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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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IOM Report Sets New Dietary Intake Levels for Calcium and Vitamin D To Maintain Health and Avoid Risks Associated With Excess
Released: 11/30/2010

Most Americans and Canadians up to age 70 need no more than 600 international units (IUs) of vitamin D per day to maintain health, and those 71 and older may need as much as 800 IUs, says a new IOM report.

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  • DRIs for Calcium and Vitamin D (HTML)
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Calcium and Vitamin D – Updated Dietary Reference Intakes From IOM
Released: 11/19/2010

Vitamin D and calcium have been the focus of much research since the IOM set nutritional reference values for them in 1997. Known as Dietary Reference Intakes, the values for these and other nutrients serve as a guide for good nutrition and provide the scientific basis for the development of food guidelines in both the United States and Canada. Updated DRIs for these two nutrients are presented in a new IOM report, Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium and Vitamin D, which will be released on Tuesday, November 30.

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Changes Needed to Improve Nutrition of Meals and Snacks Provided Through Federally Supported Day Care Food Program For Children and Adults
Released: 11/4/2010

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  • Recommended Daily Meal Patterns for Breakfast, Lunch/Supper, and Snacks, Number of Servings and Range of Serving Sizes (HTML)
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Changes to Day Care Meals Recommended by New IOM Report
Released: 10/26/2010

Roughly 3 million children and 114,000 functionally impaired adults and other adults over age 60 received meals and snacks at day care facilities through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) in 2010. Child and Adult Care Food Programs: Aligning Dietary Guidance for All, a new report from the Institute of Medicine, recommends changes to bring CACFP’s meal requirements into line with current nutrition science and dietary guidelines. The report will be released with a one-hour telephone briefing on Thursday, Nov. 4.

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Report Pinpoints Nutrients of Greatest Concern for Front-of-Package Symbols
Released: 10/13/2010

Nutrition rating systems and symbols on the fronts of food packaging would be most useful to consumers if they highlighted four nutrients of greatest concern – calories, saturated fat, trans fat, and sodium – says a new report from the IOM

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BP Provides the National Institutes of Health with $10 Million for Research on Oil Spill Health Effects

On September 7, 2010, BP announced it would provide $10 million to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to expedite work on the research priorities identified at the IOM’s workshop, “Assessing the Human Health Effects of the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill.”

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FDA Should Adopt Risk-Based Approach to Food Safety and Take Steps to Prevent Foodborne Illnesses More Effectively
Released: 6/8/2010

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's abilities to discover potential threats to food safety and prevent outbreaks of foodborne illness are hampered by impediments to efficient use of its limited resources and a piecemeal approach to gathering and using information on risks, says a new report by the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council.

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FDA Should Set Standards for Salt Added to Processed Foods, Prepared Meals
Released: 4/20/2010

Reducing Americans' excessive sodium consumption requires establishing new federal standards for the amount of salt that food manufacturers, restaurants, and food service companies can add to their products, says the IOM's report Strategies to Reduce Sodium Intake in the United States.

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Embargo Lifted: IOM Report on Reducing Sodium Intakes
Released: 4/20/2010

The embargo has been lifted on Strategies to Reduce Sodium Intake in the United States, a new report by the Institute of MedicineThe embargo has been lifted on Strategies to Reduce Sodium Intake in the United States, a new report by the Institute of Medicine The embargo has been lifted on Strategies to Reduce Sodium Intake in the United States, a new report by the Institute of Medicine that says reducing Americans' excessive sodium consumption requires new federal standards for the amount of salt in foods.

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