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CNAC Meeting Minutes for August 31, 2005


Child Nutrition Advisory Council

An Advisory Body to the State Board Of Education
Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, August 31, 2005
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

California Department of Education
1430 N Street
Sacramento, CA  95814

Members Present

Name

Representing
Rob Challinor (Chair) Curriculum Coordinator
Phyllis Bramson- Paul (Executive Secretary) California Department of Education (CDE), Nutrition Services Division (NSD)
Wendell Chun School Administrator
Donnell Ewert School Board Member
Richard Greene School Nutrition Services Director
Paula James Child Care Representative
Melodee Lopez Lay Representative
Gini Natali PTA Representative
LeAnn Onasch School Food Service Supervisor/ Manager
Advisors Present
Name Representing
John Peukert School Business Officials
Guests Present

Name

Representing
Rebecca Parker Education Program Consultant, California SBE
William Ellerbee Deputy Superintendent of Education, CDE
Caroline Roberts Education Administrator, School Health Connections, CDE
Diane Wilson Graham Education Program Consultant, Curriculum Leadership, CDE
Jan Lewis Nutrition Education Consultant, NSD, CDE
Michael Danzik Nutrition Education Assistant, NSD, CDE
Elizabeth Moreno Nutrition Education Consultant, NSD, CDE
Carolyn Brown Special Assistant to the Director, NSD, CDE
Members Absent

Name

Representing
Lloyd Porter Classroom Teacher
Lucy McProud Nutrition Education Health Specialist
Molly West Nutrition Education Specialist
Advisors Absent

Name

Representing
Betty Hennessy Physical Education/Activity
Council Vacancy

Position

Student Representative

Call to Order (Rob Challinor)

Mr. Rob Challinor, Child Nutrition Advisory Council (CNAC) Chair, called the meeting to order at 9:40a.m with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Introductions

All members and guests introduced themselves.

Approval of Agenda

The agenda was reviewed, with a motion made and seconded to amend the agenda by adding a summary of Senate Bills (SB) 12, 281 and 965 and a special presentation on school wellness policies. The motion passed. The Chair retained his right to change the order of business as necessary.

Approval of April 27, 2005 Meeting Minutes

The Council reviewed the minutes from the last meeting. A motion was made and seconded to approve the April 27, 2005 meeting minutes as drafted. The motion passed.

The Council reviewed the information in their packet on nearby parking and restaurants.

Public Comment

The Chair welcomed Diane Wilson-Graham, Education Program Consultant, and Caroline Roberts Education Administrator, who updated the Council on the Coordinated Compliance Review and Physical Education Standards in Assembly Bill (AB) 689. This legislation would require the SBE to adopt standards for health education, which includes nutrition education. Council members had questions about the legislation as well as Fitnessgram and the possibility of funding to ensure that students be informed of their results, as required in the law.

Legislative and NSD Update (Phyllis Bramson-Paul)

Ms. Phyllis Bramson-Paul provided an overview of current legislation related to nutrition and physical activity. In addition, a State Legislative Status report and copies of key bills were provided to members.

SB 281, as recently revised, provides state funding (Proposition 98 reversion funds for local operations) for fruit and vegetables to be served to students at breakfast in public and charter school. This is accomplished through a program called the "California Fresh Start Pilot Program". The legislation encourages schools, if they wish to participate in the pilot program, to serve fresh California grown produce. It does not fund fried fruits and vegetables or fruit or vegetable juice.

Funding for on-line technical assistance for school food service staff and evaluation of the program is specifically included. This legislation has been developed by the Department of Finance for the Governor, and contains an urgency clause, which means it will be effective upon signature. It specifically requires collaboration between the CDE, the Department of Food and Agriculture, the Department of Health Services and the SBE in program implementation and evaluation.

Council members asked if child care programs are included. Since the legislation specifically mentions public and charter schools, no other federal Child Nutrition Program participants are included in this pilot. Council members also requested information on strategies that have been shown to be successful in increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables.

A discussion of implementation issues and the guidance needed by schools followed.

Caroline Roberts, Education Administrator, provided additional information to the Council on AB 689. She explained that the Governor's office has opposed the bill, which would require the SBE to adopt standards for health education. The legislation is sponsored by the American Heart Association and CDE. The Superintendent of Public Instruction's Task Force on Childhood Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, and Cardiovascular Disease provided the impetus for moving this legislation forward. Funds from the Nutrition Network are intended to be used for these standards, which would mean that no General Funds would be expended for this purpose.

It was noted that this legislation is one of the California State PTA's highest priorities.

Discussion of possible Council actions related to this legislation followed. It was moved and seconded that Council support for this legislation is expressed to SBE.

Following is the Council statement:

"The Child Nutrition Advisory Council supports AB 689, which would require the State Board of Education (SBE) to adopt standards for health education. We want to convey why we think this bill is so important to the health of California's students.

Consistent with the Governor's initiatives on obesity prevention and health, this bill would enable SBE to define the appropriate content and skills for health education. A substantive part of health education is comprised of nutrition education, as evidenced by the SBE's Health Framework. We believe that science-based, sequential health/nutrition education is the essential educational component for complementing the environmental changes that are finally taking place in schools: healthier foods, reduced soda sales, school gardens (etc…) Health education standards will define not only essential knowledge, but also more importantly, the skills that students need to apply that knowledge and make healthful decisions for the rest of their lives.

The SBE's newly adopted physical education standards do not represent or communicate the same content, and link to the content of health education in only two areas: performance related nutrition and the health benefits of physical activity. The physical education standards represent the content of the discipline of physical education and describe what students should know and be able to do in motor skill development, principles of movement concepts, physical fitness and the psychological and sociological principles related to physical activity.

The Child Nutrition Advisory Council has, for decades, sought to formalize instructional objectives for nutrition education. We believe that health education standards will finally make this a reality."

Council members had questions about funding the Standards through Nutrition Network funding. They requested a presentation on this funding at one of the next Council meetings. It was also noted that the Council is subject to the Bagley Keene Act, and Council members also requested information on the Act at one of the next Council meetings.

Michael Danzik, Nutrition Education Assistant, NSD provided an overview of SB 12 and 965. Summaries of the legislation were provided to members. It was pointed out that the Governor is sponsoring SB 965 and the Superintendent of Public Instruction O'Connell called for this action in January 2005

Council members discussed current regulations related to foods and beverages served and sold in schools as well as timelines for implementing these bills.

Jan Lewis, Nutrition Education Consultant, NSD, provided the Council with an update on school wellness policy development and implementation. She shared "Making It Happen! - School Nutrition Success Stories", a document created by Team Nutrition and the Centers for Disease Control. It contains success stories from 32 school districts that changed competitive food options. The schools used six approaches to change competitive foods:

  1. Establish nutrition standards for competitive foods.
  2. Influence food and beverage contracts.
  3. Make more healthful foods and beverages available.
  4. Adopt marketing techniques to promote healthful choices.
  5. Limit student access to competitive foods.
  6. Use fundraising activities and rewards that support student health.

Council members requested that this item be on the agenda as an update at one of the next Council meetings, and offered to review prototype wellness policies.

Council Business (Rob Challinor)

Old Business
Update on Advisory Committee on Implementation of Nutrition Standards

Mr. Rob Challinor reported on the CDE Advisory Committee on Implementation of Nutrition Standards.

The committee has developed nine design principles, quality indicators and then implementation strategies to form recommendations for implementing nutrition strategies within school districts and schools. Rob indicated he would share a draft of the document at the next CNAC meeting. The goal is for the document to be posted on the Web site for public comment on October 14, 2005.

Meeting Dates

Meeting dates through June 2006 were established as follows:

  • Wednesday, October 12, 2005
  • Friday, December 16, 2005
  • Wednesday, February 8, 2006
  • Wednesday, April 12, 2006
  • Wednesday, June 21, 2006

These meeting dates will not change unless fewer members than required for a quorum indicate that they are unable to attend a meeting.

Members requested that all meetings be held in Sacramento at CDE, 1430 N. Street and noted that Room 2315 served the group well although it is difficult to find.

Elections

The Chair opened nominations for vice chair to serve until the end of the current calendar year. Richard Greene was nominated, with no additional nominations. A vote was taken, and Mr. Greene was unanimously elected to serve as CNAC Vice Chair until the end of the year.

New Business
Council Vacancy

The Council currently has a vacancy in the position of student representative. Dr. Rebecca Parker reported that the SBE is currently working toward filling that position.

Bylaws Update

Dr. Rebecca Parker reported that Council approved Bylaws changes were accepted and adopted by the SBE.

Per Child Nutrition Advisory Council Bylaws, Article V. Procedures, Section 2. Amendments to Bylaws, "Recommendations to amend these bylaws may be made at any regular meeting of the Council by a majority of the entire voting membership, provided a written notice of such amendment, including the proposed text….has been submitted in writing at least two weeks in advance."

The Chair requested that Council members review Council bylaws , paying particular attention to the timing of the election of officers. If any members have proposals to change the bylaws, please provide the changes by email to Elizabeth Moreno, NSD, as well as the Chair, at least three weeks in advance of the Council meeting at which they will be discussed.

Council Mission and Goals

The current Council Mission Statement was reviewed. It was noted that it has not been updated to reflect changes to Council Bylaws. (The Mission Statement references advising the Food Distribution Program in regard to product offerings.)

Several possible specific goals were discussed, including working with CDE on implementing State Board regulations on competitive foods, which include foods of minimal nutritional value (FMNV) as a sub-set; review and response to proposed legislation related to nutrition and health; and input to school wellness policy development.

The Council will hold discussions of these specific items as goals at the next meeting, October 12, 2005. Council members were asked to review the CDE NSD Management Bulletin on competitive foods (MB 05-110) to prepare for the next meeting.

Council members also requested discussion issues related to disaster feeding and the process for changing the name and make-up of the Council be on one of the next Council meetings.

It was moved and seconded that future meetings begin at 9:15 a.m. and end by 4:00 p.m. The motion passed.

Council members also agreed to work over lunch if necessary to allow additional time for covering agenda topics.

Adjournment

A motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting. The motion passed and the meeting was adjourned at 3:45 p.m.

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