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2007 FARM BILL FEATURE
Agricultural policy affects not only the economic well-being of farm
households, but also our food supply, the environment, and the future of
rural communities. The current farm law (the Farm Security and Rural
Investment Act of 2002) remains in force only through 2007. The
agriculture committees in Congress have begun to debate ideas and, in
the upcoming months, will be crafting legislation that will become the
next farm law. ERS analysts examine the economic effects of current farm
legislation on producers, consumers, taxpayers, and rural communities,
and evaluate potential effects of alternative policies and programs.
Included in this feature is a selection of recent ERS research and
analysis on issues that the farm bill debate will address.
Released Thursday, March 29, 2007
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Your assistance in communicating this summer internship opportunity to
dietetic students is greatly appreciated!
Share Our Strength's Operation Frontline seeks an energetic dietetic
student interested in contributing to the work of a national nutrition
education program for low-income families. The student will be exposed
to a variety of experiences that will allow application of classroom
learning as it relates to supporting community-based organizations
implementing our cooking-based curriculum across the country.
The primary project would be assisting with Operation Frontline
curricula enhancements including but not limited to the adding/refining
class activities, developing a long-term curriculum revision process,
and nutritional analyses of OFL recipes.
Other projects might include:
* Program evaluation and analysis, including potential to develop
new evaluation instrument for children
* Developing tools and materials to support nutrition education in
public and private food programs in the District of Columbia
* Assisting in the creation of standards of protocol and other
quality improvement projects
* Teaching Operation Frontline courses along with volunteer
culinary instructor in the District of Columbia
The person we're looking for is flexible, detail oriented, independent,
organized, able to learn new computer systems quickly, and interested in
Share Our Strength's efforts to end childhood hunger.
We're looking for someone who can work on-site 30-40 hours a week
starting as early as May 2007. Share Our Strength is located at 1730 M
Street, NW (Washington, DC) and a short distance from Farragut North and
Farragut West metro stops. Desk space and a computer will be provided.
A stipend will be provided.
For more information on Share Our Strength and Operation Frontline,
please visit www.strength.org <http://www.strength.org/> .
To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter describing your interest
in the role and personal experience that makes you an ideal candidate,
and a piece of work (from school or employment) demonstrating your
practice in the creation or delivery of nutrition education materials.
All interested should submit documents by April 20th, 2007 to Leigh Ann
Leigh Ann Edwards, MPH, RD
Share Our Strength
Manager, Operation Frontline
1730 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
"Eat, Drink, End Childhood Hunger. To find a Taste of the Nation event
near you go to www.tasteofthenation.org
Hi All! -
In 1998, someone from U of MN (Epi) faxed me a copy of a survey they were
using to investigate what weight loss practices people were employing. The
survey listed the items below. If you have a recent copy of this
survey/know its name; or, are familiar with a similar valid and reliable
instrument, could you please let mw know about it? The items on this
particular survey were:
1) Reduce the number of Calories you eat.
2) Increase your exercise levels
3) Increase your fruits and vegetables
4) Cut out between meal snacking
5) Decrease fat intake
6) Cut our sweets and junk food from your diet
7) Fast or go without food entirely (for 24 hours or more)
8) Reduce the amount of food that you eat
9) Skip meals
10) Increase the number of cigarettes that you smoke
11) Take laxatives
12) Take diuretics (water pills)
13) Change type of food you eat
14) Take appetite suppressants
15) Take diet pills
16) Vomit after you eat
17) Eat less meat
18) Eat less high carbohydrate foods, like bread or potatoes
19) Drink fewer alcoholic beverages
20) Take liquid diet supplements
21) Eat low calorie diet foods
22) Go to diet center with food provided
23) Go to weight loss group without food supplied
I am looking for a scale that contains both negative and positive practices.
Many thanks - Deb Keenan
Food Most Widely Marketed Product to Kids
March 29, 2007
Food is the most widely advertised product to children and adolescents,
according to a study released on Wednesday by the Kaiser Family
Foundation, the Washington Post
Researchers from Indiana University examined more than 1,600 hours of
television programming broadcast from late May to mid-July 2005, with
additional sampling in September 2005. They analyzed ads during both
children's programming and programming that has younger viewers,
according to ratings (Squires, Washington Post, 3/29). Researchers
recorded more than 40,000 ads during that time period, close to 9,000 of
which were for food and beverages (USA Today
Half of the ads shown during children's programming were for food. Major
findings of the study include the following:
* Children ages eight to 12 years old saw the most food
commercials, with an average of 21 per day, or 7,600 ads totaling 51
hours per year.
* Adolescents ages 13 to 17 years old saw 17 food ads a day, or
more than 6,000 ads totaling 40 hours per year.
* Children ages two to seven saw 12 food ads per day, or 4,400
totaling nearly 30 hours per year (Washington Post, 3/29).
* Food was the top advertised product for children, making up 32%
of all commercials aimed at two- to seven-year-olds; 25% of ads for
eight- to 12-year-olds; and 22% of ads for teens (USA Today graphic,
* Of all food ads in the study, 34% were for candy and snacks; 28%
were for cereals; 10% were for fast foods; 4% were for dairy products;
and none were for fruits and vegetables (Washington Post, 3/29).
* Children saw one public service announcement about nutrition or
fitness every two or three days, while teens saw one per week.
Researchers also found that among the networks targeted at child
viewers, the Disney Channel had the least food advertising at zero
minutes because they do not run conventional advertising. The Disney
Channel was followed by Viacom's Nickelodeon, which ran less than four
minutes of food advertising per hour, and Disney's ABC Family, which ran
close to seven minutes per hour.
Of the major networks, ABC ran more ads targeted at children than CBS,
NBC or Fox (Menn/Schreck, Los Angeles Times
Study co-author Vicky Rideout, a Kaiser Family Foundation vice president
and director of the foundation's Program for the Study of Entertainment
Media and Health, said, "Childhood obesity isn't just the latest hot
topic. It's a very serious problem that's having a devastating effect on
the lives of millions of children and families in this country, and that
could impact our country's health care system for many years to come"
(Los Angeles Times, 3/29).
Margo Wootan of the Center for Science in the Public Interest said, "If
any parent tried to talk to their kids 10 or 20 times a day about
healthy eating, they'd be considered the biggest nag ever, and yet
that's how many bad food messages kids are seeing on TV every day"
(Hellmich, USA Today, 3/29).
C. Lee Peeler, CEO of the National Advertising Review Council, said that
"a lot has changed" since 2005. In November 2006, his group launched the
Children's Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative, a voluntary
self-regulation effort that includes 11 of the largest food and beverage
companies. The program asks companies to pledge that 50% of ads aimed at
children younger than age 12 feature healthier products or healthier
lifestyle messaging, Peeler said (Washington Post, 3/29).
Dan Jaffe, lobbyist for the Association of National Advertisers, said,
"The total advertising community, the total food community, is
tremendously committed to taking major steps -- unprecedented steps --
to respond to the obesity problem" (Los Angeles Times, 3/29). Jaffe
noted that several studies have shown that advertising of food to
children has dropped since the late 1970s, even as childhood obesity is
"jumping dramatically," so "placing the primary blame on advertising is
overly simplistic," he said (USA Today, 3/29).
The study is available online <http://kff.org/entmedia/upload/7618.pdf>
. Note: You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the study.
CBS' "Evening News" on Wednesday reported on the study. The segment
includes comments from Rideout and Susan Linn, a psychiatrist at Harvard
Medical School and co-founder of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free
Childhood (Whitaker, "Evening News," CBS, 3/28). Video of the segment is
NPR's "Morning Edition" on Thursday also reported on the study (Inskeep,
"Morning Edition," NPR, 3/29). Audio of the segment is available online
Waterman & Associates
900 Second Street NE, Suite 109
Washington, DC 20002
We just received a request from one of our programs to provide baby
food recipes for recent immigrants from Burma, Somalia, and the Sudan.
Has anyone come across something that would be culturally appropriate
for these populations?
I would really appreciate any suggestions or website ideas that might
have more information on this topic.
Jessica Garay, RD
Food Bank of Central New York
6970 Schuyler Road
East Syracuse, NY 13057
Telephone: (315) 437-1899 x. 267
Cell: (315) 842-7016
Fax: (315) 434-9629
E-mail: jgaray(a)foodbankcny.org <mailto:email@example.com>
"We work for food"