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July 15, 2008

 

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Get Ready for ANC 2008!
SNA President-Elect Dr. Katie Wilson Testifies on Food Costs
Wilson Presents SNA Recommended Standards at IOM Meeting
USDA Holds Reauthorization Listening Session in Texas
SNA Sets New Public Awareness Record
FDA Rules High Fructose Corn Syrup Can Be Natural
State Legislative Update
American Academy of Pediatrics Releases New Milk Guidelines
Group Calls for Removal of Processed Meat from School Lunches
Good Nutrition Linked to Better Test Scores

 

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Get Ready for ANC 2008!

ANC 2008 is only 5 days away!  In addition to our exciting schedule of over 90 education sessions and keynote speakers, ANC 2008 features 6 Culinary Demonstrations featuring innovative menu items and culinary techniques presented by expert chefs, SNA's Child Nutrition Showcase highlighting applied research in school nutrition operations, and Membership Section Meetings that include timely topics presented by leading speakers following by discussion of current priorities. Review descriptions in the onsite program guide for complete information!

 

SNA President Elect Dr. Katie Wilson Testifies on Food Costs

During the Wednesday, July 9, 2008 hearing of the House Education and Labor Committee, "The Rising Cost of Food and It's Impact on the School Nutrition Programs," SNA President-Elect Dr. Katie Wilson testified that rising food costs are just one of the factors that are driving up the cost to prepare and serve healthy school meals. Indirect costs charged by school districts to school nutrition programs, the higher cost of whole grains and fresh fruits and vegetables, and costs associated with the lack of uniformity in school nutrition standards between districts and states have combined with rising food, fuel and labor costs to result in the estimated 11.6% increase in the cost of preparing and serving nutritious meals that schools have witnessed this year.

SNA member Pavel Matustik, Chief Administrative Officer of Santa Clarita Valley School Food Services Agency also testified at the hearing, along with representatives from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service and the USDA Economic Research Service. See Related Links to access the full testimony presented at the hearing.

SNA President Elect Dr. Katie Wilson Testifies on Food Costs

Hearing Web Cast

Food Costs Drive Up School Meal Prices – U.S. News and World Report

Schools Hit by Rising Food Costs – CBS MarketWatch

Schools Say Price of Meals Will Rise – Des Moines Register

School Lunch Programs Hit Hard by Food Prices – Associated Press

 

Wilson Presents SNA Recommended Standards at IOM Meeting

SNA President-Elect Dr. Katie Wilson presented the SNA National School Nutrition Standards before the Institute of Medicine (IOM) on Wednesday, July 9, 2008.  Wilson presented the recommendations during an open meeting of the Committee on National Standards for the School Lunch and Breakfast Programs.

Wilson stated that SNA would like the recommended meal pattern requirements to be simple, practical, and cost effective to implement.  The recommended meal pattern requirements need to adhere to the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.  A significant amount of flexibility is also needed in order to meet the needs of all students. 

Other presenters at the IOM committee meeting included representatives from organizations such the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, the Food Research and Action Center, and the National PTA.  State agency directors from North Carolina, Texas, and West Virginia presented on their experiences in implementing their own state school nutrition standards.  Several representatives from major food companies, including Con Agra, Pierre Foods, General Mills, and the Schwan's Food Company, also provided comments. For additional information on the meeting, please visit Related Links.

Wilson Presents SNA’s Recommendations for National Nutrition Standards at IOM

 

USDA Holds Reauthorization Listening Session in Texas

Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is holding a Child Nutrition Reauthorization listening session in Austin, Texas at the Lady Bird Johnson Wild Flower Center.  Jody Houston, school nutrition director for the Corpus Christi, Texas Independent School District, will present remarks on behalf of SNA. 

USDA will be hosting several more listening sessions through September.  The next two sessions will be held in Baltimore, Md. and San Francisco, Calif. on Wednesday, August 6, 2008.  All SNA members are strongly encouraged to attend.  For more information about attending the sessions, please see Related Links.

2009 Child Reauthorization

USDA CN Reauthorization Listening Session 

 

SNA Sets New Public Awareness Record

From ABC World News and the front page of the Washington Post to the NBC Today Show and CNN/Money: the second quarter of 2008 saw a record number of media impressions for the School Nutrition Association. On a quarterly basis, SNA is reporting on its continued efforts to promote healthy school meals and the work of school nutrition professionals to provide balanced, nutritious meals to students in school.

From April to the end of June we saw the challenge of adequate funding and rising food costs dominate SNA media relations efforts. Additional topics included food safety of beef and tomatoes, global child nutrition month, summer feeding, regional award winners, automated payment systems and more.  SNA received an average of 7 calls from reporters per week this quarter – up from 5 last quarter. Additionally, over 100 proactive pitches to media outlets were made during the quarter.  SNA public affairs staff, SNA’s public relations firm and the over 40 members of the SNA Spokesperson Network conveyed key Association messages to an estimated audience of over 21 million people. This represents an increase from 16 million during the second quarter of last year, and record media coverage for one quarter for SNA. So far in 2008 SNA has reached an audience of over 30 million. For additional information, please see Related Links.

SNA Sets New Public Awareness Record

 

FDA Rules High Fructose Corn Syrup Can Be Natural

The Food and Drug Administration recently issued a statement declaring that high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) can be considered natural if it is prepared using a certain process.  In a July 3, 2008 letter sent to the Corn Refiners Association, the FDA stated that a certain process used by the Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Co. does not add any artificial or synthetic ingredients to the corn syrup, therefore allowing the final product to be considered “natural.” 

 FDA: HFCS Can be Natural Under Certain Process

 

State Legislative Update

Last week, New York Governor David Paterson (D) signed into law a bill requiring the state commissioner of education to evaluate how schools determine eligibility for students for free or reduced price.  The commission is required to use the evaluations to simplify student access to school meals and seek ways to eliminate overt identification of free and reduced price eligible students.  The legislation is effective immediately.

 

American Academy of Pediatrics Releases New Milk Guidelines

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released new milk consumption guidelines for children under 2 years of age.  The new guidelines recommend that parents should consider low-fat dairy products, such as 2% milk for children at risk for obesity or with a family history of heart disease.  The previous AAP guidelines recommended whole milk for most children. The AAP also released new recommendations last week for cholesterol screening in children with a family history of high cholesterol or heart disease. The new guidelines recommend that children as young as 2 years old be screened for high cholesterol. For more information on these recommendations, please see Related Links.

Lipid Screening and Cardiovascular Health in Childhood

 

Group Calls for Removal of Processed Meat from School Lunches

The Cancer Project, an affiliate of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), is calling on the USDA to ban processed meats from the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program.  The group claims that processed meats, such as hot dogs and sausage, increase the chances of developing certain cancers later in life.  The Cancer Project bases their claim on a report from the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund. The Cancer Project is running commercials on Austin, Texas television stations prior to the USDA Reauthorization listening session on Tuesday, July 15, 2008.  The groups sponsor, PCRM, is an advocacy organization that promotes plant-based diets and alternatives to animal research.

 

Good Nutrition Linked to Better Test Scores

Adults who scored high on intelligence tests tended to have better nutrition in early childhood, regardless of education level cites a new study from researchers at Emory University.  Between 1969 and 1977, children from four Guatemalan villages participated in a clinical nutrition trial.  One group of children were given atole, a protein-rich enhanced nutrition supplement, while one group of children were given fresco, a sugar sweetened beverage.  Between 2002 and 2004, data was analyzed from intellectual testing and interviews conducted among the surviving participants.  The researchers found that adults exposed the nutrient rich supplement scored better on intellectual tests than their counterparts who were not.  This finding remained constant even when the researchers controlled for other factors, such as years of schooling. For additional information, please visit Related Links.

Early-life Nutrition May Be Associated with Adult Intellectual Functioning

 

SNA Legislative Action Center

Legislative Toolkit

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State and Federal Legislation

PPL Committee

 

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:  California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and District of Columbia

 

 

 

 


 
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