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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Wanna Make a Difference?

Consider taking a moment today to sign a petition to help erradicate the nutrional nightmares that are being served to our children each and every day!

Find the form letter here.

All you have to do is hit send and your letter will automatically be faxed to your local representatives.

Here is a copy of the letter....

Dear Senator:

I am writing to ask you to join me in working for a future in which fresh, healthy school meals are the norm. To reach this important goal, I ask that you support a strong reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act.

The current proposal by Sen. Blanche Lincoln includes several excellent health-promoting policy elements, but I am concerned with the level of funding included in the bill.  The bill allocates only $450 million per year to child nutrition, a mere 45 percent of the funding proposed in Pres. Obama’s budget. This increase barely acknowledges increased food costs without beginning to provide adequate funding for healthier school meals that would truly support children’s health and academic success.

Specifically, I urge you to support a Child Nutrition Act that includes:

* Increased funding for the school meals program, at minimum the $1 billion per year for 10 years that Pres. Obama has proposed.

* Increased quality of meals served in the school meal program; including less use of highly processed foods which are high in fat and sodium, increased fresh and high quality frozen fruits and vegetables, more whole grains, and reduced overall sodium content.

President Obama’s budget makes child nutrition a priority. I ask that you also make it a priority by working to secure the funds necessary to ensure that our schoolchildren have access to healthy meals.

I believe that healthy school food is critical for children's health and learning. Research continues to document the connection between healthy lifestyles and students' success at school, underscoring the need to provide fresh, healthy meals that model healthy eating habits and give students the nutrition and energy they need to learn. This issue is of particular importance in the school districts where the great numbers of students who rely on the National School Lunch Program -- those who are at risk of hunger, qualifying for free or reduced-price meals -- are also facing skyrocketing rates of obesity and related diseases such as Type 2 diabetes. A robust and adequately funded Child Nutrition Act will make a significant difference in promoting children's health and readiness to succeed at school.

Please consider my voice in support of a strong and well-funded reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act.

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