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House Called On to Pass Child Nutrition Act before Deadline

2010-09-24

American Dietetic Association Strongly Encourages House to Pass Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act Before Legislation Expires September 30

Media Contact: Ryan O'Malley
800/877-1600, ext. 4769
media@eatright.org

CHICAGO – The American Dietetic Association strongly encourages the House of Representatives to pass the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act before the legislation expires September 30, to ensure that children are have access to nutritious meals needed to stay healthy and succeed in school.

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. 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 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.

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.

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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.