251751 Integrating IOM recommendations in school nutrition policies

Wednesday, November 2, 2011: 8:50 AM

Michelle Wood, MPP , RENEW LA County Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Los Angeles, CA
The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the second largest school district in the nation, has been a leader in reforming school meals. The District is currently working to expand their nutrition efforts by adopting a new school nutrition policy to integrate the 2009 Institute of Medicine (IOM) school meals nutrition recommendations that call for increased access to fruits and vegetables, and limits on calories and sodium. These recommendations were recently included in the USDA's proposed nutrition guidelines for the federal school meals programs. LAUSD is collaborating with the California Food Policy Advocates (CFPA), the Urban Environmental Policy Institute (UEPI) and the Healthy School Food Coalition (HSFC) to build support for early adoption. This presentation will review key components of the policy process to adopt and implement the IOM recommendations including policy development, community and decision-maker engagement, grassroots advocacy, marketing and communication, leadership and key implementation issues including menu planning, food purchasing, and nutrition education. Discussion of how the District overcame political barriers and policy challenges will also be reviewed. LAUSD's early adoption will act as a model for other school districts nationwide working to adopt and integrate the IOM recommendations to reform their district's school meals landscape.

Learning Areas:
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Identify key facilitators and challenges to the adoption and implementation of a new school nutrition policy. Discuss the role of community partners and stakeholders in the policy adoption and implementation process. Discuss how to integrate the new IOM nutrition recommendations within school districts’ nutrition policies, menu planning and procurement processes.

Keywords: IOM, Nutrition

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I oversee a Los Angeles County Department of Public Health subcontract with the Los Angeles Unified School District to improve the nutritional content of their school meals.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.