How Can the Center Help?
We Will Work to...
- Provide evidence based strategies that will guide healthier student choices and can be integrated into local, state and national policy.
- Disseminate research information to food service directors who can become informed advocates for policy development as part of local Wellness Committees.
- Serve as a resource to legislative staff involved in drafting policies at all government levels.
- Deliver research results that will guide policy decisions toward constructive change that is independent of local, biased pressure.
The Current Situation
Individual state nutrition standards make product formulation VERY difficult for food manufacturers: imagine a Quaker Oats Company facility trying to meet the standards for sugar levels of three different state policies in one product.
Local creation of nutrition policy frequently relies on regional mores, cultures and customs instead of factual data and information. What is nutritionally best for a 10-year old in New York is the same as for a 10-year old in Georgia and for a 10-year old in Colorado!
In Your Hometown
- Right now, any district enrolled in federal meal programs is required to develop a Wellness Policy that promotes proper nutrition and adequate physical activity among students. While the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 describes what the policy must cover, the details of the policy's content and how it is implemented are left up to local school districts. Check with your district's Wellness Committee chairperson to become a community member of the committee. For a listing of current local wellness policy tools and resources go to www.cdc.gov/ healthyyouth/healthtopics/wellness.htm.
Want to know more about these issues? Look below for a list of some useful state and national resources: