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Congress Can Help Prevent Diabetes with Healthy School Lunches

, senior analyst, Food and Environment

From Freddie Gray to the Flint drinking water crisis, the reality of historic and systemic racial inequality in America is making headlines. Communities of color and low-income communities also face deep-rooted inequities in our food system, including unequal access to healthy foods. Cutting school lunches for millions of low-income kids would only exacerbate this inequality, but Congress seems poised to do just that.

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The Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act Heads to the Senate

, food systems & health analyst

After years of a partisan food fight, the Senate Agriculture Committee will vote tomorrow on bipartisan legislation reauthorizing federal child nutrition programs, including taxpayer-subsidized breakfast, lunch, and snack programs in the nation’s schools. The new act, Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act of 2016, was introduced by Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) this morning. Read more >

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Happy Fifth Anniversary to the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act!

, food systems & health analyst

Five years ago, on December 13, 2010, a bipartisan Congress passed the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA)—which brought nutrition standards for schools into accord with federal dietary guidelines. Read more >

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Trick or Treat: U.S. Kids’ Sugar Intake Will Surely Scare You!

, food systems & health analyst

Think ghosts and goblins are scary? How about the fact that U.S. children consume five times the amount of sugar recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, but only about one-third the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables? Read more >

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A Single Federal Program Cut Obesity by 3% (And Saved Twice What It Cost)

, food systems & health analyst

A recent study by researchers at the University of Arkansas found that the federal Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program decreased childhood obesity rates in elementary schools by 3 percent at a cost of only $50 to $75 per student per year. That’s significant. Previous studies looking at other strategies to reduce childhood obesity rates estimated costs of $280 to $339 per student every year to move the needle by a mere 1 percent. Read more >

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