Please see several updates and resources below. These will also be updated on the LST website http://www.livesmarttexas.org/. 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 Funding: 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 information. 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. Resources: 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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