WASHINGTON (April 6, 2006) – The National Nutritional Foods Association (NNFA) commends Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Reps. Christopher Shays (R-Conn.) and Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.), and co-sponsors, for introducing legislation addressing important issues pertaining to the health and nutrition of America’s children who rely on schools to provide nutritional and balanced foods as major components of a healthy, daily diet. Research shows only two percent of children eat a balanced and healthy diet; obesity is doubling in children and tripling in adolescents.
The industry feels it is imperative that both houses of Congress support the Child Nutrition Promotion and School Lunch Protection Act, which will ensure that our laws relating to the nutritional value of food are in line with current science and address pressing threats to child health and nutrition at school.
This legislation would amend the Children Nutrition Act of 1966 by updating the definition of “food of minimal nutritional value” to conform school lunch and breakfast programs to current nutrition science standards. The bill would also redirect the financial assistance that the federal government provides for school lunch and breakfast programs to fund those programs that meet these new standards. Significantly, the bill would also create standards for foods sold on school campuses outside federally subsidized programs, such as items sold through vending machines and snack bars.
NNFA hopes that the introduction of these bills will underscore the value of nutrition for our children and the need for regulations to address all foods sold within the school, the school campus, or foods made available at any time during the school day.
The National Nutritional Foods Association (www.nnfa.org) is the nation’s largest and oldest non-profit organization dedicated to the natural products industry. NNFA represents more than 9,600 retailers, manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors of natural products, including foods, dietary supplements, and health/beauty aids.
Tracy Taylor, NNFA