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The latest news from HMD, including information about new reports, activities, meetings, and other noteworthy events.


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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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Walmart announces "Great for You" front-of-package symbol

Walmart rolled out a new icon on February 7, 2012, to help its customers identify healthier foods. The "Great for You" symbol will appear on packaging for foods that meet nutritional criteria established by the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the FDA, the USDA, and the IOM, beginning with Walmart’s Great Value, Marketside food items, and fruits and vegetables.

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Walmart Commits to Improve the Health of Its Food Products

Walmart announced on January 20, 2011, that it would work to provide healthier food choices and make those foods more affordable to consumers. Walmart will reformulate many packaged foods to reduce sodium and added sugars, and eliminate trans fats by 2015. The company references the IOM in its rationale for sodium and trans fat reduction.

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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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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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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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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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