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  • 👉 An Update from the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Academy

    July 2020

    “To more effectively address this important work and to support the Black Lives Matter Movement, the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and the Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Planning Task Force are diligently leading the efforts to make sure everyone's voice is heard, and they have the full support of the Academy’s Board. The Committee's initial recommendations to the Board include:

    1. Develop 30/60/90/120-day action plans for Board approval that include goals, anticipated outcomes, time frame, audience and listeners
    2. Design and conduct diversity and inclusion-focused engagement forums to listen and learn from our various stakeholders with outreach questions, rules of civility and a robust feedback delivery format

    Continue Reading...

  • ✍ Keep up the productive quarantining with free CPEs!

    July 2020

    The Academy's CPE On-Demand program provides FREE self-study modules highlighting new research, consumer trends, and science-based topics. Sign Up Here.

  • #FNCE 2020 is going virtual and will be held October 17 to 20!

    July 2020

    This decision was made to keep attendees, presenters, exhibitors, and staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn More! #eatrightPRO

  • Educate Yourself! Resources for a Stronger Allyship

    July 2020

    📚 Books to Read

    1. How to Be an Anti-Racist – Ibram X. Kendi
    2. White Fragility - Robin Diangelo
    3. The New Jim Crow – Michelle Alexander
    4. Between The World And Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
    5. The Autobiography of Malcom X - Alex Haley and Malcom X
    6. Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners: Books For Children And Young Adults
    7. Children's Books To Support Conversations On Race, Racism And Resistance
    8. Citizen – Claudia Rankine

    🧏 Listen

    1. Code Switch (NPR)
    2. 1619 (New York Times)
    3. About Race
    4. Parenting Forward Podcast Episode
    5. 'Five Pandemic Parenting Lessons With Cindy Wang Brandt'
    6. Fare Of The Free Child Podcast
    7. About Race
    8. Intersectionality Matters! Hosted By Kimberlé Crenshaw
    9. Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast


    📰 Read

    1. The Death of George Floyd in Context
    2. I was the Mayor of Minneapolis and I know Our Cops, Have a Problem - R. T. Rybak
    3. The 1619 Project
    4. For Our White Friends Desiring To Be Allies
    5. How to Make this Moment the Turning Point for Real Change - Barack Obama
    6. Pbs's Teaching Your Child About Black History Month
    7. Your Kids Aren't Too Young To Talk About Race: Resource Roundup From Pretty Good
    8. Detour-Spotting
    9. Why It's Not Enough To Admit When You're Being Racist: "Challenge Those Racist Ideas"

    📺 Watch

    1. The 13th
    2. When They See Us (Ava Duvernay) - Netflix
    3. I Am Not Your Negro
    4. Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Movement, Roots
    5. The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) - Hulu With Cinemax
    6. Black Feminism & The Movement For Black Lives: Barbara Smith
    7. Reina Gossett
    8. Charlene Carruthers (50:48)
    9. See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol) - Netflix
    10. Selma (Ava Duvernay) - Available To Rent
    11. The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution - Available To Rent

    📲 Follow

    The Conscious Kid: follow them on Instagram and consider signing up for their Patreon

    🧑 💻 Interact

    Talking About Race Web Portal by The National Museum of African American History & Culture

  • 👟 Gyms are closed and many of you may be taking your exercise routines outdoors

    June 2020

    Appetites may increase and the good news is, snacks can be a nutritious part of a runner’s eating plan.

    In honor of #NationalRunningDay, try these ideas.

  • Manage Stress During COVID-19

    June 2020

    During the #COVID19 outbreak, learn how to manage stress in healthful ways and cope with isolation. #eatright

  • COVID-19 Update

    June 2020

    Get more science-based information about supporting health with good nutrition and other important tips to keep your family safe during the COVID-19 pandemic from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

  • 👉 Nutrition and dietetics students: Looking for ways to get involved with the Academy?

    June 2020

    Apply to be a student liaison!

    Learn about this volunteer role!

    #eatrightPRO #futureRDN

  • ◆ Nominate yourself or a colleague for the SNS DPG Award of Excellence!

    June 2020

    All nominations are due July 1 and can be submitted here.

  • 💻 FREE webinar: Opportunities and Challenges in Providing School Meals in the Wake of COVID-19

    May 2020

    Date: May 19
    Time: 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. (CDT)

    This free webinar is available to members and nonmembers through the generosity of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation. Our Foundation needs your help now more than ever — please donate today.

    RDNs and NDTRs are working hard with other school nutrition professionals to provide school meals to children in their local communities while our nation continues to deal with  an unprecedented public health emergency.

    State agency leadership from three states will provide an overview of the progression of USDA policy changes requested from the state agencies to support local districts in receiving necessary flexibilities to successfully provide meals during COVID-19.

    The future of school meals will be impacted by COVID-19 requiring RDNs and NDTRs to understand how to advocate and support the national school meal program moving forward. An Academy advocacy representative will provide information on the latest updates and answer questions associated with school meals.

    Planned with the School Nutrition Services DPG

    Register Here

  • 👉 May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month!

    May 2020

    Visit the links below to celebrate and learn with your family while #stayingathome

    PBS.org
    AsianPacificHeritage.gov

  • ⌛ Last call for latebreaking FNCE® abstracts!

    May 2020

    Interested in submitting a late-breaking abstract for #FNCE? Review the criteria and submit a
    proposal by May 30.

  • 🍎 June 30th Deadline to renew Academy membership!

    May 2020

    The deadline to renew your Academy membership is approaching! Take a few minutes to renew today.

  • 🎉 Congratulations to our SNS DPG Policy & Advocacy Leader, Jeanne Reilly, NDTR

    May 2020

    Jeanne Reilly, NDTR, has been named Maine’s Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Recognized Dietetic Technician of the Year!

  • Member Poll

    May 2020

    We want to hear from you! 💬

    As we plan for next school year, what would you like to know more about to strengthen your school nutrition program? We will spotlight a member with insight on the topic of your choice!

    1. Farm-To-School
    2. Summer Food Service Program
    3. Alternative Breakfast Models
    4. Menu Planning and Recipe Development
    5. Procurement
    6. Federal Review Guidance
  • The Academy’s National Honors and Awards recognize outstanding nutrition and dietetics professionals

    February 2020

    Submit nominations by March 1, 2020

  • CDR is bringing Certificate of Training: Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management to the Big Easy!

    February 2020

    Certificate of Training in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management

    Event Date: March 16-18, 2020

    Location: New Orleans, Louisiana

    Registration Deadline: March 2, 2020

    Pre-Work Deadline: 16 hours of pre-work to be completed by March 9, 2020

    This program provides 35 CPEs and the cost is $370.  

    Register today and join your fellow colleagues for this exciting opportunity!

  • USDA has announced its Team Nutrition Training Grant for School Meal Recipe Development

    February 2020

    The grant will assist states in helping schools offer meals supported by recipes that utilize local agricultural products and reflect local food preparation practices and taste preferences.

          

    ✍️Important Deadlines:

    February 21, 2020: Letter of Intent
    April 3, 2020: Application Submission

          

    Learn more about this exciting opportunity here.

  • Member Poll

    February 2020

    We want to hear from you! 💬

    As we plan for next school year, what would you like to know more about to strengthen your school nutrition program? We will spotlight a member with insight on the topic of your choice!

    1. Farm-To-School
    2. Summer Food Service Program
    3. Alternative Breakfast Models
    4. Menu Planning and Recipe Development
    5. Procurement
    6. Federal Review Guidance
  • SNS Executive Committee Slate of Candidates for 2020-2021

    January 2020

    Your SNS Nominating Committee is pleased to share the slate of candidates for office for the 2020-21 year. ⏳ Voting will begin on February 1, 2020.

    Chair-Elect

    • Jocelyn Karbo, MBA, RDN, SNS
    • Dalia Kinsey, RD, LD, SNS
    • Melissa Manning, RDN

    Secretary

    • Maria Anderson, MS, RD, SNS
    • Stacy Lofton, MS, RD, SNS

    Nominating Committee

    • Ryan Cengel, MS, MA, RD, LD, CPT, SNS
    • Anh-Tram Pham, MPH, RD

    HOD Delegate

    • Shennie Quintanilla, MS, RD, LD
    • Theresa Stretch, MS, RDN, CP-FS
  • We need your help! Let us know what you think about the new website. 👩‍💻

    January 2020

    Our Website Steering Committee wants to know what features you like, dislike, and want to know more about. The new website will serve as a hub for staying engaged and up-to-date on the latest news and events. Share your input here.

  • January is National Soup Month and the perfect time to prepare a warm bowl of soup! 🍜

    January 2020

    If you have a weakness for Panera Bread’s Broccoli Cheddar Soup, try this recipe that is packed with fiber and made with low-fat Greek yogurt. Creamy Broccoli Soup #eatright #NationalSoupMonth

  • Last Call for Award Nominations!

    December 2019

    We are seeking nominees for both national awards and our 2020 SNS DPG Award of Excellence. Please help us recognize and celebrate those who are doing great work in school nutrition. Awardees will be recognized at FNCE® 2020 in Indianapolis. Nominees must be members of the SNS DPG. Self-nominations are accepted.
          

    Nomination submission deadline: January 10, 2020


    Contact Jocelyn Karbo for any questions regarding the awards.

    Thank you for all the great work that you do every day to serve students healthy school meals!

    Submit Nominations Here!

  • Policy: H.R. 5283- The School Modernization and Efficient Access to Lunches for Students Act of 2019

    December 2019

    On December 3, 2019, Representative Marcia Fudge (DOH11) introduced the School Modernization and Efficient Access to Lunches for Students Act of 2019 or School MEALS Act of 2019 H.R. 5283. The bill provides states with funding to improve their direct certification processes and increases flexibility for school districts to implement the Community Eligibility Provision, increasing access to free school meals for vulnerable students.

    “With more than ten million children struggling with food insecurity across the country, free school meals are critical to fighting childhood hunger,” said Rep. Fudge. “I am proud to introduce the School MEALS Act to expand access to school nutrition programs that enable students to maintain a nutritious diet and stay healthy and focused in the classroom.

    Improvements to direct certification and community eligibility will help to reduce barriers that prevent eligible students from receiving the nutritious school meals they deserve.” This bill has been referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor.

  • Policy: H.R. 5308- A bill that would expand access to free meals

    December 2019

    On December 5, 2019, Representative Tim Ryan (DOH13) introduced H.R. 5308, the Expanding Access to School Meals Act. The bill expands the poverty threshold for free school lunch and breakfast eliminates the reduced-price category, expands CEP and allows States to use Medicaid and CHIP participation data to directly certify students. This bill has been referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor.

  • Updated Eatright Essentials Handouts

    December 2019

    Looking for new materials for nutrition education? The Eat Right Store just released updated and redesigned downloadable handouts containing practical tips and tools to use with clients or groups. Also included is a set of 15 handouts plus a blank page to customize with notes. Each topic-specific handout is two pages, full color and easy to read.

    Get your copies here:
    Heart-Healthy Eating Healthy Eating on a Budget

  • Slate of Candidates: 2020 National Election

    December 2019

    The Academy and the Commission on Dietetic Registration Nominating Committees are pleased to announce the slate of candidates for the 2020 national ballot, chosen from many excellent nominees. Candidates' biographical information will be available online in late December. Thanks to all who participated in the nominations process.

    Voting takes place February 1 through February 15, 2020. Learn more!

  • New Year, New Website! 🤩

    Stay tuned for the official launch of the new SNS DPG website. We will be sending out e-blasts in the upcoming months, highlighting new features and sharing tutorials so that members can easily navigate the site. The new website will serve as a hub for staying engaged and up-to-date on the latest news and events - enjoy!
  • We are seeking nominations for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Awards.

    November 2019

    This survey will take less than 5 minutes to complete and you will be contacted for additional information based on the selections you make.

    If you have any questions or concerns relating to the survey, please contact Jocelyn Karbo at jkarbo@esc11.net, SNS DPG Awards Chair.

    The deadline to submit is December 15, 2019.

  • Policy: Child Nutrition Reauthorization Resources!

    November 2019

    The Academy recently released its Child Nutrition Reauthorization policy stance and talking points. View resources here.

  • Policy: Sign Up for Child Nutrition Working Group monthly calls!

    November 2019

    Submitted by Jeanne Reilly – Policy & Advocacy Leader

    CNR working group is hosting a series of monthly calls that will discuss the Academy's stance on Child Nutrition Reauthorization legislation and updates on the bill as it progresses.

    Register for the next call on December 11th at 1:00 pm Central Time.

  • 💻 New SNS Website Coming Soon!

    August 2019

    Our DPG website is currently undergoing a complete makeover! The site will include new features for connecting with fellow SNS members, accessing tools and resources, and will serve as a hub for staying up-to-date on all things school nutritionrelated. 🙌 We’re planning to unveil the new site at FNCE®, so stay tuned!

  • Policy: School Food Modernization Act – Take Action Today!

    August 2019

    The School Food Modernization Act of 2019 (S.1949/H.R.3444) has been introduced in Congress by Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and Tina Smith (Minn.) and Reps. Mark DeSaulnier (Calif.) and Glenn Thompson (Pa.), this legislation will expand schools’ access to modern kitchen equipment and infrastructure, and strengthen workforce training.

    The National School Lunch Program turned 73 years old this year and the equipment in many of the program’s more than 95,000 schools is nearly as old. The National School Lunch Program feeds nearly 30 million children each year, with more than 4.8 billion school meals served nationwide in 2018. Our schools need optimally functioning kitchen equipment to be able to feed children nutritious meals.

    The health of adults in the future depends on the health of children today — tell Congress to support the School Food Modernization Act!

    Please contact your members of Congress to ask them to support the School Food Modernization Act. Take action today and either use the preformatted letter, or add personalization by including your own experiences.

  • Policy: Revision of Categorical Eligibility in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

    August 2019

    On July 24, 2019, USDA published a Proposed Rule to revise categorical eligibility regulations, proposing to limit the TANF-funded benefits that may convey categorical eligibility for school meals. The revisions would potentially end SNAP enrollment for an estimated 1.7 million households and as a result, end direct certification for free school meals for any students living in these households.

    This proposed revision is currently open for public comment (closing on September 23, 2019). To submit formal comment, click here!

  • 💡#eatrightPRO Looking for #RDNCPE?

    July 2019

    The Academy offers numerous educational opportunities for members! Here are some helpful resources: https://sm.eatright.org/CPEmembership.

  • 💰 Did you know there’s a payment plan option for #FNCE registration?

    July 2019

    Learn more about this flexible, affordable way to attend: https://sm.eatright.org/FNCEpayplan

  • SNS DPG Spotlight Session at FNCE® 2019

    July 2019

    “Beyond School Lunch Memes: Real-World Commonalities, Challenges and Successes”

    Social media posts of school meals generate millions of online hits – with very little understanding of real-world challenges of feeding millions of children at school. This panel of international school nutrition experts will highlight ways that food and nutrition professionals share global concerns and strategies for overcoming obstacles.

  • 📅 Save the Dates!

    July 2019

    Our DPG membership showcase at FNCE® will be held Monday, October 28 at 9:00 am-1:00pm. Stop by and say hello! Stay tuned for more details about our networking event that will also be held during FNCE®.

  • Help us submit a FNCE® 2020 Spotlight Topic!

    July 2019

    Do you have any ideas or suggestions for a FNCE® 2020 session? We would love to hear your ideas as we start working on topics that will be submitted to the Academy. Share ideas here.

  • Policy: Child Nutrition Reauthorization

    July 2019

    The Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics has convened a work group of 13 experts in child nutrition programs to determine the best path forward for Child Nutrition Reauthorization. The group is working on compiling a list of recommendations that focuses on Nutrition Education & Promotion, National School Lunch & Breakfast Programs, and Summer Meals Programs.

    During the 2019 Advocacy Summit (July 11 & 12, 2019), the Academy’s leadership charged the hill to talk about Child Nutrition Reauthorization. They shared stories from our SNS DPG members with Congressional Representatives – reinforcing the Academy’s dedication & commitment to feeding the future.

  • Policy: School Food Modernization Act

    July 2019

    The School Food Modernization Act of 2019 (S.1949/H.R.3444) has been introduced in Congress by Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and Tina Smith (Minn.) and Reps. Mark DeSaulnier (Calif.) and Glenn Thompson (Pa.), this legislation will expand schools’ access to modern kitchen equipment and infrastructure, and strengthen workforce training.

    The National School Lunch Program turned 73 years old this year and the equipment in many of the program’s more than 95,000 schools is nearly as old. Tell Congress to support the School Food Modernization Act!

    A great video about the School Food Modernization Act can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/1bTUnh3fpuU.

  • Policy: School Lunch Standards, SNAP Work Requirements Focus of Today’s House Hearing

    June 2019

    The House Education and Labor Committee's civil rights subcommittee held an oversight hearing on June 4, 2019 with Brandon Lipps, the administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service. The hearing focused on a range of issues including school nutrition standards access to school meals through the Community Eligibility Provision, access to meals during the summer and the proposal for additional work requirements for SNAP.

    During the hearing, committee member and pediatrician Representative Kim Schrier (Wash.) mentioned the important role of registered dietitian nutritionists in helping develop healthy menus for school children.

  • Policy: The Anti-Lunch Shaming Act would ban schools nationwide from the practice of publicly singling out children — such as with wrist bands or assigned chores — if they can't pay for school meals

    June 2019

    Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (RMaine), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Bob Casey (D-Penn.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) joined together to introduce legislation to prohibit school “lunch shaming” – the practice of discriminating against or stigmatizing children who have outstanding credit or don't have enough money to pay for meals at school. The Anti-Lunch Shaming Act would ban schools from singling out children — such as by requiring them to wear hand stamps or do extra chores — because their parents or guardians have not paid their school meal bills.

    The Anti-Lunch Shaming Act would prohibit schools participating in U.S. Department of Agriculture school lunch or breakfast programs from using humiliation, throwing children’s meals away, or other shaming tactics because their parents or guardians haven't paid their school meal bill. Instead, it would require schools to direct communications regarding meal debt to the parents or guardians, not the child.

    The Anti-Lunch Shaming Act would:

    • Make the process for applying for free and reducedprice lunch applications simpler by encouraging the Department of Agriculture to distribute the maximum number of applications for free or reduced-price lunches in an understandable, uniform format and encourage schools to offer assistance to complete the applications
    • Coordinate with State agencies, school food authorities, and local education agency liaisons to ensure that homeless youth and children in foster care are eligible to receive a free or reduced-price lunch; and
    • Explore innovative ways to use technology to improve communications between parents or guardians and school food authorities.

    The legislation is also cosponsored by Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD). Companion legislation has also been introduced in the House of Representatives.

  • Join us at ANC in St. Louis for the SNS DPG Networking Breakfast

    May 2019

    July 15, 2019
    6:30am-8:00am
    Title: “What is General Mills doing as a company to foster sustainability for itself and its customer?”

    Register Here

  • See you in Philadelphia!

    May 2019

    FNCE® registration opens June 11th! Reminder: Hotels book up fast. This year will be another exciting year to network with colleagues and earn CPEs.


    🗓 Pencil in our SNS DPG spotlight session “Beyond School Lunch Memes: RealWorld Commonalities, Challenges and Successes.”

  • Student Liaison Applications Open

    May 2019

    Student Liaison Apps for 2019-2020 open June 1. Are you a student or do you know a student who should become a leader in the Academy? Apply to serve as the voice and point of communication between student members and the Academy.

    Learn more here.

  • Child Nutrition Reauthorization Update

    May 2019

    In a series of Policy Memos released in April 2019, USDA FNS provided guidance on crediting several different foods, previously uncredited. In a December 2017 Request for Information, the agency sought public input about specific “high interest” foods. FNS asked whether and how these foods should credit, and looked for input on ingredients, processing methods or nutrient standards that the agency should consider. Based on the response to the December 2017 request, the following guidance has been issued for the crediting of foods including tempeh, surimi seafood, popcorn, coconut, corn masa, corn flour and pasta made with vegetable flour.

  • Action Alert Update – Say Yes to Same-Day DSMT

    May 2019

    IMPORTANT! Since the action alert for Expanding Access to Diabetes Self-Management Training opened on April 16, 2019, only ~2.75% of Academy members have taken action. A report has been added to the COI that lists the percentage of members by state who have taken action. Please support your colleagues & take action today!

    Respectfully Submitted,
    Jeanne Reilly, NDTR
    SNS DPG Policy & Advocacy Leader

  • Celebrate #EarthDay everyday with sustainable eating!

    April 2019

    Learn how you can make a big impact with these small changes: https://sm.eatright.org/sustainableeating #eatright

  • A message from Dayle Hayes, MS, RD, Electronic Communications Chair

    April 2019

    Many thanks to our MARVELOUS MARCH #SocialMedia Takeover districts 📸

    🌟 Waltham Public Schools (MA): April Liles, RD, SNS (member) and Haylee Dussault, MPH, RD

    🌟 Carrolton City Schools (GA): Linette Dodson, PhD, RD, LD, SNS, FAND (member) and Kelli Cook

    🙌 Stay tuned for AMAZING APRIL Takeovers from Loudon County Schools and Norfolk Public Schools (VA)

    🔎 SEEKING #SocialMedia takeovers for MAY and summer months

    📢 Share your successes with new audiences.

    📈 Increase your followers and support #SNSDPG42 channels.

    ✉ Contact Dayle Hayes at EatWellatSchool@gmail.com.

  • Child Nutrition Reauthorization Update

    April 2019

    Child Nutrition Reauthorization is currently a hot topic in Washington DC. On April 10, The U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry held its first hearing on CNR, entitled “Perspectives on Child Nutrition Reauthorization.” The hearing was broadcast live, and is available for viewing by following this link: "Perspectives on Child Nutrition Reauthorization."

    Child Nutrition Programs play a critical role in ensuring that students have access to nutritious meals and it is important for members of the School Nutrition Services Dietetic Practice Group to take an active role in communicating with their members of Congress, in order to maintain the nutritional integrity of the program.

    Respectfully Submitted,
    Jeanne Reilly, NDTR
    SNS DPG Policy & Advocacy Leader

  • Our SNS DPG spotlight session at FNCE 2019® was Approved! ✅

    March 2019

    “Beyond School Lunch Memes: Real-World Commonalities, Challenges and Successes”

    Social media posts of school meals generate millions of online hits – with very little understanding of real-world challenges of feeding millions of children at school. This panel of international school nutrition experts will highlight ways that food and nutrition professionals share global concerns and strategies for overcoming obstacles.

  • Happy RDN Day!

    March 2019

    The SNS DPG celebrates all of our members who have dedicated their careers and lives to making our world a healthier, happier place. Nominate a fellow dietitian or yourself to be featured in an upcoming Spoodle Report.

  • Academy Membership Renewal for 2019-2020

    March 2019

    Time to renew your membership with the Academy and stay connected with the field of nutrition and dietetics! As a member, you have access to a variety of career enhancing benefits such as the Academy’s member-only website, our dietetic practice groups (Go SNS DPG!) and member interest groups (MIGs), the Evidence Analysis Library®, Food & Nutrition Magazine® and much more.

    Renew here

  • School Nutrition Association’s Legislative Action Conference: Update

    March 2019

    In late February, school nutrition professionals, industry representatives and advocates from across the country met in Washington DC for School Nutrition Association’s annual Legislative Action Conference. On February 25, 2019, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue spoke to conference attendees to share his experiences with school meals programs. During his talk, Secretary Perdue shared about USDA’s continuing efforts to provide flexibility to help school nutrition operators better serve students, outlining several recent changes at USDA.

    Specifically, Secretary Perdue emphasized efforts since he took office in 2017 to restore local control on (school nutrition) guidelines for whole grains, sodium & milk. During his speech, he announced that the final rule achieving that goal was published in December or 2018. The final rule is outlined as follows:

    1. It will broaden the milk options in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program by allowing local operators to permanently offer flavored, low-fat milk. For consistency across nutrition programs, it will also allow flavored, low-fat milk in the Special Milk Program for Children and in the Child and Adult Care Food Program for participants ages 6 and older.
    2. This final rule will require that half of the weekly grains in the school lunch and breakfast menu be whole grain-rich, thus ending the need for the exemption process.
    3. It will provide schools in the lunch and breakfast programs more time for gradual sodium reduction by retaining Sodium Target 1 through the end of school year (SY) 2023-2024, continuing to Target 2 in SY 2024-2025, and eliminating the Final Target that would have gone into effect in SY 2022-2023.

    He also announced USDA’s final rule on hiring flexibility for school nutrition programs and State Agency staff. The USDA’s intent with this policy change would be to make hiring of qualified school nutrition professionals easier for smaller districts (less than 2499 students). You can read more about this new final rule, which is effective beginning April 30, 2019 by following above link.

    Respectfully Submitted,
    Jeanne Reilly, NDTR
    SNS DPG Policy & Advocacy Leader

  • Time to Gear Up for National Nutrition Month®!

    February 2019

    We will be looking for school nutrition professionals to share their NNM celebrations. Do you have a fellow RDN or DTR who deserves recognition on Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day?

    Complete this form if you would like to share news in the March Spoodle Report!

  • February is Black History Month

    February 2019

    It is a special month to celebrate the achievements and contributions made by African Americans, as well as a time to speak up for equality, encourage collaboration between people of all races, and appreciate the power of diversity. Districts across the country are celebrating this month by serving traditional, comforting, soul food. However, we still need to meet our nutrition standards and soul foods can be high in salt, added sugars and saturated fats. But you can embrace those special family recipes by creating healthier soul food, your way. Try these ideas from #EatRight.

  • Academy Preceptor Database

    February 2019

    Are you interested in becoming a preceptor or finding a preceptor? Upload your information to the preceptor database. Be sure to keep your profile updated, so academy members can search for you based on geographical or specialty area. Thank you for your participation, because without interns and dedicated preceptors, our profession would not exist!

  • School Nutrition Association’s Legislative Action Conference

    February 2019

    Later this month, school nutrition professionals from across the country will gather in Washington DC for School Nutrition Association’s Legislative Action Conference to advocate for school meals. Teams from every state will be attending education and general sessions, coming together to help shape federal school nutrition policy and to discuss pressing issues facing school nutrition programs.

    The School Nutrition Association’s Position Paper can be read here.

    Respectfully Submitted,
    Jeanne Reilly, NDTR
    SNS DPG Policy & Advocacy Leader