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June 4, 2013

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Federal Policy

HHS and USDA Announce the Appointment of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee and First Meeting
Chairman Kline of House Education Committee Sends Letter to USDA on Competitive Foods Rule
The MyPlate Anniversary Has Begun
FDA Requests Nominations for Voting Members on the Food Advisory Committee
SNA President Speaks at Future of Food Forum
U.S. House of Representatives Offering a Version of the Farm Bill that Alters the Fruit and Vegetable Program
SNA and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation Creating Breakfast Materials
Action Alert for Proposed Legislation in Senate and House

State Policy

Jefferson County Public Schools Using Mobile Bus for Summer Feeding
Texas Legislature Passes Two Child Nutrition Bills
Indiana Will Stop Using Free/Reduced Numbers to Assess Poverty

Reports, Webinars, and Events

CDC Report Highlights State and Local Successes in Increasing Fruit and Vegetable Consumption
Webinar on Community Eligibility Option – June 5, 2013
Team Nutrition Releases Updated Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program
Opportunity to Submit Nominations for Nutrients of Interest for Dietary Reference Intake Reviews

SNA Executive Team Events and Regional Meetings


Federal Policy

HHS and USDA Announce the Appointment of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee and First Meeting

The appointment of 15 nationally recognized experts to serve on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) has recently been announced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack. The Committee’s recommendations and rationale will serve as a basis for the eighth edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The Dietary Guidelines serve as the foundation for national nutrition programs, standards and education. In addition, the Dietary Guidelines provide key recommendations for the general population, as well as specific population groups, to help people choose an overall healthy diet that works for them.

A public meeting of the DGAC will be held on Thursday, June 13th from 8:30 am-11:30 am EDT and Friday, June 14th from 8:30 am-3:45 pm EDT at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, Md. This meeting will be accessible by webcast or by in-person attendance (pre-registration is required for both). Also, public comments will be accepted throughout the DGAC’s deliberative process, and opportunities to present oral comments will be provided at a future meeting. To ensure transmission to the DGAC prior to this first meeting, written comments must be received by June 5, 2013.

For additional information, including meeting details, press releases and fact sheets, visit www.DietaryGuidelines.gov. Click here for the press release and to view the list of those named to the committee.

Chairman Kline of House Education Committee Sends Letter to USDA on Competitive Foods Rule

Congressman John Kline (R-MN), the Chairman of the House Education and Workforce Committee, along with Member of Congress Joe Heck (R-NV) sent a letter last week to Secretary Vilsack on the proposed Competitive Foods Rule. The letter begins with concerns about implementing the meal pattern and goes on to call for the competitive foods rule to be released in an interim state.

Dear Secretary Vilsack:
As the school year comes to an end, states, school districts, parents, students, the Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Congress have now had a fully year to examine the effects of the updated meal pattern standards on the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs. After closely monitoring the implementation of the new requirements, we remain concerned about the overall financial viability of local programs and the challenges facing school food service operators...

To read the full letter, click here.

The MyPlate Anniversary Has Begun

MyPlate’s 2nd birthday is on June 2, 2013, and USDA is throwing a week-long virtual party. We’re asking everyone to wish MyPlate a Happy Birthday on their new Facebook page, www.facebook.com/myplate, throughout this week. You can also share a message about the celebration with your Facebook friends.

Twitter fans can participate, too! Let your Twitter followers know about the celebration by tweeting about it. Make sure to mention @MyPlate in your posts and link to the MyPlate Facebook page. The hashtag for the birthday is #MyPlateBirthday. Another way to celebrate MyPlate‘s birthday is by pinning a healthy #recipe on @Pinterest. To learn more about MyPlate, visit www.choosemyplate.gov.

FDA Requests Nominations for Voting Members on the Food Advisory Committee

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published a notice requesting nominations for voting members on the Food Advisory Committee. Nominations received on or before July 22, 2013 will be given first consideration for membership on the Committee, and nominations received after that date will be considered to the extent nominees are still needed. The Food Advisory Committee provides advice to the FDA Commissioner, and other appropriate officials, on emerging food safety, food science, nutrition, and other food-related health issues that FDA considers of primary importance for its food and cosmetics programs. Members serve for terms of up to 4 years. Nominees should have expertise in microbiology, nutrition, food science, food technology, pediatric development, or nanotechnology in food. To read the federal register notice, click here. To read the OFW Memo, click here.

SNA President Speaks at Future of Food Forum

On May 22, 2013, SNA President Sandra Ford, SNS, joined a panel of distinguished speakers at the Washington Post Live forum, Future of Food: Building a Sustainable Food System. The event, which featured discussions with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and U.S. Representative Marcia Fudge (D-OH), explored topics ranging from food insecurity to agricultural innovations helping to make food more affordable and nutritious. To learn more, click here or visit the Washington Post Live website to view the event agenda and video clips.

U.S. House of Representatives Offering a Version of the Farm Bill that Alters the Fruit and Vegetable Program

For at least the second time, a U.S. House of Representatives committee is offering a version of the massive farm bill that would dramatically change a snack program that is intended to develop a taste for fresh produce in children from low-income families. In the version of the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act marked up by the House Agriculture Committee, the word "fresh" is stricken from language about the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, opening the door to canned, frozen and dried fruits. For more on this, read this Education Week article.

SNA and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation Creating Breakfast Materials

Much like the Meal Pattern Guide found at www.schoolnutrition.org/mealpattern, SNA is working to create materials to support members in breakfast meal pattern changes. Working with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, SNA’s Nutrition Committee is looking to create materials with examples of breakfast menus for members to gear up for the changes this fall with school breakfast as dictated by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. These menus would be geared to meet the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) requirements for the 2013-14 school year. SNA and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation will be releasing this guide at SNA’s 2013 Annual National Conference (ANC) in Kansas City, Mo., in July.

Action Alert for Proposed Legislation in Senate and House

Please help us in providing healthy school meals each day. Contact your Senators and Member of Congress and ask them to co-sponsor S. 427/H.R. 1303. For a customizable form letter to send to your House Members and Senators, visit http://capwiz.com/asfsa/issues/alert/?alertid=62541546.


State Policy

Jefferson County Public Schools Using Mobile Bus for Summer Feeding

The transportation department for Jefferson County (Ky.) Public Schools (JCPS) has donated a fully depreciated bus to the nutrition services department for a summer feeding project. The vehicle maintenance staff did all of the work and the nutrition services department provided the financial support. There are plans to visit two large mobile home parks (one where over 500 JCPS students live) and three of the public pools. The bus will also be a valuable resource during the school year for field days and family nights. The staff and community are very excited about being able to reach kids during the summer months with nutritious meals. Click here to watch a news story.

Texas Legislature Passes Two Child Nutrition Bills

As the Texas Legislature wrapped up for the year, it moved two bills to Governor Perry for signing. On May 24, the Governor signed into law a bill expanding breakfast in the classroom. Similar to a bill in Colorado, it requires all schools with 80% free and reduced participation to provide breakfast in the classroom for free. A second bill focused on expanding participation in the summer feeding programs in rural areas. This bill passed both chambers and awaits the Governor’s signature.

Indiana Will Stop Using Free/Reduced Numbers to Assess Poverty

Beginning next year, Indiana will no longer use the data collected from free and reduced price meals to assess poverty in school districts. Instead, the state will now rely on data from the textbook assistance program. The reason for the change stems from a loss in confidence in the numbers gathered by the free and reduced price program. Information on the story can be found here and here.


Reports, Webinars, and Events

CDC Report Highlights State and Local Successes in Increasing Fruit and Vegetable Consumption

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables 2013 provides national and state-level data on how many fruits and vegetables (F&V) adults and adolescents are eating, and highlights steps states and communities are taking to make it easier for everyone to access F&V.

This latest report found U.S. youth and adults consume F&V below levels recommended under the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Encouraging news, however, is that:

  • 28 states now have farm-to-school or -preschool policies that help guarantee students have healthy meals and nutrition education during the school day.
  • In half of all states, more than one-third of middle and high schools that offer foods at school celebrations include fruits and vegetables.
  • 20 states have created state-level food policy councils—coalitions of private and public partners working together to improve access to healthy food.

To view the report, and find out about innovative state and local efforts to increase F&V access and consumption, visit www.cdc.gov/nutrition/professionals/data/index.html.

Webinar on Community Eligibility Option – June 5, 2013

Tomorrow, June 5th, at 2:00 pm ET, the School Nutrition Foundation, in partnership with the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), will host a FREE webinar, "Making Universal Meals a Reality through the Community Eligibility Option.” Learn about the Community Eligibility Option (CEO), the newest federal option to provide all meals at no charge in high poverty schools without the need for school meals applications. CEO will be available in the 2013-14 school year in 11 states—DC, FL, GA, IL, KY, MA, MD, MI, NY, OH, WV—and will be available nationwide starting July 2014. Schools that have implemented it have found that participation increases while paperwork decreases, and that revenues often increase as well. To register for the webinar, click here.

Team Nutrition Releases Updated Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program

The Nutrition & Wellness Tips for Young Children handbook, a joint effort from USDA's Team Nutrition and the Department of Health and Human Services, helps child care providers create healthier environments for the 2 through 5 year-old children in their care. Along with the nutrition, physical activity and screen time tip sheets, the handbook's supplements cover additional important topics: choking prevention and food allergies. Supplement B, "Care for Children With Food Allergies," is even more comprehensive in this newly revised version and is a vital tool for all child care facilities. The helpful "Resources" section of the handbook has also been updated and expanded. The handbook is available for download from Team Nutrition’s Resource Library at here.

Opportunity to Submit Nominations for Nutrients of Interest for Dietary Reference Intake Reviews

The US and Canadian governments are offering the opportunity to nominate nutrients for which Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) values may need to be reviewed. These will be considered by the Federal DRI Committees of both countries as they undertake the task of prioritizing nutrients for future review. Nomination requirements will be specified on the Dietary Reference Intakes web page, available at www.health.gov/DRI. The nomination consists of a cover letter and a literature search. The DRI Committees will accept nominations for consideration through 11:59 pm EDT on July 31, 2013.


SNA Executive Team Events and Regional Meetings

June 3-5, 2013, North Dakota State Conference, Fargo, ND
June 6-7, 2013, CEO Symposium, American Society of Association Executives, Washington, D.C.
June 5-7, 2013, New Mexico State Conference, Albuquerque, NM
June 9-14, 2013, Tennessee State Conference, Gatlinburg, TN
June 11-12, 2013, Iowa State Conference, Ames, IA
June 11-13, 2013, Louisiana State Conference, New Orleans, LA
June 11-13, 2013, Ohio State Conference, Sandusky, OH
June 16-19, 2013, Texas State Conference, Houston, TX
June 17-19, 2013, Kentucky State Conference, Lexington, KY
June 18-20, 2013, Colorado State Conference, Denver, CO
June 18-20, 2013, Montana State Conference, Billings, MT
June 18-21, 2013, Utah State Conference, St. George, UT
June 18-21, 2013, North Carolina State Conference, Greensboro, NC
June 23-26, 2013, Wisconsin State Conference, LaCrosse, WI
June 24-26, 2013, Nebraska State Conference, South Sioux City, NE
June 26-28, 2013, Illinois State Conference, Tinley Park, IL
June 27-28, 2013, Connecticut State Conference, Farmington, CT


 
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