Monday, March 9, 2009

support H.R. 1324

Each year, the federal government invests billions of dollars in school lunches and breakfasts. Yet food sold in school vending machines, school stores and snack bars is not required to meet nutrition standards.

Please ask your U.S. Representative to support the Child Nutrition Promotion and School Lunch Protection Act.

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives introduced bipartisan legislation the Child Nutrition Promotion and School Lunch Protection Act that would improve the nutritional value of foods sold in schools.

Preventing diabetes is as important as treating it. The dramatic rise in the number of overweight and obese children is contributing to an increase in pediatric type 2 diabetes. In fact, one in three children born in 2000 will develop diabetes in their life time. The odds are even greater for minority children, nearly one of two of whom will develop the disease if present trends continue.

An estimated 35%-40% of children’s total calories are consumed at school during the school year. The sale of unhealthy snack foods and sodas in schools undermines the federal investment in school nutrition programs and is contributing to the rise in the number of overweight and obese children. And, shouldn’t schools model the behavior we hope our kids will adopt for long and healthy lives?

Click on Take Action Now to send a letter to your U.S. representative to support the Child Nutrition Promotion and School Lunch Protection Act (H.R. 1324).

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1 comment:

  1. Hey! Thanks for the comment, and Thanks for sharing this! I'm going to send that letter now. It really is important that our kids have healthy food to eat instead of sugary junk.

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