Sending Office: Honorable Tim Ryan
Cosponsor the Nutrition Coordinators for Local Healthy Youth Act
Endorsed by: The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior, Vetri Community Partnerships, Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy, Teachers College Columbia University, Food Corps, American
Heart Association, SHAPE America, The Food Trust and the Farm to School Network
Co-sponsors: Rep. Pocan, Rep. McGovern
Investments to improve access to nutritious meals need to be paired with investments in nutrition education to make sure students develop healthy eating habits. A Government Accountability Office (GAO) study found that the National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
did not have an adequate structure to deliver nutrition education, disseminate nutrition education materials or to coordinate across State health and nutrition programs. That is why I am introducing the
Nutrition Coordinators for Local Healthy Youth Act to make sure students are given the skills to take advantage of state and local investments to improve their Team Nutrition programs.
When effective nutrition education is paired with access to healthy foods, we get the most out of our country’s investments and create the opportunity to develop a generation of healthy eaters. By appointing local nutrition coordinators, Team Nutrition programs
will be able to connect a student’s access to foods that fit strong nutrition standards with their ability to make intelligent choices about what they are eating. When 20 percent of school aged children are obese and our country is losing over $250 billion
in diabetes related costs, we should make the most out of our investments in improving student health and wellness.
This bill will allow qualified professionals to lead nutrition education and promotion efforts by giving districts the ability to appoint a nutrition coordinator to oversee their Team Nutrition (TN) and local wellness programs. These programs include using
innovative lunchroom strategies such as family style eating to encourage healthy decision making, developing school meal patterns that meet USDA nutrition requirements, delivering hands-on nutrition education lessons that are aligned across grade levels, and
providing schools and child care providers the technical assistance they need to develop health centered environments.
These programs have been shown to improve the overall health of the student body. Not only do these nutrition education programs benefit students by decreasing the number of overweight youth and increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables they are eating,
they also help students develop healthy eating habits so that they can do better in school because they are more energized and alert.
To learn more or to cosponsor, please contact Stephen Kostyo (Stephen.Kostyo@mail.house.gov) with Congressman Ryan’s office.
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