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Editor's E-Note
More Ammo to Fight Childhood Obesity

Now that school children are eating more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and drinking healthier beverages under the new federal standards for school meals, a key component of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, the USDA wants to turn up the heat even more in the fight against childhood obesity. It’s seeking to create a nationwide policy that will ensure all foods and snacks sold in schools that aren’t part of the school meal program meet strict nutrition requirements.

Read about these requirements and the details of the proposed policy in this month’s E-News Exclusive by Debbi Beauvais, RDN, SNS, school nutrition director for the Gates Chili Central and East Rochester Union Free school districts in Rochester, New York.

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E-News Exclusive
A Proposal to Improve the Federal School Meals Program
By Debbi Beauvais, RDN, SNS

It’s been 18 months since the new federal standards for healthier school meals went into effect nationwide to ensure kids receive larger portions of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. To improve on these standards, the USDA released a proposed rule in February to develop a national policy on the sale of competitive foods in schools called the “Smart Snacks in School” proposal.

The proposal seeks to make all competitive foods and beverages, which are sold in schools but are not part of the federal school meals program, more nutritious. Competitive foods include baked goods, bagged snacks such as potato chips, ice cream, sports drinks, and soda that often are sold in vending machines, school stores, snack bars, and on à la carte menus. The proposed rule is the first step in the process to create national standards for these foods and will ensure that they contain no more than 200 kcal and 200 mg of sodium per serving, derive no more than 35% of total calories from sugar or fat, and include no trans fat.

The new proposed standards draw on recommendations from the Institute of Medicine, existing voluntary standards already implemented by thousands of schools around the country, and healthful food and beverage offerings currently available in the marketplace.

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Other Nutrition News
People Don’t Meet Exercise Guidelines
Few people are doing enough aerobic activity and strength training to meet federal physical activity recommendations, USA Today reports.

Poverty as a Childhood Disease
A blog in The New York Times discusses the call for pediatricians to address childhood poverty as a national problem.
Field Notes
Maternal Diet Sets Up Junk-Food Addiction in Babies

Research from Australia’s University of Adelaide suggests that mothers who eat junk food while pregnant already have programmed their babies to be addicted to a high-fat, high-sugar diet by the time they’re weaned.

In laboratory studies, the researchers found that a junk-food diet during pregnancy and lactation desensitized the normal reward system fueled by these highly palatable foods.

Led by Bev Mühlhäusler, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in the university’s FOODplus Research Centre, this is the first study to show the effects of maternal junk-food consumption at such an early stage in the offspring’s life. The study recently was published in The FASEB Journal.

Opioids are produced by the body as a reward response, including in response to fat and sugar. These opioids stimulate the production of the hormone dopamine, which produces a good feeling. “We found that the opioid-signaling pathway—the reward pathway—in these offspring was less sensitive than those whose mothers were eating a standard diet,” Mühlhäusler says.

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