Nutrition Policy in the News! September 2016 Update

Submitted by Public Policy Committee Members Mary Broe and Noereem Mena

Local/State Level

Updates since PPW 2016:

  • RIAND’s Public Policy Committee has met with Senator Whitehouse’s and Senator Reed’s Legislative Assistants since PPW 2016. These meetings were to discuss the three bills highlighted at the workshop back in June (Treat and Reduce Obesity Act, Preventing Diabetes in Medicare, and the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill 2016).
  • The next in district meeting will be with Congressman Cicilline and his staff on Friday, September 2nd from 930-10am. Location: 1070 Main St #300, Pawtucket, RI 02860.
  • The RIAND Public Policy Committee has finalized their work plan for the year 2016-2017, and will be submitted to Teresa Nece, MS RDN LD SNS, the director of grassroots advocacy for the AND on Thursday, September 1st.

Check out the Rhode Island Food Policy (RIFPC) council’s food plan!

  • The RIFPC released a new report on the RI Food System in July.
  • The report focuses on exploring the multiple components of our state’s food system, focusing on the relationship between “local food, public health, the environment, and economic growth in the state of Rhode Island”.
  • This report comes at a very critical time in our state, as it prepares to develop its first statewide food plan.
  • To access the full report, click here

Federal Level

USDA Announces Four Final Rules for HHFKA – AND summary

  • Only July 22nd, 2016, the USDA released the final four rules of Healthy, Hunger-Free, Kids Act (HHFKA) to implement provisions that will enable schools to make their school nutrition environment even healthier.
  • The four rules finalized: Smart Snacks in School, Local School Wellness Policy, Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), and the Administrative Review.
  • What does this all mean?
    • Snacks sold during the school day will have to align to the science-based guidelines made to both breakfasts and lunches; the local school wellness policy will ensure that food or beverages marketed on school grounds meets the Smart Snacks standards; the CEP final ruling will allow schools and other local education agencies in high poverty areas to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students, regardless of individual income level, reducing the administrative burden on both schools and families; the administrative review ruling will update the monitoring process of federally-funded school meal programs used by state agencies.