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Smart Snacks & Child Nutrition Stephanie Simms School Nutrition Policy Fellow

Smart Snacks & Child Nutrition Stephanie Simms School Nutrition Policy Fellow

Background • • • Smart Snacks guidelines went into effect on July 1, 2014

Background • • • Smart Snacks guidelines went into effect on July 1, 2014 Part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act in 2010 that improved the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program Federal guidelines further policies, restrictions, exemptions are determined by each state

Why Smart Snacks? • • Children are seeing a healthier school environment through both

Why Smart Snacks? • • Children are seeing a healthier school environment through both the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program Encourages children to make healthy choices PTA delegates passed a resolution at the 2004 National PTA Convention calling for stronger national guidelines for all foods sold in school Consistent messaging about healthy eating

Smart Snacks Guidelines • Foods and beverages that must meet Smart Snack guidelines include

Smart Snacks Guidelines • Foods and beverages that must meet Smart Snack guidelines include those found in: • • • à la carte lines vending machines snack bars school stores fundraisers (unless exempted)

Parent Engagement with Child Nutrition • Colorado PTA Health, Wellness & Safety Committee •

Parent Engagement with Child Nutrition • Colorado PTA Health, Wellness & Safety Committee • State PTA Health & Safety Chairs • School PTA Healthy Lifestyle Chairs

Parent Engagement with Healthy Lifestyles • Fire Up Your Feet • Partnership between National

Parent Engagement with Healthy Lifestyles • Fire Up Your Feet • Partnership between National PTA, Kaiser Permanente, and Safe Routes to School • Colorado was chosen as one of 11 states and locations to participate in the 2014 Fire Up Your Feet Fall Activity Challenge

Parent Engagement with Healthy Schools • School Health Advisory Council • Using PTA leaders

Parent Engagement with Healthy Schools • School Health Advisory Council • Using PTA leaders as the organizer or main supporter of recommendations to implement specific policies from the council

Parent Engagement with Smart Snacks • Students Adjust to Healthy School Snacks: http: //www.

Parent Engagement with Smart Snacks • Students Adjust to Healthy School Snacks: http: //www. greenvilleonline. com/story/news/education/2014/10/03/gree nville-county-school-students-adjust-healthy-school-snacks/16646521/

Parent Engagement with Healthy Fundraisers • • 5 Ks, Fun Runs, Walk or Bike-a-thons

Parent Engagement with Healthy Fundraisers • • 5 Ks, Fun Runs, Walk or Bike-a-thons Group Exercise Events (Zumba, Kickboxing) Family Fitness Days or Healthy Carnivals Development of a cookbook with family recipes Non-food items such as water bottles, t-shirts, socks with school logo Cooking Classes or Demonstrations Fruit sales Talent or art shows

School Wellness Policies • New rule from USDA expected in 2015 regarding strengthened and

School Wellness Policies • New rule from USDA expected in 2015 regarding strengthened and improved local wellness policies • Include Healthy Lifestyle Chair and parents

Ways PTA Can Help • • Work with the school nutrition staff to understand

Ways PTA Can Help • • Work with the school nutrition staff to understand how PTA can support them in gaining acceptance of the new federal nutrition standards Incorporate foods and beverages that meet the Smart Snacks guidelines into PTA events Open dialogue with school staff Support schools in implementing the changes to provide healthier foods and beverages to every student

Resources • • • Colorado Department of Education: Office of School Nutrition http: //www.

Resources • • • Colorado Department of Education: Office of School Nutrition http: //www. cde. state. co. us/nutrition National PTA Smart Snacks Webpage with Implementation Guide: www. pta. org/smartsnacks Alliance for a Healthier Generation- Smart Snacks https: //www. healthiergeneration. org/take_action/schools/snacks_and _beverages/smart_snacks/ USDA Smart Snacks http: //www. fns. usda. gov/healthierschoolday/tools -schools-focusing-smart-snacks Center for Science in the Public Interest Smart Snacks http: //www. cspinet. org/nutritionpolicy/smartsnacks. html

Questions? For additional information or questions, please contact Stephanie Simms at ssimms@pta. org or

Questions? For additional information or questions, please contact Stephanie Simms at [email protected] org or [email protected] org.