CA LSWP News - September 2016
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The California Local School Wellness Policy Collaborative brings together state leaders committed to supporting schools in creating and implementing strong wellness policies. We hope this newsletter provides you with the information you need to activate your district's policy. Read our last newsletterwellness message, and follow us on Twitter @CALSWP.  

CA Project LEAN Launches CA Competitive Food Standards Compliance Calculator         

Are you finding it daunting to figure out whether you can sell a food or beverage in your school? New Federal requirements for competitive foods and beverages in schools, layered on top of pre-existing California law, have made it rather complicated in our state, and national calculators don’t reflect California standards. To make life easier for school nutrition service directors, parents, or others who want to sell or distribute food in California schools, California Project LEAN (Leaders Encouraging Activity and Nutrition) (CPL) has updated its California Competitive Food and Beverage Compliance Calculator to serve the California school community.  

2016 National School Health Award Winners Set the Standard       

All award winners have met stringent guidelines for serving healthier meals and snacks, getting students moving more, offering physical and health education, and empowering school leaders to become healthy role models. All National Healthy Schools Award winners also received National Awards from Let’s Move! Active Schools

Healthy Habits Should Top the Back-to-School Supply List        

Make sure healthy habits like a good night's sleep and a healthy breakfast are on your child's back-to-school supply list!

Latest Research Shows School Meals Improve Food Security, Dietary Intake, and Weight Outcomes        

Research clearly shows that school meals support the growth and development of our nation’s most vulnerable children,” said Jim Weill, president of FRAC. “More must be done to increase participation in school breakfast and school lunch, and other federal nutrition programs, so millions more children can reap the benefits that support their health and learning.”    

California Passes Competitive Foods Bill        

SB 1169, a California competitive foods bill, was signed into law on September 15th, 2016. The bill brings California competitive foods standards in line with Federal requirements. It also provides flexibility for a school to determine the best way to communicate their local school wellness policy. 

A Guide to Smart Snacks in Schools          

This USDA booklet reviews the Smart Snacks Standards and how to tell if a food/beverage meets the requirements. This is a ready-to-go resource for anyone that oversees the sale of foods/beverages to students on the school campus during the school day.

State-funded School Breakfast Grants Available        

Start planning your grant application now! We are happy to share the Breakfast-After-the-Bell fact sheet that California Food Policy Advocates (CFPA) released to inform schools in California about the $2 million in state funds that will soon be available to start-up or expand after-the-bell breakfast programs. As is stated in the fact sheet, CFPA is working with California Department of Education to release a request for grant applications in January 2017, with grants to be awarded in July 2017 for a two-year period (school years of 2017-18 and 2018-19). Grants of up to $15,000 per school site will be awarded, and a school district or county office of education can request funds for up to 10 school sites. Note that in selecting awarded schools, CDE will prioritize grants for high-poverty schools in California.

Start Planning for National Farm to School Month        

National Farm to School Month kicks off in one month, and now is the time to start planning celebrations for your school and community! Every October, thousands of students, teachers, farmers, food producers, food enthusiasts and advocates celebrate the connections happening all over the country between children and local food.    

What Can You Do to Help Prevent Wasted Food?         

This booklet discusses ways to reduce, recover, and recycle food before it goes to waste. Tips are provided for school nutrition professionals, teachers, parents, students, and school administrators.

Mooga: Cow Inspired Yoga         

The Dairy Council of Florida has developed Mooga, cow inspired yoga, as an interactive activity that helps strengthen bones and teach about the health benefits of dairy in the diet. All materials are free and easy to download.    

Action For Healthy Kids Fall/Winter Webinars  

Our can't-miss webinars have everything you need to create a heath-promoting school. They range from walking and running initiatives, to navigating school wellness policies and the HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms application, to parent resources. Register for one or all of them today.

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