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Nutrition Action Alert

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FRIDAY, january 7, 2011

Support a Move to Semiannual Reporting in California!

Sign the Letter to USDA in Support of SAR

The Campaign for Six Month Reporting is requesting that USDA:

Considering the recent introduction of AB 6 (Fuentes)... set a drop dead date of January 1st, 2012 by which California will no longer operate the current reporting waiver #2030030, and will either have SAR in state statute and have moved toward implementation or will have reprogrammed the current reporting systems to follow federal quarterly reporting law.

Read the letter and sign-on here.

Please sign-on by January 21st, 2011 to include your organizational or personal support for this effort.

Questions about the Campaign and SAR? 

Contact our campaign co-chairs:

Jessica Jones, LA Regional Food Bank

323-234-3030 x172, jjones@lafoodbank.org

Renske Lynde, San Francisco Food Bank

415-282-1907 x262, rlynde@sffb.org

Questions regarding logistical details, such as including your organization's logo on the letter, can be sent to Alexis Fernández, alexis@cfpa.net.

*Mark Your Calendars: Upcoming Webinar*

January 18th @ 11am

This webinar will cover the semiannual reporting proposal included in AB 6 (Fuentes).  Julie Salley-Gray, staff member for Assembly Member Fuentes (D-Los Angeles), will be joining us to provide additional perspective on AB 6. 

Click here to register.  Please feel free to pass along this invitation to interested advocates across the state.

Visit the Campaign's webpage for more information at: http://www.cfpa.net/foodstamps/semi-annual.html.

Charter School Nutrition in the News

Read this front page Los Angeles Times article on the need for school breakfast and lunch programs in California's charter schools.


Click here to read the Bureau of State Audits report released in October to learn more about the availability of subsidized meals in charter schools.

California Obesity Prevention Plan Gets new Energy Boost

From our friends at California Project LEAN:

The updated 2020 California Obesity Prevention Plan (Plan), available in both English and Spanish, builds upon the goals, objectives, and strategies originally outlined in the 2006 California Obesity Prevention Plan, with a stronger focus on the importance of implementing policy and environmental change strategies to move the needle on California's obesity epidemic.  The 2010 Plan also provides a broader array of obesity prevention strategies and highlights successful actions currently being implemented across the state.

"We look forward to continuing our efforts together and developing new partnerships along the way as we move forward to implement the Plan's strategies for a healthy California," said Peggy Agron, Section Chief overseeing the California Obesity Prevention Program of the California Department of Public Health.

The Plan is expected to be a springboard for action.  It calls on all identified sectors: State, Local, and Tribal Governments; Employers; Health Care; Families; Community Organizations; Schools; Child Care; Food and Beverage Industry; Entertainment and Professional Sports, and others -- to join together to improve the health of all Californians.  It recognizes that people make decisions in the context of their environment, and today in California there are strong environmental forces that often make the healthy choice the difficult choice.  People in all communities should have equitable access to safe places to play, affordable healthy foods and beverages, and less access to high-calorie foods and sugar-sweetened beverages.

The Plan offers four overarching goals to be undertaken within the next five years. The goals are:

1. Ensure state-level leadership and coordination of statewide obesity prevention efforts.
2. Expand statewide public education campaigns to promote health eating and active living.
3. Coordinate the state's effort with local governments and communities to improve access to healthy eating and physical activity.
4. Create and implement a statewide evaluation system.

The California Department of Public Health's California Obesity Prevention Program is charged with overseeing the implementation and monitoring of the Plan along with partners statewide. The program is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.