Here is a link to a downloadable book for preschoolers that was
developed by the WIC nutritionists in Florida. It is available in
English and in Spanish. We included it in our Interagency campaign,
"Snack Smart Move More" last year, which also is available for free
downloading. The campaign features a lit review, lesson plans for
preschool through older adults, PowerPoint presentation, and consumer
materials. Check it out:
Here's the link directly to the book: Give Me 5 A Day:
While you're at it, you can check out all of the Florida Interagency
Food and Nutrition Committee (FIFNC) campaigns at this URL:
http://www.fifnc.com/ FIFNC includes representatives from the major
Florida state agencies that provide nutrition education and/or services:
Dept of Health
Dept of Education
Dept of Children and Families
Univ of Florida IFAS Extension
Dept of Agric and Consumer Services
Florida Div - Food and Drug Administration
The committee, in various formats, has been meeting continuously for
over 40 years! We only recently decided to work together on annual FIFNC
nutrition campaigns, to speak with one voice on a single message. It's
been hard work but also fun and rewarding. Each agency contributes what
it can and we are remarkably unterritorial and unselfish in our approach
(if I do say so myself ...). What also is fun is that no one tells us
what to do and we work together to decide what might benefit Floridians
based on our work with our local counterparts and consumers. We have no
budget as a Committee and use resources that we have from our respective
agencies, as appropriate and possible. Contributions vary from year to
FIFNC is a great collaboration and I encourage you to learn from our
years of experience if you don't have a similar group in your state.
Linda Benjamin Bobroff, Ph.D., RD, LD/N
Dept of Family, Youth & Community Sciences
University of Florida
3038 McCarty Hall, PO Box 110310
Gainesville, FL 32611-0310
Tel: 352/392-1895 Ext 240
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I am interested in recommendations...best if both English and Spanish -
Thanks in advance...
Will be posting weaning info in Spanish soon but am still on the lookout
for documents that do not encourage sippie cups...
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New York, New York 10011
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Hi all – thanks to those of you who responded and provided input re: my
question about wellness policies teams – what works and what does not. A
number of you asked that I provide a summary – so here it is. Names were
left out. I hope it helps as you continue your efforts to promote healthy
school environments. Tracy
Tracy A. Fox, MPH, RD
President, Food, Nutrition & Policy Consultants, LLC
5927 Beech Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20817
Input on wellness policies via list servs
Compiled by Tracy Fox, July 2006 (names removed)
The key success to move the wellness policy for board approval:
1. One parent leads the nutrition advisory council. She has a PHD and is a
registered dietitian. The rest of the committee that consists of parents,
teachers, administrators and food services acknowledges her commitment and
support to this council.
2. One board member out of the five board members has attended some of the
nutrition advisory council meeting. This benefits any concerns that other
board members may have.
3. Only one board member is a true nutrition advocate and has made it
difficult to approve the wellness policy of BP 5030 -Student Wellness
because he wants the wordings to be more restrictive to meet his personal
nutrition philosophy - he is an accountant by profession.
4. I steer the committee to make sure that they are realistic on their
goals and objectives of the wellness policy. They understand I used to work
at a previous district that had a nutrition policy that received worldwide
recognition, but ended up not being followed after two years of development
because of unrealistic expectations and economic costs involved. With that
experience and knowledge, the council was able to understand that it was
better to meet the goals and strategies that the schools can achieve than
writing words that sound great on paper that cannot be achieved. It is
better to make the council feel they created the policy and provide the
greatest input when the director ultimately decides if the policies are
doable or not and makes sure the council aligns in the thinking process of
the director who ultimately is going to implement the policy even though
everyone believes the council will get the schools involved in the wellness
5. Very important to get parents, teachers, administrators, students and
some board members involved to promote the wellness policy and get it
approved at the board meeting.
6. Share the wellness policy document with the PTA or Site Council
(SCC) these groups will help promote the policy and eventually implement
the policy. I do not expect the principals to all buy into the policy, but
with the support of the PTA or SCC, the principals will eventually listen to
the parents of these committees to adhere to the policies of the
I did have a positive experience with the development of the policy because
of the collaborative work of our (already established) district Physical
Activity & Nutrition Advisory Committee (PANAC). This school
district/community group has met monthly for the past 2-3 years and was
fully prepared when the federal (and state) wellness policy requirements
were released. We organized a 1-year nutrition pilot in several elementary
and middle schools that also helped us in developing our policy and
presenting lessons learned to our Board.
Having someone in charge of spearheading this within the district is
critical. I am able to dedicate time to this, serve as a
communicator/liaison between the community and the district, as well as
district administrators and school-based staff. I am so happy to say that
after leading this effort as a nutritionist in the district, the position of
Wellness Coordinator was just approved this summer, which I stepped into.
We also had tremendous support from our superintendent, assoc.
superintendent and some of the Board members from the beginning. We had
time (a good year) to raise awareness across our district as to what was
coming down and why. Regularly attending administrator meetings, and just
appearing at Board and other meetings was key as well. Getting input from
principals on the policy and the implementation plan was also important. Be
brief, but show up often was some great advice I received early on.
I learned a whole lot going through this process and I must admit, I think
that the biggest success was our state adopting specific requirements for
the school wellness policy (SHAC’s, Coordinated School Health Approach, and
very specific nutrition standards for competitive foods). I honestly don’t
know if our large district would have adopted such a policy otherwise.
1. Engaged physicians and community people who want to see change in food
available on campus and who want to assist with getting kids more active.
2. Good info from around the country on what others are doing in
coordinated school health and how this policy is "fitting" into efforts
already under way.
3. School food service staff are excited to see more interest in the
nutrition requirements and education about same.
4. Fund-raising companies are re-tooling their fund-raising packages based
on what this policy is leading school system to do.
1. Major push-back from principals who need additional funds for school
supplies beyond what districts are able to make available. I understand
exactly where these folks are since I was a teacher for about five
years--school districts have said you can't charge a supply fee and schools
don't have enough money to purchase the kinds of things that are needed in
classrooms--like calculators used in advanced math.
2. District level staff who are tired of everything coming down to
education with no additional funding, yet the mandate exists and requires
more oversight from a district level.
3. Some have wondered what will be next--if we are put in the place of the
food police, then, where will the responsibility for a child stop for
education and where is the responsibility for the parents in all this.
Overall, I would say that it was a positive experience due to:
* Strong community involvement: Minneapolis & Hennepin County
Departments of Health.
* Strong support from industry partners: General Mills, Allina
Health Systems and the University of Minnesota.
* Good break-out work groups facilitated the process - we got a lot
done in smaller groups that met more often, then went back to the large
group for consensus. Each of 3 work groups had 2 leaders, one from the
district and one not.
* School Board Member sat on the committee as well as an attorney
for the district to make sure that we were always in compliance with
existing policies and contracts. We also had a rep from District
* Good parent and staff involvement. At its height, the committee
was at least 30 people from all backgrounds.
* We followed the outline supplied by USDA that helped keep us on
task and within the timeframe - that worked at least until the end when the
Board did not act in a timely manner.
* We communicated a lot via email and got the smaller questions
researched and handled in that manner and saved the big stuff for the
* Small groups met 2x a week after school hours, often into the
evening - a lot of commitment to the process.
Positive: We have contracted with our NET program (Extension) to deliver a
commercial on Wellness policy every time we do any programs, in an effort to
get people aware and excited. So far people think it is a good idea. I
also talk with teachers and we have a committee called, "the Willing and the
Able" working to make sure that PA is in all these plans and the state has
the wherewithal to carry it out.
Negative: Our toughest group are superintendents and principals - they are
looking for simple and don't want anyone to do much for this because there
is no money.
My feedback - DC AFHK took the lead on helping DC schools. Luckily a
relationship with the Food Service Director and the Director of Health and
Physical Ed were actively involved. We generally found it necessary and more
effective to assign tasks. For example, I compiled several mailing lists
that we targeted for sending fliers about community forums, worked with a
designer to get them created and a printer that both did their work "in
kind." Our community meetings were sparsely attended, even though we tried
to schedule them in the evening (at what we thought was a convenient time),
always provided food and child care, and held them as close to possible to a
metro in 4 quadrants of the city. Discussions were good and I think
participants found it valuable to rotate around to each of the three groups
(Nutrition Standards, PE ideas/education, and Nutrition Ed) and provide
input. As you can imagine several people used this time as their soapbox so
having a group facilitator that is prepared to bring the conversation back
is important. In the future, I think a better approach would be to
coordinate with PTA's, churches and/or local government meetings, etc -
taking the presentation to the stakeholders instead of relying on them
coming to you. However, this would take considerably more manpower and may
We also used Survey Monkey to develop a free survey that was widely
distributed to community members, health professionals, students,
parents.(all the stakeholders outlined in the bill) I believe this was more
valuable because it allowed us to reach more people and was easier to
compile. We obviously had the ability to present ranking and open ended
I think the most positive thing with our wellness policy buy in was that all
schools chose to participate because of our ongoing CSH project. We had buy
in from the administration mainly because of the things we have been able to
do through Coordinated School Health in the past.
Supplies or positions we have been able to give them (materialistic!) with
the CSH funding over the past 4 years insured buy-in.. because we had been
working with the community by way of CSH Family and Community component..the
School Health Advisory Committee, Healthy School Teams and County Health
Councils, we already had the community players on board. The outcome CSH
program evaluation requires this.
Phone conversation input:
School food services should NOT be leading the team – they need to be on the
team but since the policy goes beyond their scope, they should not be the
Leadership component: must be a school board member on the team – only then
can you have buy in from the top; they must be engaged and included – having
a board liaison is key.
Business office member is also key to serve on committee
Self assessment tool to be done at the school building level, helps level
the playing field and removes finger pointing. (Parent and staff members do
State has developed model wellness policy that helps promote consistency
among districts – and helps vendors revamp their product lines and know that
they will be accepted across the board
OK to begin implementation of policy provisions before it is fully accepted
– show some minor successes early on and team members will be more
Use Press to drum up awareness; success stories help build community support
and exposure. (School board members are elected so community awareness is
key – can become a platform for election)
Must be members are constant and dedicated – and that there is grassroots as
well as “top” honcho – school board involvement – must have both.
Communication key – constantly briefing the school board/superintendent so
there are no surprises.
Shoot for the gold standard with a longer transition period.
Include staff wellness – while not a requirement, it helps build internal
support and create more and powerful champions.
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Development Associate/Senior Development Associate, Food Research
and Action Center, Partnership to End Childhood Hunger, Washington, DC
The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), a non-profit research and
advocacy organization working to reduce hunger and poverty and improve
nutrition, seeks a Development Associate to lead fundraising efforts for
the Partnership to End Childhood Hunger in D.C. The ideal candidate must
be creative and a self- starter and will have a great deal of latitude
in developing and carrying out the fundraising program. The candidate
must be exceptionally well-organized and have a proven ability to
implement fundraising systems and to hold themselves and others
accountable for the maintenance of those systems. Finally, the ideal
candidate will be exceptional at working in organizational partnerships
and will have experience balancing the needs of diverse stakeholders
combined with a demonstrated sensitivity to working with
The Partnership to End Childhood Hunger in D.C. is a collaboration of
FRAC, D.C. Hunger Solutions, and Share Our Strength. D.C. Hunger
Solutions is a separately staffed and budgeted FRAC project which
advances FRAC's mission by working with a network of partners in the
District of Columbia to make the federal nutrition programs accessible
to all those who are in need. D.C. Hunger Solutions is focused on
reducing hunger and its adverse consequences for the health and
well-being of low-income children and their families and on using
federal nutrition supports to strengthen community institutions and
improve nutrition. The Partnership is a new collaboration to intensify
this work and seek to end childhood hunger in the District in 10 years.
Responsibilities: Under the direction of D.C. Hunger Solution's
director, oversee all aspects of fundraising program. Work with current
staff and leadership (including FRAC development staff) to develop and
implement fundraising plan. Draft letters, appeals, correspondence and
foundation proposals. Staff and provide support to organizational
leadership and board. Manage database of current and potential funders.
Track progress of all fundraising activity. Write, edit, track and
follow up on foundation grants. Set up donor visits and provide all
follow-up. Develop and implement acknowledgement program. Keep staff and
senior leadership on target and on schedule. Create materials as needed,
including corporate outreach packets, individual major donor appeals,
etc. Set up fundraising events as necessary including small house
parties or larger receptions. Create and maintain relationships with
donors on the phone and/or in person. Be able to ask and close on
fundraising gifts. Manage administration of development activities.
Qualifications: Minimum of three years development experience. Highly
motivated; exceptionally detail-oriented and highly organized;
commitment to social justice issues; strong interpersonal skills;
ability to pay attention to bottom line goals; experience with grant
writing, special event fundraising, corporate outreach; proven ability
to manage and staff organizational leadership; strong writing skills.
Opening/Closing Dates: The position is open immediately. It will close
Salary/Benefits: Salary commensurate with experience; excellent health,
dental, retirement and other benefits; generous leave; enthusiastic and
Application: Send resume, cover letter and writing sample to:
Sr. Development Associate Search Committee Food Research and Action
Center 1875 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 540 Washington, DC 20009 Fax
(202) 986-2525 wputney(a)frac.org
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FRAC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. FRAC is
firmly committed to a policy against discrimination based on sex, race,
age religious creed, sexual orientation, disability or national origin.
D.C. Hunger Solutions, a project of the Food Research and Action Center,
is dedicated to fighting hunger and obesity and improving the nutrition,
health and well-being of children, youth and families in the District of
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Subject: [COMFOOD:] Additional Farm Bill Field Hearings
Farm Bill Field Hearings - Two new additions to the Senate Agriculture
Committee Farm Bill Field Hearings since last week - August 15, Redmond,
Oregon and August 16, Grand Island, Nebraska. The Senate Ag Committee list
for the coming weeks is now: July 24, Ankeny, Iowa, 9 am; August 15,
Redmond, Oregon, August 16, Grand Island, Nebraska, and August 17, Great
Falls, MT. Upcoming House Agriculture Committee Farm Bill Field Hearings:
July 22, Marshall, Minnesota, 9 am; July 24 Scottsburg, Indiana, 9 am; July
31, Wall, South Dakota, 9:30 am; July 31, and Sioux City, Iowa, 9 am;.
Information on the House hearings is posted at
http://agriculture.house.gov/hearings/schedule.html and for the Senate
hearings at http://agriculture.senate.gov/Hearings/hearings.cfm.
Stephanie D. R. Larsen
Community Food Security Coalition
110 Maryland Ave. NE Suite 307
Washington, DC 20002
Pardon the cross postings you will receive as we seek applications for
the Montana Food Stamp Nutrition Education Program Coordinator.
Please distribute to other people or listservs, as appropriate.
Phyllis M. Dennee, MS, CFCS
Nutrition Education Specialist
Montana State University Extension
101 Romney, PO Box 173360
Bozeman, MT 59717-3360
Phone: (406) 994-4581 or 994-5702 Fax: (406) 994-7300
Program Coordinator, Food Stamp Nutrition Education (FSNE) program,
Montana State University Extension, Dept of Health & Human Dev. Full
time, professional position. Will conduct program planning,
implementation and evaluation, under the direction of the FSNE director.
For complete announcement, go to http://msuextension.org
<http://msuextension.org/> . Click on Careers in Extension; then click
on Current Openings. Screening begins September 5, 2006 and continues
until a suitable candidate is hired. For information, contact Mary Fran
San Soucie, Personnel Specialist, MSU Extension, PO Box 172230, Bozeman,
MT 59717-2230, 406-994-6648, maryfran(a)montana.edu.
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