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CNAC Meeting Minutes for October 12, 2005


Child Nutrition Advisory Council

An Advisory Body to the State Board Of Education
Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, October 12, 2005
9:15 a.m. – 4:00 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
Lucy McProud Nutrition Education Health Specialist
Molly West Nutrition Education Specialist
Adriane Robles (for John Peukert) San Bernardino Unified School District
Advisors
Name Representing
Betty Hennessy Physical Education/Activity
Guests

Name

Representing
Rebecca Parker

Education Program Consultant, California State Board of Education (SBE)

Cathy McBride Legislative Representative, CDE Government Affairs
Elizabeth Moreno Nutrition Education Consultant, NSD, CDE
Members Absent

Name

Representing
Lloyd Porter Classroom Teacher
Advisors Absent

Name

Representing
John Peukert School Business Officials
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 9:30a.m with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Introductions

All members and guests introduced themselves.

Approval of Agenda

The agenda was reviewed, and a motion was made and passed. The Chair retained his right to change the order of business as necessary.

Approval of August 31, 2005 Meeting Minutes

The Council reviewed the minutes from the last meeting. A motion was made and seconded to approve the August 31, 2005 meeting minutes as drafted with one correction: page 2, "Legislative and NSD Update", second paragraph, Proposition 98 revision funds was corrected to Proposition 98 Reversion funds. The motion passed.

The Council reviewed the information in their packet on placing their order for the working lunch to be delivered at 12:00 PM.

Public Comment

There were no comments made by the public.

Legislative 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, copies of key bills, and press release related to Assembly Bill (AB) 443, were provided to members.

AB 443/Yee called on the State Board of Education (SBE) to review and revise regulations related to the sale of unhealthy competitive foods on public school campuses. The Governor's veto message of September 22, 2005 indicated that the SBE already has the authority to implement AB 443. Therefore, Speaker pro Tem Lee strongly urged the SBE to review the current guidelines and put to an end the practice of unhealthy competitive food sales.

AB 689/Nava was signed by the Governor on October 7, 2005. This bill requires the State Board of Education (SBE) to adopt content standards in the curriculum area of health education by March 2008 if funds are made available. Council members had provided a statement of support for this bill for the SBE's consideration in September. Unfortunately, the CNAC statement was never actually heard by the SBE, but Council members were pleased to know that the bill was signed.

AB 1392/Umberg was also signed into law on October 7, 2005. This bill specifies criteria for summer school session waivers.

Copies of signed bills: SB 12/Escutia, SB 965/Escutia, were reviewed. Council members discussed current regulations related to foods and beverages served and sold in schools as well as timelines for implementing these bills.

Senate Bill (SB) 567/Torlakson was also vetoed by the Governor. This bill would have required LEAs to establish and implement a local school wellness policy that meets all the state laws and regulations affecting child nutrition programs, not just federal.

Old Council Business (Rob Challinor)

Update and Input on the Draft Standards Document Recommended by the Advisory Committee on Implementation of Nutrition Standards

Mr. Rob Challinor and Ms. Phyllis Bramson-Paul reported on the CDE Advisory Committee on Implementation of Nutrition Standards and shared the committee's working draft entitled "Healthy Meals…By Design"..

The committee has developed the draft standards document which includes nine design principles, quality indicators and then implementation strategies to form recommendations for implementing nutrition strategies within school districts and schools. The goal is for the document to be posted on the Web for public comment on October 14, 2005.

Rob and Phyllis asked Council members to look through the standards and provide any edits or additions. Many comments we generated by CNAC members for each design principle, quality indicators, and implementation strategies, and therefore more time was allotted on the days' agenda for review of this important document. Phyllis and Rob promised to share all of the groups' collective feedback at the next Committee Meeting on October 14, 2005, and assured CNAC members that they would receive the formal notice for public comment via email if they wanted to submit more input individually.

Review of Bylaws

Given the time spent on the draft standards document, review of the CNAC Bylaws was tabled for the next CNAC meeting, December 16, 2005.

Working Lunch

The topics to be discussed during lunch including CNAC goals and objectives for the year, and preparing a formal report to the SBE, were also tabled for the next CNAC meeting in December.

New Council Business

Process for Changing CNAC Name and SBE Approval

Cathy McBride, Governmental Affairs, provided an overview of how the past effort to change the name of the Child Nutrition Advisory Council to include "physical activity" had not worked because it had been added to the omnibus bill, which is reserved for non-controversial changes. Cathy shared that in addition to the name change, the omnibus bill also had included two additional members to regularly sit on the Council: a school business official and a physical activity/education specialist. Cathy suggested that the Council consider whether they would want to maintain these two new positions or if any other representatives would be more appropriate. Council members discussed other positions that could be represented on the Council if the name was broadened to include physical activity. The member's recommendations were to include physical education teacher and a health education teacher.

Cathy told the group she would research further the options CNAC would have to change their name and include other possible members and planned to return to talk to the Council again at the December CNAC meeting.

Members also discussed the general mission of the Council and how the Council serve as an advisor to the SBE. Phyllis suggested the Council formally ask the SBE of if they want to hear from CNAC regularly with respect to position on bills. It was also stated that CNAC goals and objective should be communicated to the SBE and this may influence what they expect of CNAC. Time will be reserved on the December agenda for further dialogue on CNAC goals and objectives.

Other new business agenda items including discussion of reimbursement related to disaster feeding, and discussion on foods of minimal nutritional value were rescheduled for the December CNAC meeting agenda.

Phyllis outlined the remaining agenda items and asked members to prioritize those to be discussed and those to be put on the December, 16, 2005 CNAC agenda. Members decided to focus the remaining time on SB 281 implementation and development of emergency regulations.

Nutrition Services Update

Phyllis reviewed that SB 281 creates the California Fresh Start Pilot Program and provides $0.10 to participating schools for every breakfast served that contains at least 1-2 servings of nutritious fruits or vegetables are served. The pilot program also requires schools to provide nutrition education and tasting and sampling of fruit and vegetables. Ninety percent of the funds ($0.09) are to go to the direct procurement of fruits or vegetables with "priority" given to fresh California Grown produce.

Phyllis shared the challenges in developing a definition of a "nutritious" fruit or vegetable. Phyllis asked for a vote regarding the Council's recommendation.

Following much discussion, a motion was made that nutritious be defined as: fruits and vegetables that are not processed and have no added sugar/sweetener other than juice, and that school districts should promote fresh fruits and vegetables whenever possible. The motion passed.

Phyllis also asked that the Council address another common question NSD has received from school districts: "Do all school in a district have to participate, and how can the reimbursement be spent?" Phyllis provided an example: If the high school in a district that applied for the additional reimbursement is serving 1 serving of canned fruit at breakfast, should the district have the flexibility to decide that the reimbursement may be best used to start a fruit bar at the elementary school and not use the funds at the high school?

A motion was made that for this pilot year flexibility within the system be given to each school district to allow the district to determine where and how the additional ten cent reimbursement earned will be spent within the school district.

Final Business

The Chair noted that December will be his final meeting as his service as chair ends in December. It was noted that Election of a new chair and new Vice chair will be on the December 16, 2005 CNAC meeting agenda. Other agenda items for next meeting were finalized and it was suggested that time for morning and afternoon breaks be incorporated in the standard agenda. Members also preferred to have lunch brought in again for the next meeting and would like to have the meeting packets mailed to them in advance to better prepare for the meeting/discussion.

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 4:00 p.m.

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