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ADA Praises House Committee’s Support of Improving Nutrition for America’s Children Act

2010-07-15

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

CHICAGO – The American Dietetic Association commends the House Education and Labor Committee for its bipartisan support on Thursday, July 15, of H.R. 5504, the Improving Nutrition for America’s Children Act that reauthorizes the nation’s crucial child nutrition programs. The bill now goes to the full House for a vote.

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 calls on Congress and the Administration to complete Child Nutrition Reauthorization this summer. This legislation is a key opportunity to help reach national goals to end child hunger by 2015 and solve child obesity in a generation.

“ADA particularly applauds the addition today of a provision that establishes national professional standards for school nutrition personnel,” said registered dietitian and American Dietetic Association President Judith C. Rodriguez. “The right team of skilled people is integral to schools providing appealing and nutritious food to children that they will eat and appreciate. It is not simple to balance student satisfaction with nutritional needs and to do so cost-effectively.

“Registered dietitians and dietetic technicians, registered are uniquely qualified to interpret the standards and translate them into meaningful local nutrition standards and goals with a sensitivity to local cultural and ethnic diversity with tasty and acceptable foods,” Rodriguez said.

ADA also supports 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.

The Child Nutrition Reauthorization covers programs and initiatives, reaching millions of children, in which ADA members who are specialists in public health nutrition provide unique expert services including schools, WIC, child-care settings and after-school programs.

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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 on 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 teachers 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.