Some of the childhood obesity prevention movement’s strongest advocates are increasing pressure on Congress to protect the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act against a proposed waiver. The proposal would allow schools to delay or stop meeting the standards if they could show strain on their budgets over six months.
Just last week,
- American Heart Association (AHA) CEO Nancy Brown penned an OpEd in the Huffington Post highlighting Helen Phillips, the senior director of school nutrition for the 52 public schools in Norfolk, Virginia. Phillips is living proof that the nutrition standards are not only feasible, but they can be profitable. Philips also happens to be the former president of the School Nutrition Association (SNA), the key organization supporting the waiver in Congress. Brown writes, Philips is “‘very sad and disappointed" about the organization's about-face toward the standards.”
- The American Public Health Association issued a letter signed by more than 100 national organizations, local organizations from 34 states and the District of Columbia and dozens of individuals. The letter calls for Congress to stick to the science when it comes to children’s nutrition: “We strongly urge you to oppose efforts to intervene in science-based rules regarding the federal child nutrition programs.”
- And the former panelists from the Institute of Medicine sent a letter to Congress urging them not to backtrack on the revisions to the nutrition standards for school meals and for foods approved for purchase with vouchers in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). The 27 experts who signed the letter include research scientists—and Prevent Obesity Leaders—from national organizations, universities and hospitals.
As schools get quiet over the summer, these leaders are raising their voices in support of school nutrition. Have you been working on this issue? Let us know in the comment section below.
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