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         Policy, Partnerships and Program Accomplishments in
                          Washington, D.C.

          January 25, 2007                       State Education Office
Childhood Obesity Reduction Strategies         Nutrition Services Department
                    Today’s Presentation:
Introduction to the Nutrition Services
 Department
Relationship Between Child Nutrition
 Programs and Obesity
Examples of Policy, Partnerships, and
 Programs in Washington, D.C.

          January 25, 2007                 State Education Office
Childhood Obesity Reduction Strategies   Nutrition Services Department
         What is the
State Education Office (SEO) ?
 The State Education Office enhances educational
  services and opportunities to meet the life-long learning
  needs of all District residents by ensuring equitable
  distribution and availability of administrative, financial, and
  nutrition resources.
 The SEO was established under the Office of the
  Mayor on October 1, 2000, as required by the State
  Education Office Establishment Act of 2000 (D.C. Act
  13-387).


          January 25, 2007                        State Education Office
Childhood Obesity Reduction Strategies          Nutrition Services Department
  Nutrition Services Department
 NS promotes the development of nutritionally sound bodies
  by ensuring that all children and some mentally and physically
  disabled adults in the District of Columbia have access to
  healthy, nutritious meals and snacks.
 NS provides cash reimbursement and donated foods to
  schools, community based organizations and child and adult
  care facilities that participate in the Child Nutrition Programs.
 Each Child Nutrition Program (CNP) is funded through the
  United States Department of Agriculture, Food and
  Nutrition Services, (USDA-FNS).


          January 25, 2007                       State Education Office
Childhood Obesity Reduction Strategies         Nutrition Services Department
  Nutrition Services Department
                                 A Glance at Washington, D.C.
            60 Local Education Agencies in National School Lunch,
             Breakfast and Special Milk Programs with D.C. Public Schools,
             D.C. Public Charter Schools and Private Schools serving
             approximately 55,000 Free/Reduced Eligible Students-70% of the
             student population
            376 Summer Sites in DC Free Summer Meals Program (Summer
             Food Services Program) serving 28,849 youth
            293 Child Care Centers, Family Day Care Homes and After
             School Programs in the Child and Adult Care Food Program
            According to the 2003 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 13.5% of
             students in DC are overweight and an additional 16.8% are at risk
             for being overweight

          January 25, 2007                              State Education Office
Childhood Obesity Reduction Strategies                Nutrition Services Department
                      Participation in
                 Child Nutrition Programs=
                     Reduction in Obesity and
                   An Increase in Nutritional Intake
                        Participation in Child Nutrition Programs Offers:

 Well-balanced and nutritious meals (breakfast, lunch, supper, and
  supplements) that must meet USDA Dietary Guidelines
 Hands-on Training and Guidance for the Preparation of Healthy Meals
 Reduction in intake of fast foods and competitive foods (vending machines,
  bake sales) during the day for children/youth
 Nutrition Education and Food Safety Programs for Organizations and
  Children/Youth
 Potential Partnerships and Funding Opportunities with Local and National
  nutrition and physical fitness experts

           January 25, 2007                                      State Education Office
 Childhood Obesity Reduction Strategies                        Nutrition Services Department
  Child Nutrition Program Policy:
      Local Wellness Policy
                   USDA Mandate that each Local Education Agency
                    (LEA) Establish a Local Wellness Policy by School
                    Year 2006
                   At a minimum, LEAs had to include: 1) Goals for
                    nutrition education, physical activity, and other school-
                    based activities to promote wellness, 2) Nutrition
                    guidelines for foods available on campus, 3) Guidelines
                    for USDA reimbursable meals, 4) Plan for measuring
                    implementation, 5) Community and School involvement
                   Nutrition Services Department is collecting all LEA
                    policies, evaluating first-year implementation, monitoring
                    and visiting schools, and conducting 2 mandatory
                    comprehensive training sessions in February 2007

          January 25, 2007                                   State Education Office
Childhood Obesity Reduction Strategies                     Nutrition Services Department
    Child Nutrition Program Policy:
     Additional Local Examples
 Healthy vending Policy in D.C. Public
  Schools (Board of Education Resolution
  passed in 2004). Schools may not carry
  soda, all fruit-based drinks must be 100%
  fruit juice and the policy sets limits on
  portion sizes, fats, and calories for all other
  snack foods
 Universal breakfast in D. C. Public
  Schools. Adopted policy in October
  2005 to boost school breakfast
  participation-breakfast is free for everyone
  regardless of income!!


            January 25, 2007                          State Education Office
  Childhood Obesity Reduction Strategies            Nutrition Services Department
                      Child Nutrition Program
                           Partnerships
              The Mayor’s Commission on Food and Nutrition:
                          Re-established in March 2005 with the purpose of
                           advising the Mayor and Council of D.C. on the
                           policy, nature and extent of feeding and nutrition
                                        programs in the District.
Functions include:
 Advising on food and nutrition program operations
 Reviewing “best practices” in nutrition and nutrition feeding programs
 Recommending standards to be applied to the delivery of nutrition programs
 Advising on an outreach program and public information campaign
 Making recommendations on how to enhance the federal and District
  government relationships
 Making recommendations on regulatory or legislative improvements to enhance
  food and nutrition programs
 Identifying gaps in funding and services
           January 25, 2007                                           State Education Office
 Childhood Obesity Reduction Strategies                             Nutrition Services Department
                        Child Nutrition Program
                             Partnerships
                            Ending Childhood Hunger in the Nation’s Capital: A
                             10-Year Strategic Plan to Ensure Nutritious and
                             Affordable Food for Every Child. Partners include
                             Local and National Stakeholders (FRAC, Share our
                             Strength, Case Foundation, Sodexho Foundation,
                             Government, Community Experts)
                            DC Action for Healthy Kids-Nutrition Services
                             Department Staff Member is Chair of our D.C. State
                             Team comprised of Local and National Stakeholders
                             (FRAC, American Cancer Society and American
                             Heart Association, Mid-Atlantic Dairy, etc.)
                            Nutrition Services Department Collaborative Efforts:
                             1) Child and Adult Care Food Program Collaborative,
                             2) DC Free Summer Meals Collaborative,
                             3) Emergency Shelter Collaborative
          January 25, 2007                                    State Education Office
Childhood Obesity Reduction Strategies                      Nutrition Services Department
 Child Nutrition Program Accomplishments-
      DC Free Summer Meals Program Partnerships

 DC Government and Quasi Government Agencies
  (DCPS, DC Public Charter Schools, DC Parks and
  Recreation, DC Libraries, DC Housing Authority,
  Metropolitan Police Dept., Dept. of Health, Dept. of
  Human Services, Mayor's Office of Latino Affairs, the
  Office of Asian and Pacific Islanders and the Mayor's
  Advisor on Religious Affairs)
 DC Children Youth Investment Trust Corporation
 Local Colleges and Universities
 Nonprofit and Community Based
  Organizations (Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA)
 Faith-Based Organizations

             January 25, 2007                          State Education Office
   Childhood Obesity Reduction Strategies            Nutrition Services Department
   Child Nutrition Program Accomplishments-
                     DC Free Summer Meals Program
                    Marketing and Outreach Partnerships

DC Summer Fun !! Nutrition Services
Department has leveraged every
opportunity to strengthen and expand….
          Answers Please (211) Citywide Hotline
          PTA, Board(s) of Education
          DC Hunger Solutions/FRAC
          Capital Area Food Bank-Part of National Food Bank Network
          Movie Stations, Radio and TV Stations
          Community Newspapers

            January 25, 2007                            State Education Office
  Childhood Obesity Reduction Strategies              Nutrition Services Department
       DC Free Summer Meals Program
             Accomplishments
   “Cheyenne is obsessive about learning and she is very particular about eating
   healthy food. I am very proud of Cheyenne and am grateful that Cheyenne has
   access to healthy, nutritious food through the DC Free Summer Meals Program
   that comes at no cost to me.”

 Nationally an average of only 18% of children who receive a free or
  reduced-price lunch during the regular school year receive a free lunch
  during the summer-in 2006 the District fed 84.4% of these children.
 Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force, three- year plan for the SEO to
  make the DC Free Summer Meals Program one of its top priorities. The
  number of children participating has grown from 14,848 in 2002 to 28,849
  in 2006. FRAC has ranked D.C. #1 for three years in a row!!
 In Summer 2006, over 1.5 million meals were served
  at over 376 Free Summer Meals locations-
  nearly a 25% increase in both the number of meals
  and sites from 2005.

           January 25, 2007                                         State Education Office
 Childhood Obesity Reduction Strategies                           Nutrition Services Department
                                  Questions???

               State Education Office
          441 4th Street, NW, Suite 350 North
                Washington, DC 20001
                   (202) 727-6436




          January 25, 2007                         State Education Office
Childhood Obesity Reduction Strategies           Nutrition Services Department

				
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