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Nutrition Action Alert

May 9, 2012

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Breakfast at the Best Time and Place
CFPA Legislative Update
LA County Launches CalFresh Awareness Month
Breakfast at the Best Time and Place

The federal School Breakfast Program provides a rare trifecta of benefits: it fosters academic achievement, routes federal funds to public school districts, and supports student health, including healthy body weight. Recent concerns that some students may be eating two breakfasts (one at school and one elsewhere) have called into question the benefits of serving Classroom Breakfast. While there are currently no robust studies that show the extent and impact of students eating “double breakfast” through the Classroom Breakfast model, the detriment of missing breakfast is incontrovertible.

·         Students who don’t eat breakfast are more likely to be obese or overweight compared with their peers who eat breakfast.

·         Students who don’t eat breakfast demonstrate poorer cognitive function than their more well-nourished peers.

·         Students who don’t eat breakfast have overall diets that are less healthy compared with students who eat breakfast.

·         Moreover, research shows that breakfasts served at school are often more nutritious than breakfasts served at home or elsewhere.

Access study citations and read CFPA’s full statement on Classroom Breakfast. link

CFPA Legislative Update

AB 1872 (Alejo)
AB 1872 Improving Child Care Nutrition was heard in the Assembly Committee on Appropriations on Wednesday, May 9. Due to estimated costs, the bill was moved to the suspense file. CFPA is working with the author and committee staff to ensure that all possible steps are taken to move AB 1872 to the Assembly Floor.

Contact Ellen at 510.301.0824 or Elyse at 619.501.8248

Learn more about AB 1872. link

Los Angeles County Launches CalFresh Awareness Month

CFPA, along many community partners, is looking forward to the exciting activities planned for the Los Angeles Department of Social Services CalFresh Awareness Month beginning on May 1, 2012. LA DPSS is sponsoring numerous events throughout LA County that will provide information and visibility in order to increase CalFresh participation among eligible families.

Learn more about CalFresh Awareness Month. link

If you are in the Los Angeles area, we hope that you partake in one of the events. Take a look at the LA DPSS calendar of events. PDF

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