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June 18, 2013

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

Competitive Foods Update
School Meals Language Included in the Committee Report for the House Agriculture Appropriations Committee
SNA Signs On to Letter of Support for FIT Kids
New Funding Available: American Heart Association and RWJF Voices for Healthy Kids
2015 Dietary Guidelines Update
Summer Foods Kick Off!
FDA Requests Nominations for Voting Members on the Food Advisory Committee
SNA and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation Creating Breakfast Materials
Action Alert for Proposed Legislation in Senate and House

State Policy

Governor Perry Signs Texas Breakfast Bill into Law
Virginia Schools Alters Lunch Service
Ohio Launches Interactive Summer Feeding Website
Charlotte, North Carolina to Offer Universal Breakfast
Georgia County to Provide Universal Free Meals in SY2013-2014

Reports, Webinars, and Events

RWJF Research: Consumers Want Menu Labeling
June 19, 2013 – Webinar on “Healthy Schools: The Role of Parents in Promoting Healthy School Environments”
Opportunity to Submit Nominations for Nutrients of Interest for Dietary Reference Intake Reviews

Upcoming Meetings and Events


Federal Policy

Competitive Foods Update

The proposed rule has been sent to the Office of Management and Budget, indicating the next step in rulemaking. This proposed rule would codify the two provisions of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (Pub. L. 111-296; the Act) under 7 CFR parts 210 and 220. Section 203 requires schools participating in the National School Lunch Program to make available to children free of charge, as nutritionally appropriate, potable water for consumption in the place where meals are served during meal service. Section 208 requires the Secretary to promulgate proposed regulations to establish science-based nutrition standards for all foods sold in schools not later than December 13, 2011. The nutrition standards would apply to all food sold outside the school meal programs, on the school campus, and at any time during the school day. The Congressional Budget Office determined these provisions would incur no Federal cost and that the provisions in this proposed rulemaking would result in better nutrition for all school children. To read more, visit this link.

School Meals Language Included in the Committee Report for the House Agriculture Appropriations Committee

Committee reports are important, as Members of Congress and their staff look to the Report as guidance and instruction on various aspects of legislation. It also alerts the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), in this instance, to do the same. Here is an excerpt from the report language below. To view the full The Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee Report, click here.

School Meals: The Committee is concerned about the challenges and costs that local schools face in implementing the school meals final rule. While schools are still working to implement these nutrition standards for lunch, they also must begin implementing these standards for breakfast in the 2013-14 school year. In addition, USDA recently proposed more regulations on schools. Before USDA can begin implementing the requirements for the School Breakfast Program and the proposed rule on nutrition standards for all foods sold in school, USDA is directed to receive notification from each local school participating in the program that it can implement the final rule on nutrition standards in a workable and cost-neutral manner. While the Committee appreciates the flexibility USDA has provided to schools regarding the grain and protein requirements for school year 2013-2014, schools will still need certainty into the future. USDA is encouraged to extend this flexibility and provide schools with a long-term policy by September 1, 2013, to assist them with planning and procurement for future school years. As schools seek to implement the new school meal standards, the Committee encourages USDA to consider ways to assist schools with technical assistance and training to provide healthful, cost-effective foods that students will eat.

SNA Signs On to Letter of Support for FIT Kids

Along with a number of allied groups, SNA signed on to a letter to Senator Harkin, Chairman of the Senate, Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee in support of his introducing of the FIT Kids Act.

The undersigned organizations thank you for introducing the Fitness Integrated with Teaching Kids (FIT Kids) Act. This bill will help our children obtain a much needed head start on a healthy life by providing regular, quality physical education.

Click here for the current state of the letter, though there will be more names added through June 21, 2013.

New Funding Available: American Heart Association and RWJF Voices for Healthy Kids

The American Heart Association (AHA) together with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) are working to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic in the United States by 2015 and to decrease racial, ethnic, and income disparities in prevalence. Through the Voices for Healthy Kids’ Strategic Campaign Fund, the AHA is targeting the following six state, local and tribal advocacy priorities:

  • Reduce access to unhealthy competitive foods in schools
  • Reduce unhealthy beverage consumption using pricing (dis)incentives
  • Increase incentives and demand for strengthening industry self-regulation and government regulation of food marketing to kids
  • Increase the number of healthy food retail outlets receiving funding from food financing initiatives in underserved communities
  • Increase the use of joint use agreements and street-scale improvement in underserved communities
  • Improve physical activity standards in out-of-school/out-of-class time in underserved communities

Applications must be specific to an individual campaign for public policy change in one state, local, or tribal geographic location. Voices for Healthy Kids is allocating six awards up to a maximum of $90,000 per award for a period of one year with potential renewal. More information is available at www.heart.org/obesityfund, and a pre-application consultation is required prior to applying.

2015 Dietary Guidelines Update

On June 13-14, 2013, the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Committee (DGAC) held its first meeting at the National Institutes of Health. USDA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) representatives opened the meeting by overviewing the DGAC’s responsibilities tasked to them and the importance of the Dietary Guidelines in program implementation to their respective agencies including Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Programs (SNAP), Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and School Lunch Program, among other programs.

The DGAC is comprised of 15 nationally recognized experts charged to emphasize the development of food-based recommendations that are of public health importance to Americans from ages two and above. For more information on the committee members, visit www.dietaryguidelines.gov. To review the OFW memo with details from the meeting, click here.

Summer Foods Kick Off!

With school out, food is still available at a USDA Summer Meal site. The Summer Meal Program provides children with a safe place to go in the summer when school is out where they can get free, nutritious meals. Many of these sites also have organized activities that can keep children busy and make sure they are ready to learn when they return to school in the fall. For more information about a site near you, visit www.whyhunger.com/findfood.

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 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 USDA's 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., next month.

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

Governor Perry Signs Texas Breakfast Bill into Law

Last week, the Governor of Texas signed into law Senate Bill 376. Schools with more than 80% of their students eligible for free or reduced meals must now also provide free breakfasts. It is expected that this measure will help feed another 700,000 kids throughout the state. Also mentioned in the article was how some legislators would like to push legislation to expand access to summer feeding programs. To learn more, visit this link.

Virginia Schools Alters Lunch Service

Schools in Lynchburg, Va., will be dramatically altering how they provide lunch next year in middle and high schools. They will eliminate pre-wrapped items and instead switch to self-serve buffet lines which were welcomed in test schools. Meal prices also will increase next school year. Lunch prices will increase by 25 cents and breakfast prices by 10 cents. To learn more, visit this link.

Ohio Launches Interactive Summer Feeding Website

Along with Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), the Ohio Dept. of Education has launched an interactive summer feeding site which details locations, times, and other information for interested students and families. The state has increased the number of sites to 1,200 and there is current legislation to further expand the program. To learn more, visit this link.

Charlotte, North Carolina to Offer Universal Breakfast

The Charlotte School Board recently voted to provide universal free breakfast in all schools next year. While there were some concerns over payment, the vote passed 7-1. It is expected over 145,000 students will participate in the program, up from 30,000 this school year. To learn more, visit this link.

Georgia County to Provide Universal Free Meals in SY2013-2014

Students in Dougherty County, Ga., will have access to free breakfast and free lunch beginning next year. The School Board Members unanimously voted to become part of the Community Eligibility Option program that provides the food regardless of financial need. Currently, 55% of students qualify for either free or reduced meals, but the school system wanted to expand the option to incorporate students who may not partake but are in need. To learn more, visit this link.


Reports, Webinars, and Events

RWJF Research: Consumers Want Menu Labeling

As the Food and Drug Administration works to finalize national menu labeling regulations, a new research review from Healthy Eating Research shows most consumers want menu labeling at the point of purchase in restaurants and cafeterias. Other show, customers notice menu labels at the point of purchase, and those labels increase their awareness of nutritional information and the impact of menu labeling may be greater among women and on higher-calorie items. In addition to the research review, two new RWJF-supported studies received national media attention: The first study shows that when people eat fast food, they consume more calories than they realize; the second study shows that menu labels can help people choose lower-calorie options. To learn more about the latest menu labeling research, visit this link.

June 19, 2013 – Webinar on “Healthy Schools: The Role of Parents in Promoting Healthy School Environments”

Parents can play a significant role in supporting their children’s health and ability to learn. Yet schools often struggle to make a positive connection with parents and fail to create opportunities for sustained parent engagement. Successful parent engagement programs establish effective relationships between school personnel and parents that reinforce children’s health and learning and cut across multiple settings—at home, in school, and in the community.

On June 19, 2013, 11:00 am-12:00 pm CDT, join the Healthy Schools Campaign for this informative webinar and discussion about parent engagement around school health. Hear from a community partner, a school district and a school principal about the different strategies for engaging parents in school health. To register for the webinar, visit this link.

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.


Upcoming Meetings and Events

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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