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School Meals and the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act Janey Thornton, PhD, SNS Deputy Under Secretary Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services United States.

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1 School Meals and the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act Janey Thornton, PhD, SNS Deputy Under Secretary Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services United States Department of Agriculture

2  Began in 1946 after World War II  Matter of national security  Recruits couldn’t pass military health and physical activity tests School Meals: A Historical Perspective

3 School Meal Programs

4 All of America’s children have access to safe, nutritious, and balanced meals. 4 Our Commitment

5 and Hunger Challenge of Obesity

6 2010 Dietary Guidelines and My Plate Icon

7 USDA Foods and School Nutrition 7 USDA Foods provide approximately 15-20% of the food offered in each school lunch.

8 Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act Improve access Improve schools’ nutritional environment Increase breakfast participation Expand supper offerings Professional Standards Expand summer program

9 New Meal Patterns Hot Off the Press! 9

10 Final Rule Meal Patterns Breakfast Meal PatternLunch Meal Pattern Grades K-5Grades 6-8Grades 9-12GradesK-5Grades6-8Grades9-12 Meal PatternAmount of Food Per Week (Minimum Per Day) Fruits (cups)5 (1) 2.5 (0.5) 5 (1) Vegetables (cups) (0.75) 5 (1) Dark green Red/Orange Beans/Peas- Legumes Starchy Other Additional Veg to Reach Total Grains (oz eq) i 7-10 (1)8-10 (1)9-10 (1)8-9 (1)8-10 (1)10-12 (2) Meats/Meat Alt (oz eq) (1)9-10 (1)10-12 (2) Fluid milk (cups) 5 (1) Other Specifications: Daily Amount Based on the Average for a 5-Day Week Min-max calories (kcal) Sat fat (% of total calories) < 10 Sodium (mg) < 430< 470< 500< 640< 710< 740 Trans fat Nutrition label or manufacturer specifications must indicate zero grams of trans fat per serving.

11 Fruit and Vegetable Program

12 Farm to School 12

13 Four Pillars: Helping parents make healthy family choices Serving healthier food in schools Improving access to healthy, affordable food Increasing physical activity of kids 13 Dedicated to solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation. LetsMove.gov The First Lady’s Let’s Move! Campaign

14 Recognizing Excellence in Nutrition and Physical Activity HealthierUS School Challenge 14

15 15 Chefs Move to Schools

16 Working together and sharing ideas at all levels CAN make a difference


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