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  1. Healthier school meals Janice Steffen, Iowa Department of Education Bureau of Nutrition and Health

  2. New Meal Patterns • Based on recommendations by IOM • Based on Dietary Guidelines for Americans • Based on concerns about childhood obesity, but also childhood hunger • First major changes in over 15 years

  3. Major Changes? Yes and No • Schools have always offered all of these groups • But now all 5 components must be offered at each lunch: • Meat/Meat Alternate • Grain • Milk • Fruit AND • Vegetable

  4. One Approach to Menu Planning • Menu Planning approach changes • One uniform way to plan menus for SFAs • Changes for lunch starting July 1, 2012 • Changes for breakfast begin SY 2013/2014

  5. Emphasis on… • Nutrient dense foods • Whole-grain rich foods • Low-fat milk • Increase Fruit choices and amounts • Increase Vegetable choices and amounts

  6. WEEKLY STANDARDS

  7. Limits on… • Daily and weekly minimums and maximums • Grains • Meat/Meat alternate • Daily and weekly minimums • Fruit • Total Vegetables • Weekly Minimums • Vegetable sub-groups NO MAXIMUM on Fruits or Vegetables

  8. Vegetables • Daily lunch requirements need to reflect a variety during the week • Weekly minimum requirements for: • Dark Green • Red/Orange • Beans/Peas (Legumes) • Starchy • “Other”

  9. Vegetable minimums

  10. Other limits… • Minimum and maximum calories (an average over the week) • Saturated Fat (<10% of total calories) • Trans Fat (0 grams/serving-naturally occurring excluded) • Sodium Reduction over next 10 years • < 640/710/740mg by 2022

  11. Sodium Requirements

  12. New Calorie Ranges Calorie Requirements Previous Minimums Lunch (Grade groups varied by Meal Planning Method) 633 (grades K-3) 664 (grades K-6) 785 (grades 4-12) 825 (grades 7-12) Breakfast: 554 (grades K-12) 618 (optional grades 7-12) Lunch: 550-650 (grades K-5) 600-700 (grade 6-8) 750-850 (grades 9-12) Breakfast: 350-500 (grades K-5) 400-550 (grades 6-8) 450-600 (grades 9-12)

  13. Two ways to serve-Not New Serve • Option for K-8 • All students get all foods in full amounts • No option to decline any component • May or may not have any choices Offer vs. Serve • Must do for grades 9-12 • Option for K-8 • Student must take at least 3 components, one being fruit or veggie • May take all 5 components

  14. Recent Changes! • December 2012-USDA lifted maximums on meat/meat alternate and grains for this school year (2012-2013) • MAINTAIN weekly calorie range, • MAINTAIN daily/weekly minimums for all food groups, including vegetable sub-groups • February 2013- Proposed rules for competitive foods sold outside of the school meals programs • Ala carte and most fund-raisers • Similar to Iowa Healthy Kids Act standards

  15. WEB Resources • USDA- School Meals Just Got Healthier • http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/Healthierschoolday/default.htm • Iowa Bureau of Nutrition and Health Services- School Nutrition Standards 2012 • http://educateiowa.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2595&Itemid=4678

  16. Carrie Scheidel, MPH Summer Food Service Program Food That’s In When School Is Out

  17. Vastly Under-Utilized • Food insecurity rises during the summer months • 195,000 Iowa children are eligible for free and reduced meals during the school year • 15,600 Iowa children participated in the summer program in 2012 • 8% of those in need

  18. But Growing …. 2002 – 218,616 lunch meals served 2012 – 553,648 lunch meals served

  19. Who Can Sponsor SFSP? • Public or private non-profit schools • Units of local, county, municipal, tribal, or State government • Private nonprofit organizations • Public or private nonprofit residential camps • Public or private non-profit universities or colleges

  20. Meal Service • Two meals or one meal & snack per day • Meals must meet USDA standards • Meal pattern requirements • Milk • Vegetables and/or fruits • Bread and bread alternates • Meat and meat alternates

  21. Four Ways You can Participate in SFSP! • Become a sponsor • Run a site • Be a vendor • Volunteer

  22. Questions • School Meals • 515.281.5356-Bureau secretary • jan.steffen@iowa.gov • Summer Food Program • 515.281.4760 • stephanie.dross@iowa.gov

  23. Thank you!