strategies for recruiting sponsors and talk about resources and ideas to support sponsors ensuring they can build the program for future summers. To register for the call, click here.

Afterschool Meals Matter Conference Call: Serve Holiday and Weekend Meals

The Afterschool Meals Matter Conference Call will be held on Wednesday, January 16, 2013, at 1:00 pm EST. With the start of the new semester, it is not too late to introduce holiday and weekend meals to your Afterschool Meal Program while the school year is still in session. Serving meals over weekends and during school holidays as a part of your Afterschool Meal Program can help ensure that the children in your community have access to the nutrition they need during these critical times when they do not have access to school meals. Additionally, serving holiday and weekend meals greatly increases the number of meals you can claim for reimbursement and help maintain the financial health of your afterschool program. Join this call to learn more about what it would mean for your afterschool program to extend its service into weekends and over school holidays and how state agencies are assisting sponsors in adding these additional meals to their programs. To register for the call, click here.

Federal Trade Commission Released “A Review of Food Marketing to Children and Adolescents: Follow-Up Report”

The Federal Trade Commission announced the results of a comprehensive study of food and beverage industry marketing expenditures and activities directed to children and teens. This report provides a look at food marketing expenditures to children and how they’ve changed from before industry self-regulation was in effect (2006) to after (2009) and gauges the progress industry has made since first launching self-regulatory efforts to promote healthier food choices to kids. It serves as a follow-up to the Commission’s 2008 report on food marketing requested by Congress. To read the report, click here.

USDA Has Released the School Nutrition Dietary Assessment Study IV

USDA Food and Nutrition Service released the latest School Nutrition Dietary Assessment Study. The report provides a comparison of the nutritional quality of school meals between SY 2009-10, SY 2004-05, and SY 1998-99. As in prior studies, the nutrient content of the average meals offered and served in the nation’s schools was compared with regulatory standards in effect at the time—the School Meal Initiative (SMI) nutrition standards—as well as selected recommendations included in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Click here for the full report, as well as the report summary.

Making the Economic Case for Addressing Obesity in the United States (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Dec 2012)

The obesity epidemic constitutes a major economic and health burden in the United States, one that is expected to grow substantially in the coming decades. Given the current environment of fiscal conservatism, it is important to know if federally funded anti-obesity initiatives can effectively reduce the epidemic's impact over the long term. Researchers examined peer-reviewed scientific literature to determine whether anti-obesity programs and methods can be economically as well as clinically successful. They also reviewed procedures used by the Congressional Budget Office to project the likely effectiveness of anti-obesity initiatives. Click here for the full report.

Childhood Obesity More Likely to Affect Children in Poorer Neighborhoods (Rice University, Nov 2012)

Children living in poorer neighborhoods are nearly 30 percent more likely to be obese than children in more affluent residences, according to a new study from Rice University. The study reveals that living in neighborhoods with higher levels of poverty and lower levels of education is associated with increased child obesity risk, regardless of family composition or other individual factors. The research also showed that living in neighborhoods with a higher proportion of foreign-born residents is associated with reduced child obesity risk. Click here for the full report.

SNA Executive Team Events and Regional Meetings

January 13-15, 2013, Child Nutrition Industry Conference, San Antonio, TX


 
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