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Improving Nutrition for America's Children Act

2010-06-11

Statement from American Dietetic Association on "Improving Nutrition for America's Children Act"

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 Judith C. Rodriguez, following release of the “Improving Nutrition for America’s Children Act” by U.S. Rep. George Miller (D.-Calif.), chair of the House Education and Labor Committee.

“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 Chairman Miller for his comprehensive and bipartisan legislative proposal, which represents an excellent start to strengthening child nutrition programs.

“ADA particularly applauds provisions that expand nutrition standards to all foods sold in schools; strengthen nutrition education in child nutrition programs; increase meal reimbursement rates for meals meeting specific nutrition standards; and bolster nutrition guidance for child care providers.

“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. The American Dietetic Association will continue to work toward passing legislation that meets these goals and calls on the House to find funding for the chairman’s proposals that improve nutrition quality and expand program access. 

“Congress must complete Child Nutrition Reauthorization this summer in order for program benefits to reach children in the 2010-2011 school year.”

Improving children’s nutrition and health is a 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.

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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.