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USDA announces improved nutrition standards for school meals

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, together with First Lady Michelle Obama, announced improved nutrition standards for school meals on January 25, 2012. The new requirements, part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, are the first updates to make school breakfasts and lunches healthier in more than 15 years.

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  • Comparison of Current Requirements and New Recommendations (PDF, HTML)
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  • Report Brief (PDF, HTML)
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Dept. of Education, HHS Competition Aims to Improve Early Learning Programs

The 2008 IOM/NRC report, Early Childhood Assessment: Why, What, and How?, determined important development outcomes for young children – such as social and emotional development, physical well-being, and language development – and made recommendations on how those outcomes should be evaluated in early childhood care and education. On May 25, 2011, the Departments of Education and Health and Human Services launched a new competition, Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge, to spur states to improve the quality of early learning programs. Among other competition requirements, states will be challenged to increase the number of low-income and disadvantaged children enrolled in early learning programs and align any assessments with recommendations from the IOM report.

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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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  • Comparison of Current Requirements and New Recommendations (PDF, HTML)
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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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  • Comparison of Current Requirements and New Recommendations (PDF, HTML)
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  • Report Brief (PDF, HTML)
  • Report Recommendations (HTML)
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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)
  • Fact Sheet: Report Overview (PDF)
  • Fact Sheet: Significant Growth in New Food Products Targeted to U.S. Children and Youth, 1994 to 2004 (PDF)
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