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June 3, 2008

 

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SNA Releases Recommended School Nutrition Standards
Register for ANC Pre-Conference Sessions!
USDA Announces Purchase of Lamb for School Nutrition Programs
School Board Publication Focuses on School Nutrition
Childhood Obesity Rates Level Off
Research Shows No Link Between Fruit Juice Consumption and Obesity
Save the Date: Upcoming Southeast Regional Farm to School Conference

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SNA Releases Recommended School Nutrition Standards

Since the 2005-2006 school year, the School Nutrition Association (SNA) has engaged in a dialogue with school nutrition directors, state agency personnel, school food industry members, USDA officials and allied organizations on the need for uniform national school nutrition standards that would address school meals and foods and beverages sold outside of school meals. A series of open town hall discussions, mega issue discussions and an open comment period on proposed standards culminating in an SNA National Nutrition Standards Summit held in January 2008 provided key input from all sections of SNA membership as well as other interested individuals. The feedback process directed the Association toward seeking a set of science-based, practical school food and beverage standards. Throughout this process SNA’s goals have remained the same:

  • National school nutrition standards. USDA should set and enforce one set of uniform national nutrition standards for reimbursable school meals that are consistent with the goals of the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
  • Expansion of the time and place rule. Congress should give USDA the authority to set national nutrition standards for foods and beverages available outside of the school meal programs anywhere on school campus during the school day including those items sold through vending machines, a la carte lines, fundraisers and other school venues.

To further these goals, in spring 2007, SNA's Board of Directors established the SNA National School Food and Beverage Standards Task Force to develop a set of nutrition standard recommendations for both reimbursable meals and foods and beverages sold or served outside of reimbursable meals. The Task Force of 10 included SNA members that are school nutrition directors and state agency directors, as well as SNA industry members and non-members who are academic experts in the nutrition field. The Task Force met on several occasions over 12 months under the leadership of SNA President-Elect Katie Wilson, PhD, SNS. Please visit Related Links to view a copy of the recommended standards.

Register for ANC Pre-Conference Sessions!

ancphillytwoBe sure to register for one of several exciting pre-conference sessions during ANC 2008!  The pre-conference sessions provide an in depth look at specific areas of school nutrition.  Some conference sessions that might be of interest include:

  • Do Your Students Love Whole Grains Yet? This interactive, fun presentation will provide participants with an overview of research and concrete tools to make whole grain products available in school nutrition programs.  Panelists include two school nutrition directors, a leading researcher, and industry experts.
  • The Cost of Change: Translating Research into Practice – Expert panelists will address challenges in funding healthier items in light of today's rising costs and discuss successful and financially feasible approaches to making changes.

Preserving History – Panelists from the National Food Service Management Institute will show attendees how to preserve the history of their local and state school nutrition programs.

Space is limited, so register for these sessions today!  All sessions take place on Saturday, July 19 during SNA’s 2008 Annual National Conference in Philadelphia, Penn.  The cost of each session is $75 and participants receive 4 CEUs for each session. For additional information or to register, please visit Related Links.

USDA Announces Purchase of Lamb for School Nutrition Programs

On May 27, 2008, Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer announced USDA's plan to purchase up to $2 million of lamb which will be donated to child nutrition and other domestic food assistance programs. The USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) purchases a variety of high-quality food products each year for distribution by USDA's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) for the national school lunch program, the school breakfast program, the summer food service program, the food distribution program on Indian reservations, the nutrition program for the elderly, the commodity supplemental food program and the emergency food assistance program. USDA also makes emergency purchases of commodities for distribution to victims of natural disasters. For additional information, please see Related Links.

School Board Publication Focuses on School Nutrition

asbjThe June issue of the American School Board Journal, published by the National School Boards Association, centers on school nutrition, with three feature articles on the management and oversight of school food operations. Among those offering their expertise and perspective in the articles are SNA President-elect Katie Wilson, PhD, SNS, as well as SNA Past President Gertrude Applebaum. The relevant articles in the issue are as follows:

  • "Managing Your School Food Service Program," by Naomi Dillon, emphasizes the challenges in maintaining financial self-sufficiency for school nutrition programs in an environment of increasing costs.
  • "Should You Outsource Your Food Service Program?" by Joetta Sack-Min, examines the decision-making process for school boards considering whether to privatize food service management.
  • "Children's Nutrition Is a Governance Issue," by David Tokofsky, argues that child nutrition programs are valuable and deserve the attention of local school boards.

See Related Links to access all three articles online.

Childhood Obesity Rates Level Off

A report in the June issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that childhood obesity rates did not rise for the first time in about two decades.  The study estimated the prevalence of three measures of high body mass index (BMI) for age and examined recent trends for US children and adolescents using national data.

No statistically significant differences in the prevalence of high BMI for age were found between estimates for 2003-2004 and 2005-2006, therefore data for the 4 years were combined to provide more stable estimates for the most recent time period. Overall, in 2003-2006, 11.3% of children and adolescents aged 2 through 19 years were at or above the 97th percentile of the 2000 BMI-for-age growth charts, 16.3% were at or above the 95th percentile, and 31.9% were at or above the 85th percentile. Prevalence estimates varied by age and by racial/ethnic group. Analyses of the trends in high BMI for age showed no statistically significant trend over the 4 time periods (1999-2000, 2001-2002, 2003-2004, and 2005-2006) for either boys or girls.

The prevalence of high BMI for age among children and adolescents did not show an increase between 2003-2004 and 2005-2006 and no significant trends up or down between 1999 and 2006. It is not clear from the data if the leveling off in childhood weight gain is permanent or if it is the result of public efforts to promote a healthy childhood weight in schools. A release on the results can be accessed through Related Links.

Research Shows No Link Between Fruit Juice Consumption and Obesity

Researchers at Louisiana State University and Baylor College of Medicine recently released a research review that states there is no correlation between consumption of 100% fruit juice and increased weight in children and adolescents.  The researchers reviewed 21 studies that examined the link between fruit juice consumption and overweight.  Only six of the studies found any link between fruit juice consumption and overweight.  According to the researchers, each of the six studies contained significant design flaws.  In the concluding recommendations, the researchers state that it is critical for parents to understand the importance of selecting 100% fruit juice as a beverage over other fruit drinks and beverages.  The researchers also argue that it is alright for children to consume moderate amounts of fruit juice, as it may help children meet the current recommendation for fruit. For more information, please visit Related Links.

Save the Date: Upcoming Southeast Regional Farm to School Conference

The National Farm to School Network is hosting a conference on farm to school projects in the southeast.  School nutrition directors that live in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee are invited to attend the July 17, 2008 conference in Asheville, NC.  Panelists will discuss a variety of topics, including distribution, connecting farms to schools, and school nutrition directors’ perspectives. For additional information, including registration forms, please visit Related Links.

SNA Legislative Action Center

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State Policy Index

State and Federal Legislation

State legislation can now be accessed on the Internet through Netscan. Use Username: schoolnutrition and Password: sna

Click State Legislation Instructions for steps to access state legislation through the service. Legislatures currently in session include: Arizona, California, Delaware, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Wisconsin, and District of Columbia

2007 - 2008 Public Policy and Legislative Committee Contacts

Craig Weidel

PPL Committee Chair

clweidel@mpsaz.org

Cindy Brooks

Northeast Region

CBrooks@seymourschools.org

Sara Gasiorowski

Mideast Region

Sara.Gasiorowski@wayne.k12.in.us

Annette Bomar Hopgood

Southeast Region

awhopgood@bellsouth.net

Cindy Hormel

Midwest Region

chormel@liberty.k12.mo.us

Melanie Konarik

Southwest Region

melaniek@springisd.org 

Lyman Graham,

West Region

lyman.graham@carlsbad.k12.nm.us

Lincoln Pierce

Northwest Region

lpierce@bethelsd.org

School Nutrition Association

Child Nutrition and Policy Center

epeterson@schoolnutrition.org 


 
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