The Improving Nutrition for America’s Children Act of 2010

September 24, 2010 at 7:24 pm Leave a comment

My name is James Hartrick and this is my first blog post for the OFL Detroit Blog. I am a new Americorps member and you can read more about me here:  http://bit.ly/aiJkwO.

I was reading the news the other day and happened upon an article in the CNN blog titled, “Better childhood nutrition needed, retired military officials say.” The statement and subsequent article was focusing on the upcoming U.S. House of Representatives vote on The Improving Nutrition for America’s Children Act of 2010. The act would:

  • Improve access to school meal programs
  • Improve access to out of school meal programs
  • Help schools and child care improve the quality of meals
  • Encourage public/partnerships in communities
  • Improve food safety requirements for school meals programs
  • Streamline program administration and support program integrity

Military leaders feel that the act is necessary to decrease childhood obesity which would increase the number of young adults who are qualified for national service.

The article also briefly mentions the creation of the National School Lunch program in 1945. Similar to The Improving Nutrition for America’s Children Act of 2010, the program was designed to combat hunger and bolster national security by allowing more children to eventually qualify for national service. National security has played a large role throughout American history in the nutrition information published by the USDA. One of the publications was NFC-4, the National Wartime Nutrition Guide (1943). The USDA’s first publication was Food For Young Children which was authored by Caroline Hunt in 1916. The USDA is gearing up to release a revision to their Guidelines for Americans by the end of this year. Keep your eyes peeled!

Courtesy of USDA
Courtesy of USDA

Dorothy wrote an article about The Improving Nutrition for America’s Children Act of 2010 back in July. Remember, the legislation expires September 30! If you care about how well our kids eat in school contact your representative today!

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This material was partially funded by the State of Michigan with federal funds from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program by way of the Michigan Nutrition Network at the Michigan Fitness Foundation. This work is supported in part by the Michigan Department of Human Services, under contract number ADMIN-10-99011. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the Michigan Fitness Foundation or the Michigan Department of Human Services. In accordance with Federal law and USDA policy, these institutions are prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, political beliefs or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720- 6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provides nutrition assistance to people with low income. It can help you buy nutritious foods for a better diet. To find out more contact the toll free Michigan Food Assistance Program Hotline at (855) ASK-MICH. Space-Limited USDA/DHS/MNN Credit Statement This material was partially funded by the State of Michigan with federal funds from the United States Department of Agriculture Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program by way of the Michigan Nutrition Network at the Michigan Fitness Foundation. These institutions are prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, political beliefs or disability. People who need help buying nutritious food for a better diet call the toll free Michigan Food Assistance Program Hotline: (855) ASK-MICH.

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