267335 Competitive Foods Policy Recommendations to USDA and School Districts

Monday, October 29, 2012 : 11:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Megan Lott, MPH, RD , Pew Health Group, Kids' Safe and Healthful Foods Project, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Washington, DC
In December of 2010, Congress passed the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act giving the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) the authority to regulate all foods sold in schools both in and out of the school meals program. This is the first time USDA has been given the authority to regulate "competitive foods" - foods sold in vending machines, schools stores, a la carte lines, etc, though to date there is a patchwork of local and state policies in existence around the country. Advocates for national standards argue they are crucial to improving the school nutrition environment and curbing the obesity epidemic. This presentation will examine research findings from literature, existing policies and a health impact assessment conducted on competitive foods to inform major policy decisions. The presenter will discuss the policy recommendations resulting from the findings and the possible implications of those policies. Finally, the presenter will also address several promising practices aimed towards schools and school districts that have proven effective in making the transition to a healthier competitive foods environment.

Learning Areas:
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Formulate recommendations for policy makers and implementers related to improving the competitive food environment in schools across the country.

Keywords: Child Health, Food and Nutrition

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have significant experience in nutrition policy and led the Kids' Safe and Healthful Foods team in translating research findings into practicable policy recommendations.
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.