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Tisch Food Center Opposes USDA Rollback of School Nutrition Standards

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently proposed changes that would weaken school nutrition standards. Specifically, these changes would:

  • Delay the next levels of sodium reduction by three years (from school year 2017-2018 to school year 2021-2022);
  • Continue the whole-grains waiver; and
  • Allow flavored one percent milk.

The Tisch Food Center opposes these rollbacks on the basis that the 2012 updates to school nutrition standards reflect sound science, support children’s health, and are consistent with the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (formerly, Institute of Medicine) 2009 report School Meals: Building Blocks for Healthy Children.

How can you join us in opposing these rollbacks?

  • Submit this sample full or brief comment, prepared by NANA, to the USDA docket by January 29, 2018
  • Activate your networks using the Center for Science in the Public Interest's (CSPI) online alert;
  • Sign on to this group letter; and 
  • Share your engagement via Twitter and/or Facebook (see sample posts from CSPI below).  

Photo credit: USDA

(Photo credit: USDA)

TWITTER

@SecretarySonny @USDA announced plans to allow too much salt in school meals and fewer whole grains: bad for kids’ health and undermines the progress that schools are making toward healthier meals. http://bit.ly/saveschoolfoods


9 out of 10 kids eat too much salt, which is dangerous for their health. Yet @SecretarySonny @USDA announced plans to maintain dangerously high levels of salt in school meals. http://bit.ly/saveschoolfoods


@SecretarySonny @USDA is allowing schools to provide fewer whole grains. If all schools in Alabama, Idaho, and Montana can serve whole grains to students, schools in other states can too. http://bit.ly/saveschoolfoods

 

FACEBOOK

The Trump Administration announced plans to roll back school nutrition. They’d allow dangerously high levels of salt in school meals even though 9 out of 10 kids eat too much salt, putting their health at risk. USDA should be doubling down on helping schools continue to improve school lunches, not blocking progress. http://bit.ly/saveschoolfoods

Published Monday, Jan. 15, 2018

Tisch Food Center Opposes USDA Rollback of School Nutrition Standards

The Tisch Food Center opposes these rollbacks on the basis that the 2012 updates to school nutrition standards reflect sound science, support children’s health, and are consistent with the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (formerly, Institute of Medicine) 2009 report School Meals: Building Blocks for Healthy Children.

How can you join us in opposing these rollbacks?

  • Submit this sample full or brief comment, prepared by NANA, to the USDA docket by January 29, 2018
  • Activate your networks using the Center for Science in the Public Interest's (CSPI) online alert;
  • Sign on to this group letter; and 
  • Share your engagement via Twitter and/or Facebook (see sample posts from CSPI below).  

Photo credit: USDA

(Photo credit: USDA)

TWITTER

@SecretarySonny @USDA announced plans to allow too much salt in school meals and fewer whole grains: bad for kids’ health and undermines the progress that schools are making toward healthier meals. http://bit.ly/saveschoolfoods


9 out of 10 kids eat too much salt, which is dangerous for their health. Yet @SecretarySonny @USDA announced plans to maintain dangerously high levels of salt in school meals. http://bit.ly/saveschoolfoods


@SecretarySonny @USDA is allowing schools to provide fewer whole grains. If all schools in Alabama, Idaho, and Montana can serve whole grains to students, schools in other states can too. http://bit.ly/saveschoolfoods

 

FACEBOOK

The Trump Administration announced plans to roll back school nutrition. They’d allow dangerously high levels of salt in school meals even though 9 out of 10 kids eat too much salt, putting their health at risk. USDA should be doubling down on helping schools continue to improve school lunches, not blocking progress. http://bit.ly/saveschoolfoods

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