Saturday, December 8, 2007

ACTION ALERT: S.771, Support School Nutrition

Although I have no children, I think we can all agree that good, nutritious food is an integral part in helping our kids grow into healthy young adults. We all know that childhood obesity is a major problem in this country, and the unhealthy food served in schools these days simply exacerbates that problem. We also know that for most poor families school breakfasts and lunches are sometimes the only balanced meals those children get, so making those meals as healthful as possible would seem a no-brainer. Children need wholesome food for brain power, doesn't it make sense to ensure that they get all they need to grow up to be productive members of society?

So, step in S.771, the Child Nutrition Promotion and School Lunch Protection Act, a bi-partisan bill which would change the definition of "food of minimal nutritional value", and update nutritional standards in U.S. Schools. The last time it was updated was in 1979! Almost 30 years ago, when we were far less aware of the importance of good nutrition on health.

The Natural Products Association has sent out the following information regarding the bill:

Child Nutrition Act Added to 2007 Farm Bill

The Natural Products Association has been a strong supporter of S. 771, the Child Nutrition Promotion and School Lunch Protection Act. Introduced by Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), this act would updateout-of-date nutritional standards in U.S. schools, and re-define "food of minimal nutritional value." The definition was last updated in 1979. Since then, Americans' food options and knowledge about nutrition has changed dramatically. It's time that change was reflected in the definition.

Recently, Senator Harkin and Senator Murkowski (R-Alaska) worked together to add an amendment similar in language to S.771 to the 2007 Farm Bill under a series of provisions aimed at improving nutrition in the United States. Unfortunately, the Farm Bill is currently stalled in the Senate under the threat of filibuster. While Senators Harkin and Murkowski are doing everything they can to get this legislation off the ground, they need the support of their fellow senators to get this important amendment back on track.

If a senator has already sponsored S. 771, that is an indication that they would be supportive of the amendment in the Farm Bill. If they are not sponsors, that is all the more reason to ask for their support for this important amendment.

The association is asking its members (and others) to help by taking Action! The link has much information on how to contact your senators and whether they have signed on or not.

Remember the youth of today will be the leaders of tomorrow.

Crossposted at Confessions of a Closet Republican.


MondaythroughSunday said...
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MondaythroughSunday said...

All for good nutrition....!!! I try to stay away from processed foods and have gone totally whole wheat with my children. They had a problem at first but now prefer it. It can be conflicting because my son and daughter do eat at school. I did make lunches but found due to peer pressure and what the others were eating they would bring food home and would hardly would be nice to have a better selection at school. That said..I think eating right does start at home though.....

Incognito said...

Hey Monday! As I said in my other blog, I think it's wonderful how your children have come to prefer the whole wheat. It's amazing how adaptable kids are when they don't have peer pressure.

I remember making this carob mousse pie with tofu and carob (because I don't eat chocolate) and serving it to a family with 2 young kids. The kids ate half of it and had no clue it was made of tofu. It's all in the preparation.

MondaythroughSunday said...

Totally agree with you!! My kids love turkey burgers and lots of other should see my spice cabinet...I got a good selection going on. We went to Cracker Barrel recently, a used to be favorite and my kids ordered the sausage gravy...most of my kids could not eat it because they did not like the white biscuits..I was sad we payed for the food...but happy that they had such a change in tastes. They prefer the brown rice, brown pasta and brown they say! LoL...they will eat when they get hungry!

Incognito said...

Hey Monday.. Before I became a veggie (well, quasi, cos I do eat some fish) I switched to turkey burger and loved it. Tasted no different than minced meat. I bet if you made a meatloaf with veggie burger your kids would never know the difference.

And that's amazing they couldn't eat the food at Cracker Barrel and that they prefer the brown rice etc. It really does taste better. has a sort of nutty taste to it.

Amazing how one can get used to anything, including kids.