Attached and below is a description of the two tenure-track positions
available here at Texas Tech. I would greatly appreciate it if you
could disseminate this to doctoral students and others who may be
Debra B. Reed, PhD, LD, RD
Dept. of Nutrition, Hospitality, and Retailing
College of Human Sciences
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX 79409-1162
Texas Tech University
Department of Nutrition, Hospitality, and Retailing
Application Due: Open until filled (review of
applicants will begin 11/1/ 2007)
Type: nine months, Tenure-track
Position Availability: 1/1/2008 or 9/1/2008 (negotiable)
Salary: Competitive and commensurate with qualifications
Minimum Qualifications and Responsibilities:
Assistant/Associate Professor: Doctorate in Nutrition or related field,
Registered Dietitian, Licensed Dietitian in the State of Texas (within
three months of hire). Candidates should have commitment to and
experience with university teaching and be able to teach a variety of
undergraduate and graduate courses in food and nutrition to support the
Didactic Program in Dietetics and other major/minors in Nutritional
Sciences. A demonstrated ability to establish a focused research
program, secure external funding, and publish in peer-reviewed journals
is required. Preferred areas of interest include obesity, diabetes, and
chronic disease prevention and interventions, wellness or other areas
that complement existing strengths in the department. Experience in
multidisciplinary collaborations for academics and research is desired.
The new faculty member will be expected to participate in graduate
student research committees and other departmental, college, and
Application: Apply at www.depts.ttu.edu/personnel. Click on
Applicants, then the employment website. Create an application for
position number 74466 or 74459. The position is also available through
the search postings feature. Include with the completed application a
letter of application, vita, copy of transcripts (official transcripts
will be required upon appointment), and the contact information (name,
address, telephone number, and email address) of three references.
For additional information, contact Dr. Debra B. Reed (806-742-3068 or
I am pleased to announce the release of my Jumping Jacks with Jill DVD, Fitness Videos for Kids. Copies are available at www.jumpingjill.com under store. The press release is below. I produced this video entirely myself and appreciate your support.
Secondly, my band, Sunset West, is releasing a new album on Sunday, June 3rd at the Knitting Factory in New York. If you are in the area and want to rock, you can pick up a ticket for $10 and get a free copy of our CD at www.sunsetwest.net or www.knittingfactory.com. It is an all-ages afternoon show, so little punks are also welcome. The theme is Punk Rock Prom, so punk an old dress with safety pins and wear it with Converse tennis shoes. Check out our new tunes as www.myspace.com/sunsetwest.
The Rockstar Nutritionist
Jumping Jack with Jill
New York, NY
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Contact: Jill Jayne, RD
DATE: March 5, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JUMPING JACKS WITH JILL LAUNCHES IN MULTI-MEDIA
NEW YORK- Move over Dora! Jumping Jacks with Jill, nutrition education through entertainment, is now available in multi-media. Four instructional videos get kids up and moving, while a fifth story features kids doing exercises with Jumping Jill. The DVD is ideal for ages 4-8, for educators and parents alike. The DVD is available on the new and improved Jumping Jill website, www.jumpingjill.com. A new promotional video highlighting what Jumping Jill can do for you is also available. Check out recent press, upcoming shows, editorials, and recommended resources there as well!
Only one out of three kids meets basic fitness requirements. With heart disease remaining the number one killer of adults, and its primary causes such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure developing in childhood, nutrition and fitness education are crucial. Health professionals are reacting to childhood obesity, but Ronald McDonald continues to serve over 47 million per day. No matter how educationally correct, well structured nutrition education competes with an intensely pervasive and persuasive media environment. Jumping Jacks with Jill uses the tools of mass media proven to sell unhealthy foods with excitement, humor, bandwagoning, and role modeling. Previously, Jumping Jacks with Jill was only available as a live character. With the launch of the website and the DVDs for kids, Jumping Jill is now multi-media, taking her message of healthy habits and a positive body image to the masses.
"It is very exciting to expand my reach. I can have more staying power with these many media, as kids interact with media more than ever before," says Jumping Jill. Rather than waging war on the media, Jumping Jill is part of it to become a competitive force in how kids learn about health.
To request a multi-media press kit, call 646-596-7454 or email whataboutjill(a)gmail.com. To order Jumping Jacks with Jill Fitness Videos for Kids visit www.jumpingjill.com.
Jill Jayne, RD-- Rockstar Nutritionist
240 W 104th Street-3A
NY, NY 10025
Jumping Jacks with Jill
Nutrition Education through Entertainment
Dear Colleagues -
Great thanks to LeeAnn Weniger for providing these food portion pictures.
They are from USDA.
Also a great web site for food pictures is:
Thank you for your assistance!
Kathy Orchen, MPH
Senior Program Coordinator for Nutrition Education Programming and Training
26 Nichol Avenue, Davison Hall Room 226A
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Please share this announcement with colleagues and other listservs.
The deadline for manuscripts is October 26, 2007. Thank you
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Environmental Nutrition Solutions
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Foodlinks America - September 28, 2007
In this issue:
Stopgap Measure Keeps Government Funded
Senate Farm Bill Timetable Still in Flux
Food Inflation Eating Up TEFAP Supplies
Food Stamp Facts
Backpack Programs Expanding Nationwide
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Stopgap Measure Keeps Government Funded
Congress is taking action to maintain funding for federal programs after the
October 1 start of fiscal year 2008 through a continuing resolution (CR).
On September 26, 2007, the House of Representatives passed a short-term CR
to keep government operating through November 16. The bill passed by a vote
of 404-14. The Senate will act shortly and the President will likely sign
the legislation before October 1.
A CR is necessary because Congress has not finished work on any of the 12
annual appropriations bills for fiscal year 2008. The CR will maintain the
status quo, keeping most programs at fiscal year 2007 levels for the time
Although Republicans were quick to jump on the Democratic majority for
failing to pass fiscal year 2008 spending measures, CRs have become
increasingly commonplace. "Continuing resolutions date from at least the
late 1970s, and have been a regular part of the annual appropriations
process for over 50 years," commented the non-partisan Congressional
Research Service (CRS) in a recent report. "In fact, with the exception of
three fiscal years - 1989, 1995, and 1997 - at least one continuing
resolution has been enacted for each fiscal year since 1954," CRS noted.
Congressional Democrats claim Republicans share the responsibility for
spending decisions, or rather the lack of them. In a posting titled, "The
Facts on Appropriations Bills: How this Congress Stacks Up," House
Appropriations Committee chair David Obey (D-WI) stated, "The President's
rhetoric on appropriations bills is over the top when you consider the
record. Since the President took office . the federal government has
operated under a CR for at least some portion of every year and
appropriations bills were completed in December twice, in January twice, and
in February twice," noting that for fiscal year 2003 there were a dozen CRs
before the process was completed. Given the lack of consensus on spending
issues, additional CRs are likely before final fiscal 2008 appropriations
Senate Farm Bill Timetable Still in Flux
Consideration of the Farm Bill - the omnibus agriculture legislation that
also authorizes the Food Stamp Program, commodity distribution programs, and
other nutrition services - in the U.S. Senate remains a moving target that
is shifting daily. Senate Agriculture Committee chair Tom Harkin (D-IA)
initially promised to have a bill ready this summer, but summer has turned
to fall and no action has been taken yet at the committee level.
Harkin is "very hopeful that we can still bring it up before the [Senate's]
Columbus Day recess" from October 8-12 (the House will remain in session),
but the odds of that happening are diminishing daily. The House of
Representatives, which passed its 2007 version of the Farm Bill in July,
awaits Senate action. In the meantime, an extension of the 2002 Farm Bill
is part of the government-wide continuing resolution that will keep programs
intact and operating through mid-November.
How long current law will be extended is anyone's guess at this point.
Harkin was initially opposed to any extension of the current Farm Bill, but
recently said, "We're going to try to do a new bill. We need a new Farm
Bill for the future. But I am not unalterably opposed to extending the
present Farm Bill."
Funding remains the major sticking point. "The difficulty is just trying to
find adequate money to meet everyone's needs and what people want in the
bill," Harkin said. And three key Democratic Senators are offering
competing fiscal plans to expand Farm Bill programs. Finance Committee
chair Max Baucus (D-MT) says he can identify up to $10 billion in offsets to
support Farm Bill programs, but his outline focuses on setting up a trust
fund to provide more permanent disaster relief for farmers. Baucus plans to
reveal details of his plan in early October.
Another Senator from the Northern Plains, Kent Conrad (D-ND), who chairs the
Budget Committee, released a chart on September 26 that offers three Farm
Bill funding alternatives, ranging between $10.4 billion and $11.9 billion.
Conrad said his chart should be considered as a menu of options rather than
a Farm Bill proposal. Harkin has his own funding plan in mind, but details
have not been circulated publicly.
Democrats on the Senate Agriculture Committee are meeting almost daily to
try to reach consensus on Farm Bill provisions and funding. But regardless
of the final Senate outcome, reconciliation of any new Farm Bill with the
House version will present unique challenges, as the legislation from the
lower chamber includes a new tax on profits from foreign corporations that
appears to be dead on arrival in the Senate.
A further complicating factor is the attitude of the Bush administration,
which is also opposed to the House plan for financial support based on new
taxes. Moreover, the Administration just had a change in leadership;
Agriculture Secretary Mike Johannes, who was representing the President on
Farm Bill matters, resigned this month to seek a Senate seat in his home
state of Nebraska next year, an action that irritated Democrats. "It is
completely irresponsible for the Secretary of Agriculture to leave his post
right in the middle of negotiations over the next Farm Bill," commented
Conrad. Johannes has been replaced by Deputy Secretary Chuck Conner.
Meanwhile, anti-hunger advocates are concerned that more than $4 billion for
hard-won food stamp improvements in the House bill could be in jeopardy.
Though both the Harkin and Conrad plans reportedly contain similar support
for food stamp changes, inclusion in the final legislation is far from a
certainty. "The House of Representatives found new money to stem the losses
in food assistance from growing numbers of hungry families," said Vicki
Escarra, president and CEO of America's Second Harvest in a mid-September
statement. "It is hard to understand why the Senate seems to be having so
much difficulty doing this," she added.
Capitol Hill observers have likened the Farm Bill situation to a
three-dimensional chess game, with the Administration, the House, and the
Senate at the corners. Senator Harkin, though frustrated in constructing a
package that will move the Farm Bill forward, remains unfazed about the
slowness of the process and finishing the Farm Bill. "I've been through
seven Farm Bills," said Harkin. "This happens all the time."
However, optimism remains. "I'm really hopeful we'll figure this all out,"
said Senator Norm Coleman (R-MN), a member of the Agriculture Committee. "I
think by the time we're drinking eggnog, we'll have a new Farm Bill."
Food Inflation Eating Up TEFAP Supplies
Food price increases averaging 36 percent over the past seven years have
significantly diminished the amount of food being provided to food banks and
food pantries nationwide under The Emergency Food Assistance Program
(TEFAP), according to a detailed analysis of commodity prices conducted by
the Wisconsin Community Action Program Association (WISCAP). Combined with
a nearly 80 percent reduction in federal bonus commodities during the same
period, emergency food providers across the U.S. are struggling to meet
local hunger needs.
WISCAP's member Community Action Agencies and partner organizations, which
distribute TEFAP foods statewide, are also running short of food to give
needy residents. To detail the extent of the problem, WISCAP Food Security
Program Specialist Mark Bauman looked at 41 TEFAP entitlement food items
available in the second quarter of fiscal year 2001 and fiscal year 2008 to
examine the difference in prices. Thirty-eight of the 41 foods increased in
price, with 16 rising by more than 50 percent.
The biggest increase was in the price of egg mix, which went up 115 percent
over the seven-year span. Other large price increases were found in grain
products - corn flakes, grits, flour, spaghetti, and macaroni - and beans of
"Most of the increase is recent," noted Jonathan Bader, Community Action
Programs Manager for WISCAP. Commodity purchase prices increased 19 percent
for these items between fiscal year 2007 and fiscal year 2008 alone. With
current funding for TEFAP entitlement foods at $140 million a year since the
last Farm Bill in 2002, "It would take an increase of tens of millions of
dollars in annual TEFAP entitlement funding just to offset price increases
that have occurred since then," Bader said.
The overall situation becomes much starker when taking into account the huge
increases in local demand states have experienced - Wisconsin has had a 57
percent increase in households served since 2001 - and the precipitous drop
in bonus foods in recent years. "All states are facing the same triple
whammy of price inflation, increasing demand, and plummeting bonus
supplies," Bader added, "which makes it painfully clear how deficient
current funding levels really are for entitlement foods - the very backbone
of TEFAP. This price data further buttresses urgent nationwide calls to
substantially increase TEFAP entitlement funding in the Farm Bill," he
concluded. For additional details, contact: mbauman(a)wiscap.org.
Among bills recently introduced in the 110th session of the U.S. Congress
are the following:
House Resolution (H.R.) 3257: Introduced by Representative Ron Kind (D-WI)
and 18 bipartisan co-sponsors, the Fitness Integrated with Teaching Kids
(FIT Kids) Act would, among other objectives, improve access to nutritious
food and nutrition education for school children.
H.R. 3503: Introduced by Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), the
Lifelong Improvements in Food and Exercise (LIFE) Act would take actions in
the public health arena to reduce the prevalence of obesity.
H.R. 3628: Introduced by Representative Zachary Space (D-OH), the Promoting
Charitable Action Act would amend the Internal Revenue Code to extend for
four years the enhanced charitable deduction for contributions of food
Senate (S.) 2066: Introduced by Senator Barack Obama (D-IL), the Back to
School: Improving Standards for Nutrition and Physical Education in Schools
Act would, among other objectives, establish and implement nutrition
standards for school foods.
For bill summary and status information, along with the text of legislation,
visit: http://thomas.loc.gov <http://thomas.loc.gov/> and enter the bill
Food Stamp Facts
Access and participation grants made: USDA has awarded almost $5 million to
six states and one city-county to test ways to modernize and simplify the
Food Stamp Program application process. The grants will support
technological advances such as on-line applications, automated telephone
services, and application sites outside of the traditional social services
office to help serve the elderly and disabled. Awardees are the states of
Mississippi, Montana, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, and
Louisville/Jefferson County in Kentucky. To learn more, see:
Administrative bonus awards announced: A total of $18 million has been
given by USDA to states that demonstrated exceptional performance in the
administration of the Food Stamp Program in fiscal year 2006. States that
received cash for the best program access last year were Maine, Missouri,
Tennessee, and Oregon. Massachusetts, Mississippi, Vermont, and Maryland
were noted for the most improved program access. And receiving awards for
the best application processing timeliness rates were Massachusetts,
Kentucky, South Dakota, West Virginia, North Carolina, and New Hampshire.
For further information, see:
Sugar is back in school: It was just last year that the major international
beverage companies - Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Cadbury Schweppes - in a deal
brokered by ex-President Bill Clinton, agreed they would sell only water,
low-fat milk, and 100 percent juices in U.S. elementary and middle schools
to help reduce sugar intakes that are contributing to America's obesity
problem. In addition, sports drinks and light juices with no more than 66
calories per eight ounces would be allowable for high school students.
But earlier this year, the beverage companies amended the agreement to
permit "other drinks" with no more than 66 calories per eight ounces to be
sold in high schools, opening the door for the vending of vitamin waters -
basically sugar water with vitamins added. Vitamin waters appear to be a
fast growing market the beverage companies want to cash in on. Industry
claims it was just tweaking the standards and the changes are "much ado
about nothing," according to the American Beverage Association.
Not so, say nutrition advocates. "This is a huge loophole that will bring
lots more sugar and calories into kids' diets," claimed Margo Wootan,
director for nutrition policy at the Center for Science in the Public
Interest in Washington, D.C. Kate Cyrul, a spokesperson for the Senate
Agriculture Committee, chaired by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), who has long
sought federal oversight of school drink sales, called the industry move a
"quiet backsliding to sneak sugary beverages into our schools again. For
the sake of our children's health, Congress should pass science-based school
nutrition standards that cannot be altered at the request of just a few
parties and without public input," she added.
Obesity problem getting bigger: Adult obesity rates increased in 31 states
last year, with 22 states experiencing an increase for the second year in a
row, according to the Trust for America's Health in Washington, D.C. in its
2007 annual report, F as in Fat: How Obesity Policies are Failing in
America, released on August 27. No state's obesity rate decreased, the
Mississippi, with the nation's highest poverty rate, is also at the top of
the obesity charts, becoming the first state ever in which more than 30
percent of adults are obese. Rates of adult obesity exceeded 25 percent in
19 states, up from 14 states last year and nine in 2005. A mere 15 years
ago, no state exceeded 20 percent in adult obesity. The report, which
includes state data and recommendations for combating obesity, may be found
Gestational diabetes affects childhood obesity: Results of a new study show
that the more diabetic a pregnant woman is, the more likely her children are
to become obese. Children of mothers who had very high levels of blood
sugar were 89 percent more likely to be overweight and 82 percent more
likely to be obese by the time they were 5-7 years of age, compared to
children whose mothers had normal blood sugar levels during pregnancy,
according to researchers at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research
in Portland, OR.
"The risk of childhood overweight and obesity rose in step with higher
levels of blood sugar in pregnant women," said Dr. Teresa Hillier, an
endocrinologist and senior investigator at the Center. But "the good news
here is that when pregnant women were treated for gestational diabetes,
their children's risk for overweight and obesity dropped considerably. In
fact, their obesity risk was not statistically different than children of
mothers with normal blood sugar levels," she noted. For more information,
go to: http://www.kpchr.org/public/news/new.asp.
Take a walk: Forty years ago, half of all American students walked to
school or rode their bikes. Today, fewer than 15 percent get to class under
their own power. Instead, they are driven to school by a parent or take a
bus. In an attempt to promote exercise, October 3 has been declared
national Walk to School Day by the Partnership for a Walkable America. To
join the movement, see: http://www.walktoschool-usa.org/.
Backpack Programs Expanding Nationwide
School lunch and breakfast programs provide schoolchildren with daily
nourishment during the week, but low-income children often fail to get
enough food on weekends when school meals are not available. An easy and
effective solution to the problem has been found to help thousands of
children nationwide stave off hunger over the weekend - backpack programs
that provide easy-to-prepare foods distributed at school and sent home with
the children every Friday.
Started in 1999, Food For Kids, operated by the food bank of the
Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency in Sonora, California, mostly likely
was the first backpack program in the country. Food bank director Lee
Kimball initiated the novel concept after lamenting that The Emergency Food
Assistance Program (TEFAP) was not reaching needy children in her remote
rural corner of northeast California. Food distribution in such locations
involves significant challenges - huge distances, physical barriers such as
mountains, a lack of transportation, and frequent inclement weather.
"The school bus is the only public transportation that goes everywhere in
our county," Kimball told Foodlinks America. "It just made sense to
distribute kid-friendly TEFAP foods, like peanut butter, directly to
children," she said. Kimball sought and received state approval to
distribute TEFAP commodities and other donated foods not just to elderly,
disabled, and low-income adults, but directly to children through the
A modest infusion of other resources helped get the effort underway. Pilot
funding from the now-defunct Community Food and Nutrition Program (CFNP) was
used to purchase backpacks and other basic foods that kids could carry home
on the bus at the end of each school week. And "Volunteers came out of the
woodwork to help assemble the backpacks and deliver the food to the
schools," Kimball noted.
Food For Kids offers items that children say they like and will eat -
cereal, dry or shelf-stable milk, soup and crackers, tuna, canned or fresh
fruit, and nutritious snacks such as pudding cups, raisins, trail mix, and
granola bars. Nutrition fliers and simple instructions, geared to a
second-grade reading level, accompany the foods. "Kids themselves will even
call in their own recipes or tell us which foods they don't like," said
The Tuolumne program still serves a fairly modest 700 or so children a week,
but now reaches a significant 83 percent of low-income children in the poor
rural county it serves. More importantly, similar programs have
proliferated in urban as well as rural areas across the country. An
Oklahoma City backpack program, recently featured in USA Today, is reaching
7,500 students at 250 elementary schools, according to the Regional Food
Bank of Oklahoma. The Food For Kids program run by the Arkansas Rice Depot
in Little Rock helps ameliorate weekend hunger for 18,000 children in 502
schools across the state and distributes school supplies and personal care
items as well as food.
Backpack programs can now be found in 40 states and the District of Columbia
aiding approximately 50,000 children a week, according to America's Second
Harvest, the national food bank network. And those numbers continue to
grow. Second Harvest announced on September 13, 2007 that part of a $4
million contribution from the Wal-Mart Foundation would help initiate
backpack programs at an additional 24 food banks nationwide and allow 33
other food banks to expand their current backpack efforts.
Hunger among children is abated in many different ways by backpack programs.
Some children take the food home and squirrel it away for themselves, while
others proudly share the bounty with their siblings. "What makes backpack
programs so successful," said Lee Kimball, "is that the kids own the food."
Taking credit I: A full 93 percent of Americans own a credit card today,
compared to just 51 percent in 1970.
Taking credit II: The average cardholder has seven credit cards.
Where credit is due I: The typical American household owes $9,659 in credit
Where credit is due II: The average American family must dedicate 14
percent of its disposable income to paying off its debts.
Poor credits: One-third of low- and middle-income American households say
they use their credit cards to pay for rent, utilities, and food.
Taking too much credit: Americans owe a total of $850 billion in credit
card debt, more than twice as much as the combined debt of the world's 54
An interesting article about competitive food restrictions...
San Francisco Chronicle
Some schools, students make a hash of anti-junk food law
Stacy Finz, Chronicle Staff Writer <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>
Friday, September 28, 2007
Despite a new law designed to ban the sale of junk food at California
schools, the kiosk at Santa Clara High is stocked with chocolate-chip
cookies, the lunch window at Novato High serves up potato chips, and the
concession stand at Albany High is doing a booming business in Cheetos.
But don't call the food police. All three districts are in compliance
with the state law that requires snacks and individual entrees sold on
campus to contain fewer calories and less fat and sugar.
It seems that while kids were preparing to go back to school this fall,
food manufacturers were busy re-creating their products - shrinking
portions, eliminating trans fats and baking instead of frying - to make
them meet the requirements of the Food Nutrition Standards Bill by July
The statute is intended to improve students' diets by nudging them into
eating a well-rounded healthful lunch. But so far, that goal has proved
elusive. Some campuses, such as Piedmont Middle School, appear to be
ignoring the regulations altogether. And others let kids make a meal of
revamped snack foods.
According to food industry statistics, in the last year more than 10,000
products have been either introduced or reformulated to contain less fat
and sugar. Now, snacks such as Nutter Butters, Rice Krispies Treats,
nacho-flavored Baked Doritos and barbecue Corn Nuts comply with the
school nutrition standards.
Although these products meet the letter of the law, do they meet the
"Taking away a little fat and a little sugar does not convert highly
processed foods into healthful foods," said Marion Nestle, professor of
food studies and public health at New York University and author of
"What to Eat." "The kids are still eating junk foods. They are just
better-for-you junk foods, and put quotes around 'better-for-you.' "
The legislation, passed in 2005 as Senate Bill 12, was carried by former
Sen. Martha Escutia, D-Montebello (Los Angeles County), and sponsored by
the California Center for Public Health Advocacy, Gov. Arnold
Schwarzenegger and the California School Boards Association. It was
intended to reduce childhood obesity and diseases associated with poor
nutrition by ridding schools of empty-calorie snacks and fattening
No longer, officials hoped, would kids be able to make a lunch out of a
bag or two of Doritos from a campus vending machine or a couple of
cookies from the snack cart. Ideally, officials anticipated that the
snack bars on campus would be shuttered. The idea was that, without junk
food, students would be lured into the cafeteria, where a full meal
approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture awaited.
But Bay Area kids are still making lunches out of pizza, cookies and
chips - albeit mostly baked ones - because those items continue to be
Taylor Keating, a seventh grader at Piedmont Middle School, bought a
mini-pizza for lunch from the concession stand on campus earlier this
week. But there are times, she said, when she'll skip the entree
altogether and spend some of her lunch money on a bag of chips.
"One of my friends always eats chips and cookies for lunch," she said.
"Her parents are really into being healthy, so that's her only chance to
get junk food."
Food manufacturers won't talk about how they've reformulated their
products for proprietary reasons, but companies such as Frito-Lay,
Kellogg's and Kraft Foods all have snack lines that comply with the new
law. They say they, too, want to fight the battle of the bulge, but they
don't want to deprive consumers of choice.
"The industry is committed to providing products that promote health and
wellness," said Robert Earl, senior director for nutrition policy at the
Grocery Manufacturers Association, a trade group. "Companies are doing
everything from portion packs to baked chips."
In order to adhere to California nutrition requirements, snacks sold in
middle and high schools can have no more than 250 calories; in
elementary schools, snacks must be 175 calories or less. No more than 35
percent of the snack's calories can come from fat and no more than 10
percent from saturated fat. Sugar is limited to 35 percent by weight.
Fruit, vegetables, nuts, legumes, nut butters, seeds, eggs and cheese
are excluded from the regulations, as is food brought from home.
Individually sold entrees such as pizza, burritos and hamburgers can't
be more than 400 calories, with a maximum of 4 grams of fat per 100
calories. The law does not limit how many snacks or entrees students can
buy at a time.
In addition, half of the drinks sold on high school campuses must be
juice, water and low-fat or non-fat milk. In 2009 all soda will be
banned (it already is banned from elementary and middle schools). The
sale of sugary athletic drinks is still permitted.
"The standards are some of the most rigorous in the country," says
Phyllis Bramson-Paul, California Department of Education's director of
nutrition services. She says that the California statute is a model for
other agencies, including the Institute of Medicine, which is part of
the National Academy of Sciences. The institute, at the behest of
Congress, published its own recommendations for school snacks in July.
They resemble California's but are even stricter, suggesting that fruit,
vegetables, whole grains and low-fat or non-fat dairy be the only snacks
sold on campus.
NYU's Nestle, a leading nutrition expert, warns that policies like
California's, dictated by fat, sugar and calorie content, sometimes are
rife with problems. The reality, she says, is that foods with minimal
nutrition value squeak in under the wire.
Harold Goldstein, executive director of the California Center for Public
Health Advocacy and one of the designers of the statute, countered that
even had the state's lawmakers eliminated individual foods from schools,
manufacturers still would have found ways to sneak them back in.
"If we had banned candy bars, the manufacturers would have said, 'This
isn't a candy bar, this is a brownie. If we had banned brownies, they
would have said, 'This isn't a brownie, it's a cookie.' If we had banned
cookies, they would have said, 'This is bread.'
"What's really important for parents and students to understand is that
these are not healthy food standards," Goldstein said. "They were meant
to weed out the worst of the worst."
Bramson-Paul said the overall goal is to move kids away from the a la
carte items to a balanced meal.
"If snack foods become less appealing or nonexistent, the cafeteria gets
a second look," she said.
But to make that happen, school districts have to work at it. Some,
including San Francisco and Berkeley, started purging their halls of
junk food even before SB12 passed. Others, like Piedmont, are still
serving foods that are too fattening - Pop Tarts containing 400
calories, potato chips with more than 50 percent calories from fat and
Sun Chips with 38 percent calories from fat.
"Our parent club runs the food concession," said Piedmont Middle School
principal Jeanne Donovan. "They are having their first meeting next week
to look at how we can move toward these guidelines. In the meantime, we
are serving more healthful foods and will continue to."
Amy Honigman-Tobe, president of Piedmont Middle School's parents club,
said the club just does the accounting for the program and is not
qualified to make nutrition decisions.
The Legislature did not spell out how to penalize districts that break
the law, said Bramson-Paul, adding that offenders at least will be
required to submit a corrective-action plan. But discovering which
schools are noncompliant could prove difficult. The Department of
Education has money for only one monitor, who works out of Sacramento
and primarily tracks schools in the San Joaquin Valley.
For some districts that are adhering to the rules, getting rid of snacks
and individually sold items has been difficult - especially because
campus food-service programs are pressured to at least break even. The
cafeteria competes with sack lunches brought from home, and schools with
open campuses contend with students heading out to nearby fast-food
joints and convenience stores.
At Mill Valley's Mount Tamalpais Elementary School, instead of serving
cafeteria lunches, the Parent-Teacher Association sells meals purchased
from popular local restaurants. They say the kids like the food.
Bramson-Paul is not pleased, however, saying that a steady diet of
restaurant food is unlikely to meet either the requirements of the
balanced federal lunch program or the new state law.
Jane McDonough, a principal in the district and food liaison between the
PTA and the schools, argued that her schools not only comply with the
new regulations but adhere to the USDA's lunch standard of a balanced
meal of 640 calories.
At Palo Alto High School, on any given lunch break you can find more
than half of the student body at the shopping center across the street
buying candy, burritos, deli sandwiches, pizza and French pastries.
"The food here isn't too good," freshman Renel Sun said about the
offerings at her school. "The only thing I buy are the chocolate-chip
cookies. I can't get them across the street."
It's no wonder that the district's lunch program has been running at a
significant loss for some time, said Greg Lynch, Palo Alto Unified
School District's new food services director.
"I'd just as soon that we didn't sell potato chips on campus," he said.
"I'd rather sell fruit and vegetables." But Lynch says that in order to
compete, he has to keep the a la carte program going.
Miguel Villarreal, director of the Novato Unified School District, has
been making lunches for students with organic produce as part of the
Farm-to-School program, supplied to by local growers. He hopes to
eventually get rid of the baked potato chips and sell more vegetables
Albany Unified School District's executive chef Clell Hoffman says next
month he'll stop selling individual entrees on campus. He wants to steer
kids to the cafeteria's hot lunch and the more healthful fruit cups,
salads and yogurts. But the chips and cookies will stay. Hoffman's
philosophy is that eating a treat during the school day isn't going to
"There's such a thing as comfort food," he said. "The emotional
satisfaction you get from a snack while you're at school all day trying
to learn is just as important as any physical benefits."
Juan Cordon, food service consultant at Santa Clara Unified School
District, said in the last few years he's been trying to push kids into
eating a full cafeteria lunch and no longer sells the worst of the a la
carte offenders like corn dogs and cheeseburgers. But to keep
financially afloat, he has to keep selling low-calorie cookies and baked
"If we were completely subsidized we could turn the whole thing around,"
he said. "Unfortunately, however, there's not as much money in selling
salads and homemade granola."
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California's School Food Nutrition Standards Bill (formerly SB12) went
into effect on July 1. Here are the highlights:
-- Snacks sold in middle and high schools must be 250 calories or less;
in elementary schools, they must be 175 calories or less.
-- Fat can account for no more than 35 percent of a snack's calories.
-- Saturated fat can account for no more than 10 percent of a snack's
-- Sugar can be no more than 35 percent by weight.
-- Fruit, vegetables, nuts, legumes, nut butters, seeds, eggs and cheese
are excluded from the regulations, as is food brought from home.
-- Individually sold entrees such as pizza, burritos and hamburgers must
be 400 calories or less, with no more than 4 grams of fat per 100
-- Other state law bans sale of soda in elementary and middle schools,
although it can still be sold in high schools. Sugary athletic drinks
are permitted. However, half of the drinks sold in high schools must be
juice, water or low-fat or nonfat milk. In 2009, all soda sales will be
banned from high schools.
Manufacturers won't say exactly how they reformulated the product, but
they shrunk portions, reduced calories, fat and sugar.
School nutrition resources
For previous Chronicle stories about school nutrition, see the links
with this story on sfgate.com.
-- For a summary of the School Food Nutrition Standards Bill, go to
-- The California Center for Public Health Advocacy:
-- California Department of Education: cde.ca.gov
-- Federal nutrition standards: mypyramid.gov
-- Institute of Medicine recommendations: iom.edu
-- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov
What you can do to support the law
If you suspect that a school may be out of compliance with state
1 First, determine if the food or beverage is being sold outside of the
USDA meal program (for example, in the student store, as a fundraiser,
in the snack bar, from a vending machine or as an a la carte item) and
during school hours.
2 Next, obtain a copy of the school's wellness policy to determine if
competitive food sales (those sold outside of the meal program),
including fundraisers, are addressed in the policy.
3 If so, contact the person the district has put in charge of monitoring
compliance with the district's wellness policy.
4 If the issue cannot be resolved at the local level, or if the district
wellness policy does not mention "competitive" foods, contact
NSDEXEC(a)cde.ca.gov to determine if the product in question is allowable
or if the issue needs to be addressed by the California Department of
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Hi All – please see the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) request below for
programs/policies to address childhood obesity. Please contact Nicola
Dawkins (contact info at end of message) should you have any questions or
wish to submit a program or policy.
Tracy A. Fox, MPH, RD
President, Food, Nutrition & Policy Consultants, LLC
5927 Beech Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20817
Childhood Obesity Control Initiative-- Program Nomination Request -
Submission deadline October 26, 2007
We are seeking nominations for programs or policies that fall into the
following 3 areas: 1) comprehensive school physical activity programs, 2)
after school/daycare programs addressing obesity, and 3) increasing access
to fresh foods in low SES inner city communities.
As the search for answers to effectively address childhood obesity
continues, organizations and communities across the country are
experimenting with various strategies aimed at changing children’s
environments to reduce the incidence of obesity. The Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation (RWJF), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC)
Division of Adolescent and School Health, Division of Nutrition, Physical
Activity and Obesity, Prevention Research Centers Program Office, and the
CDC Foundation are undertaking a 2-year collaborative project to identify
and assess local-level programs and policies that have been implemented with
apparent notable success to improve the eating habits and physical activity
levels of children. Macro International Inc. serves as the coordinating
center for the project.
The goal of this project is to conduct evaluability assessments, which are
"pre" evaluations to determine if a program is promising and ready for a
more rigorous full evaluation. The first round of evaluability assessments
is currently underway and we are preparing for the second round. Similar to
the first round, we will be aiming to conduct 10 assessments in each of the
A program that has not been rigorously evaluated can be considered for an
evaluability assessment. Once a nominated program is chosen by our Expert
Panel, the evaluability assessment consists of a 3-day site visit where
trained project staff assess program implementation, data collection, and
program outcomes. As part of the site visit, a limited amount of on-site
technical assistance will be provided to each site.
Please see the text below which explains the project and the topic areas in
The submission deadline is Friday, October 26, 2007.
Types of Programs and Policies Sought
NOTE: We are seeking innovative programs and policies addressing the
physical, economic, or social environment (NOT individual behavior
interventions). Additionally, they should not have already undergone
1) Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs
A comprehensive school physical activity program includes a physical
education component and opportunities for students to be physically active
during and outside of school. Such opportunities include recess, physical
activity breaks and movement during instruction, intramurals or physical
activity clubs, interscholastic sports, and walk and bike to school
If you are nominating a comprehensive school physical activity program, the
description on the last page of this document should include the following
details about the program:
-A description of the physical education component of the program (i.e.,
indicate the number of days physical education is offered and for how long
each class period is offered; provide an overview of the physical education
curriculum that describes the grade levels covered, the major goals of the
curriculum, and the relationship to standards; and describe the policy that
addresses waivers or exemptions for student participation); and
-A description of physical activity opportunities available to ALL students
and the frequency with which these opportunities are offered (e.g., recess
is offered daily to all elementary students, regardless of grade, gender, or
2) After school or Daycare programs or policies
An after school or daycare center program/policy which enhances nutrition
and physical activity opportunities in children ages 3 – 17. If you are
nominating an after school or daycare program/policy, the description on the
last page of this document should include the intensity (e.g., moderate or
vigorous) and duration (how many minutes per session) of physical activity
that is offered, any rules on screen time, and any nutritional guidelines
-After school: Organizations that provide activities to school-age children
(grades K-12). These may be school-affiliated, public, private, or
faith-based programs. The program or policy nominated ideally must include
60 minutes of physical activity per day.
-Daycare: Facilities where licensed operators supervise and protect children
in the absence of a parent or legal guardian. The defining factor for a
daycare center is that they are licensed facilities by the state. A
nominated program or policy ideally must include 60 minutes of physical
activity per day, allow additional time for free play, limit screen time
(i.e., how frequently children watch TV, videos, etc), and offer high
quality nutritional meals and snacks.
3) Access to healthier foods in supermarkets/convenience stores/restaurants
A supermarket/convenience store/restaurant program or policy which enhances
food choices for community residents. The program or policy needs to improve
access for community residents to affordable, higher quality, less
calorie-dense foods (see examples below). If you are nominating a
program/policy in this category, the description on the last page of this
document should describe the particular change that is taking place and the
population the program is serving.
-Restaurants offering healthier items, menu nutrient labeling, offering
healthier children’s menus
-Supermarkets being offered tax/financial incentives to locate in
-Supermarkets/convenience stores/restaurants changing the composition of
products sold to include healthier items.
To nominate a program or policy for review, please provide the following
information to Nicola Dawkins (HYPERLINK
ational.com; 404-321-3688 fax; 404-321-3211 phone)
Submission Deadline: October 26, 2007
Program or Policy Title:
What Type of Program or Policy?
Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program
After School/Daycare Program or Policy
Food Access Program or Policy
Location of Program or Policy (city, state, school, district if applicable):
Program or Policy Contact (name, phone number, email):
Your Contact Information (name, phone number, email):
Program or Policy Description: please describe the program/policy components
as specified above and why you are nominating this program/policy for
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We are pleased to introduce Think Healthy! a program bringing children
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For those attending FNCE this next week, this issue of JHEN will be
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showcase on Monday, October 1 in the Philadelphia Convention Center.
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