Updates and resources from Live Smart Texas 5 1 2012 by bwIjXO


									Please see several updates and resources below. These will also be updated on the LST website

Events/ Presentations:
   1. Bringing together the nation’s leading research institutions, THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION is a
       presentation of HBO and the Institute of Medicine (IOM), in association with the Centers for
       Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and in
       partnership with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Kaiser Permanente. The centerpiece
       of THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION campaign is the four-part documentary series, each featuring
       case studies, interviews with our nation’s leading experts, and individuals and their families
       struggling with obesity Special Series-May 14-15, 2012
   2. The 6th Annual Southern Obesity Summit's (SOS) staff and Advisory Committee is thrilled to
       announce that the call for breakout proposals is open! We welcome you to submit and
       appreciate your contribution to ensure the value and success for this year's SOS! Please click
       here to access the breakout proposal application. Applications are due May 29, 2012
   3. The next full Partnership meeting has been rescheduled for May 10 from 9am to noon. The
       meeting will be held at The Texas Medical Association building in the May Owen Conference
       Room on the 10th floor. Space is limited in the meeting room, so we are asking each member
       organization to send only one representative. Please RSVP by May 7, 2012 to Liza Creel
       at lcreel@texashealthinstitute.org to let us know that you will attend. Remember, we will
       propose and begin to prioritize our legislative priorities during this meeting so it's important
       your organization is represented! Previous meeting minutes attached
   4. ACTIVE Life is thrilled to announce that it will host the second annual It’s Time School Summit
       Monday and Tuesday, June 25-26, 2012 in San Antonio, Texas. Focused on uniting Texas’ school
       health champions, the 2012 It’s Time School Summit will provide attendees with tools,
       resources, presentations and informational sessions designed to improve the health of students,
       families and the schools’ greater communities. To learn more about the Summit click here
   5. Weight of the Nation Conference: See information below if you are interested in registering and
       attending (free) live webcasts of the Weight of the Nation conference in Washington, D.C. Next
       week. The link provides more detailed information on each of the sessions here

   1. Action for Healthy Kids is pleased to release its School Grants for Healthy Kids opportunities for
       the 2012-2013 school year. Over 500 schools will be awarded funds that will range from $1,000
       to $5,000 (average $2,000) with significant in-kind contributions from Action for Healthy Kids in
       the form of people, programs, and school nutrition expertise. We will also provide schools with
       management expertise and support to develop strong nutrition programs around school
       breakfast, competitive foods, summer meals, access to healthy food and nutrition education.
       Applications must be submitted online here by May 5, 2012. See attached document for more
   2. CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) is seeking nominations for
       state and local initiatives to improve nutrition and increase physical activity. DNPAO is especially
       interested in initiatives that address low-income populations and ethnic groups suffering from
       higher rates of obesity. Nominated initiatives must be currently implemented and run for six
       months to be eligible. Nominations are due to DNPAO by May 7, 2012. For more information,
       click here
   3. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it will be investing in farm to school
       programs nationwide to help eligible schools improve the health of their students. The Farm to
        School Grant Program is part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act and administered by USDA’s
        Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). Effective October 1, 2012, $5 million will be provided to USDA
        on an annual basis to support grants, technical assistance and administrative costs related to the
        farm to school program. In the first funding cycle, FNS anticipates awarding up to $3.5 million in
        grants. The application deadline is June 15, 2012.

   1. Does a Mexican Pizza at Taco Bell have more calories than a Beefy 5-Layer Burrito? Does Red
       Lobster's Malibu Hurricane drink contain more calories than the Berry Mango Daiquiri? Test
       your menu labeling knowledge with this quiz. You may be surprised by a few! If you are, ask
       President Obama to implement a strong menu labeling policy that applies to as many chains and
       menu items as Congress intended: here (for non-state organizations)
   2. USDA to Provide Additional Funds for Nation’s School Meals Increased lunch reimbursement
       authorized by Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Today, under Agriculture Secretary Kevin
       Concannon announced increased support for schools across the Nation as they implement
       healthier and more nutritious school meal standards for America’s kids. Schools will be
       reimbursed an additional 6 cents for each lunch they serve in accordance with the new
       standards– the first increase beyond inflation in over 30 years.
   3. Share Our Strength, in partnership with the Food Network, premiered “Hunger Hits Home” on
       Saturday, April 14. The documentary takes a first-hand look at the crisis of childhood hunger
       through the stories of three families, anti-hunger activists, educators, and policymakers. The
       special is part of the No Kid Hungry Campaign. Click here to watch the documentary and view
       accompanying materials.
   4. The mission of Smarter Lunchrooms Movement (http://smarterlunchrooms.org) is to equip
       school lunchrooms with evidence-based tools that improve child eating behaviors and thus,
       health. To do this, Dr. Brian Wansink utilizes a variety of innovative strategies which are
       surprisingly easy to implement on a limited school budget. Examples include giving appealing
       names to healthy foods (e.g. "X-Ray Vision Carrots,"), changing cafeteria layout to guide choices,
       and improving placement of healthier items (e.g. fruit near cash register). The web site includes
       materials suitable to share with school administrators, Board of Education members, parents
       and community members.

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