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President Signs Law to Overhaul School Meals

President Obama signed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (S.3307) on December 13, 2010, giving food in schools a nutritional overhaul. The legislation includes a number of recommendations from the IOM report School Meals: Building Blocks for Healthy Children.

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Number of HIV/AIDS Cases in Sub-Saharan Africa Expected to Greatly Outpace Treatment Resources by 2020; Urgent Need to Ramp Up Prevention
Released: 11/29/2010

The number of people infected with HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa is projected to far outstrip available resources for treatment by the end of the decade, forcing African nations to make difficult choices about how to allocate inadequate supplies of lifesaving antiretroviral therapy (ART), says a new IOM report.

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IOM Reports Provide Science-Based Foundation for Efforts to Curb Childhood Obesity

The IOM has provided the evidence for steps and strategies that can work to reduce the nation's rate of childhood obesity in a series of reports reviewing various facets of obesity prevention. The IOM's study results underscore that preventing childhood obesity requires a multifaceted effort that involves multiple responsible parties -- health care providers, parents, schools, local, state, and federal government officials, and the food and beverage industries -- working in concert to be successful.

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School Meal Providers Pledge to Meet IOM Nutrition Standards

In February 2010, food service companies ARAMARK, Sodexo, and Chartwells, who provide students with breakfasts and lunches at schools across the U.S., announced they would meet the IOM's recommended school meal standards for fat, sugar, whole grains, and sodium.

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African Science Academies Gather in Ghana
Released: 11/9/2009

The fifth annual conference of the African Science Academy Development Initiative is under way in Accra, Ghana. The three-day event will focus on how expert advice from science academies and others can guide policies aimed at reducing maternal, newborn, and child mortality in sub-Saharan Africa. The opening ceremony began with video messages by science and policy leaders from around the world, congratulating the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences on its 50th anniversary, and emphasizing the importance of evidence-based advice in the policymaking process.

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Disney and Cartoon Network Pledge to Support Child Nutrition

Both the Walt Disney Company and the Cartoon Network pledged to stop using their cartoon characters to advertise food products for children that are high in calorie sand low in nutrients, after publication of the IOM reports Food Marketing to Children and Youth: Threat or Opportunity? and Nutrition Standards for Foods in Schools: Leading the way Toward Healthier Youth.

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  • Fact Sheet: Glossary of Terms (PDF)
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  • Fact Sheet: Significant Growth in New Food Products Targeted to U.S. Children and Youth, 1994 to 2004 (PDF)
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