This week School Nutrition Association (SNA) President Sandra Ford, SNS, wrote to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce urging immediate action on H.R. 1303, the School Nutrition Flexibility Act. The bill, which now has over 35 cosponsors, would permanently eliminate the weekly grain and protein maximums while maintaining the calorie maximums in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. Click here to read the letter.
SNA called on influential industry partners and allied organizations to support the effort. On Wednesday, May 29, the Association hosted its first of four “Industry Summits,” bringing together representatives of SNA member school foodservice companies and allied groups. Nearly 30 federal government relations experts gathered to discuss strategies for advancing legislative priorities for the school nutrition community. SNA shared President Ford’s letter with attendees and encouraged their organizations to send similar letters to Capitol Hill. The group is also seeking joint meetings with congressional leaders to press for legislative action.
SNA is also leading a grassroots effort to overturn the grain/protein maximums. The Association continues to urge all members to contact their Senators and Members of Congress to ask them to cosponsor H.R. 1303 and the Senate companion bill, S. 427. If you have not already done so, please click here for SNA’s action alert.
The Institute of Medicine recently released a consensus report titled: “Sodium Intake in Populations: Assessment of Evidence.” Evidence has shown that reducing sodium intake reduces blood pressure and the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Some recent research, however, suggests that sodium intakes that are low may also increase health risks – particularly in certain groups. The IOM concluded that there’s no good evidence that eating very low levels, below the 2,300 milligrams a day that the government recommends for the general population, has benefit even though national guidelines urge that certain high-risk patients do just that. Some advocacy groups like the American Heart Association and Center for Science in the Public interest are still in favor of lowering the recommendation.
Click here to download the IOM report. Click here to read a Washington Post article on the topic.
On Friday, May 3rd, to kick off School Nutrition Employee Week, SNA joined Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author and illustrator of the popular LUNCH LADY graphic novel series, and Random House Children’s Books to host School Lunch Superhero Day.
Across the country, schools recognized the passionate professionals who feed 31 million students every day. SNA followed the fun online, posting photos and reports from schools nationwide at www.facebook.com/SchoolNutritionAssociation; www.facebook.com/TrayTalk and on Twitter @schoollunch.
Krosoczka celebrated the day at his alma mater, Gates Lane Elementary School in Worcester, Massachusetts, leading students and faculty in honoring the school nutrition staff. SNA was there to capture the moment and produce these inspiring videos:
This July, Krosoczka will join SNA members at ANC Kansas City and serve as one of SNA’s exciting General Session speakers. We hope you’ll join us in the Heart of the Nation! And don’t forget to start planning for next year’s School Lunch Superhero Day celebration - creative ideas, downloads and details are available at www.SchoolLunchSuperheroDay.com.
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