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ADA Praises Officials' Support of Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act

2010-03-25

Statement by ADA president on Senate Agriculture Committee reauthorizing child nutrition programs

Media Contacts: Ryan O'Malley, Allison MacMunn
800/877-1600, ext. 4769, 4802 media@eatright.org

CHICAGO – The following is a statement by registered dietitian and American Dietetic Association President Jessie M. Pavlinac, MS, RD, CSR, LD,  following action by the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry in support of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

“The American Dietetic Association is a strong advocate for policies that will improve the lives of Americans through food and nutrition strategies, and few if any issues matter more than the health of our nation’s children. ADA commends the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry for its unanimous, bipartisan support of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 reauthorizing child nutrition programs.

“The committee’s support for this bill is an excellent start to strengthening child nutrition programs. ADA is pleased the committee invested in legislative goals that will improve nutrition quality and expand program access.

“ADA particularly applauds provisions that expand nutrition standards to all foods sold in schools; increase meal reimbursement rates for meals meeting specific nutrition standards; strengthen nutrition guidance for child care providers; fund research on childhood hunger and child nutrition programs; and establish qualification standards for school nutrition directors.

“ADA further commends the committee for investing $4.5 billion in new child nutrition program funding over the next 10 years. We look forward to building on that investment and reaching President Obama’s proposal of $10 billion in new funding for the programs.

“A strong Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill is a key step in addressing the health concerns of our nation’s children, including hunger, childhood obesity and poor diet quality. ADA will continue to work toward passing legislation that meets these goals and calls on Congress to make completing Child Nutrition Reauthorization a priority.”

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Improving children’s nutrition and health is a high priority of the American Dietetic Association and its members. The ADA Foundation, American Council for Fitness and Nutrition and PE4life have joined together to deliver the Healthy Schools Partnership program, working together to offer long-term solutions to the youth obesity epidemic. The program places registered dietitians in schools as “RD Nutrition Coaches,” working with physical education coaches to help children change eating behaviors with short, one-on-one sessions while being physically active. For more information on the program, visit www.eatright.org/foundation.

The American Dietetic Association is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. ADA is committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. Visit the American Dietetic Association at www.eatright.org.