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CNAC Meeting Minutes for December 16, 2005


Child Nutrition Advisory Council

An Advisory Body to the State Board Of Education
Meeting Minutes

Friday, December 16, 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)
Lloyd Porter Classroom Teacher
Donnell Ewert School Board Member
Richard Greene School Nutrition Services Director
John Peukert School Business Officials
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
Dr. Mary Marks (for Betty Hennessy) Physical Education/Activity
Paul Gardner III Student Representative
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
Paula James Child Care Representative
Wendell Chun School Administrator
Advisors Absent

Name

Representing
Betty Hennessy Physical Education/Activity

Call to Order (Rob Challinor):

Mr. Rob Challinor, Child Nutrition Advisory Council (CNAC) Chair, called the meeting to order at 9:25a.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 October 12, 2005 Meeting Minutes:

The Council reviewed the minutes from the last meeting. A motion was made and seconded to approve the October 12, 2005 meeting minutes as drafted. The motion passed.

Public Comment:

There were no comments made by the public.

Election of Officers:

Elections were held for two CNAC positions: Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson. Rob Challinor opened the discussion with a nomination of Richard Greene, current Vice Chair, to be the new Chair. Paula James was also suggested for the Chair position, but she was not present and it was noted that her position on the Council expires December 2005. A motion was made to elect Richard Greene as the new chair for the 2006 calendar year. The motion passed.

It was also noted that several members terms also expire in December 2005, and was so decided that Rebecca Parker would inform the council of the process for renewing their membership and filling vacant positions.

Lucy McProud nominated Lloyd Porter for Vice-Chair position. No other nominations were made. A motion was made to elect Lloyd Porter as the new Vice-Chair for the 2006 calendar year. The motion passed.

New Council Business (Richard Greene):

CNAC Goals and Objectives

Richard Greene and Phyllis Bramson-Paul led the discussion on how to go about formulating the Council's goals for the upcoming year. Phyllis shared one opportunity for CNAC involvement is in helping NSD draft regulations in three areas:

  1. Foods of minimal nutritional value (putting federal policy into regulations and addressing enforcement issues)
  2. SB 12 food standards
  3. SB 965 beverage standards

Members commented how they see a need for a list of SB 12/SB 19 compliant foods (commonly found in schools), that school districts could refer to when trying to make purchasing decisions. Phyllis Bramson-Paul shared that NSD has a budget request into the Governor and the Legislature for $80,000 to develop such a food list for California schools that could be posted on a Web site. It was discussed that currently California Project LEAN Web site includes a SB 19 "snack food calculator" to assist schools, and the California Food Policy Advocates list on their Web site information about "improving School Foods."

One member mentioned that Food Service Department should not be put in the place of being the "food police". He continued that the health of students is what is important and that we cannot change student habits through legislation. If longer instructional school days or longer instructional school years were funded, trying to alter student eating/exercise habits may be more doable.

Others shared that the development of wellness policies has helped some school districts get more in tune with the areas of nutrition and physical education/activity, and that these policies are being viewed as dynamic documents to be worked on continuously.

To capture the specific goals CNAC could work towards, one member suggested coordinating nutrition education with language arts and mathematics. Also, support for additional training in nutrition education for teachers was expressed.

Student representative, Paul Garnder III, stated that he or his counterpart would be able to present the Council's goals in brief format as part of the "liaison report" at the next State Board of Education (SBE) meeting in January 2006.

The Council therefore decided to draft a listing of the "CNAC Goals/Areas of Interest" for 2006. After much discussion and clarification, the final list included the following:

CNAC Goals/Areas of Interest for 2006
  • Gain support from the SBE to include "physical activity" in the council's name. To promote student health and wellness, issues of physical activity and physical education should be reflected within the Council, by adding a member with expertise in physical education/activity and by changing the Council's name to the Child Nutrition and Physical Activity Advisory Council (CNPAAC).
  • Create a seamless/ integrated approach for addressing physical activity, physical education, and nutrition issues in schools. To be successful in promoting student health, one department (e.g., food service or physical education) within a school or district should not be solely responsible for improving student health on campus. Instead, promoting student health and fitness should be a priority across state and local educational programs/departments.
  • Ensure that nutrition education is included in the Universal Preschool standards. The CNAC is committed to ensuring that nutrition education and physical education standards are incorporated into the Preschool standards being developed by the California Department of Education (CDE).
  • Support adoption of Health Education Standards (AB 689). The CNAC will work to ensure that nutrition education is fully incorporated into the health education standards brought to the Board for adoption in 2008.
  • Support the Wellness Policy requirement (federal law, July 2006) in school districts. The CNAC plans to assist in the promotion of a healthy school environment and ensure that there is compliance and follow-up with district wellness policies. CDE, in collaboration with many other state organizations, developed a wellness policy guidance document made available in December to aid school districts in the wellness policy development process.
  • Support CDE in developing regulations related to SB 12, SB 965, and federal policy on foods sold in competition with reimbursable meals; and, encourage collaboration on technical implementation of SB 12 and SB 965 at the local school level (e.g., providing lists of foods complying with SB 12/965). Since several very important nutrition bills passed and were signed into law this fall, specifically SB 12 and SB 965, the CNAC plans to work with CDE on developing the regulations for these bills. The CNAC also plans to work with the CDE and the SBE, to update competitive foods regulations, including specifically the new federal policy language and ensuring that enforcement language is included.
  • Support for the implementation of SB 281 (California Fresh Start Pilot Program). On September 15, 2005, Senate Bill 281 (Maldonado) was signed into law as an urgency measure. SB 281 established the California Fresh Start (CFS) Pilot Program, which promotes the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables by school age children by providing $18.2 million in funding, with all but $400,000 provided directly for School Breakfast Programs (SBP).

The members agreed that to finalize the document a preamble be added to showcase CNAC's mission and interest in working closely with the SBE in the future. It was agreed that the CNAC executive committee would review the draft document and members would also get a copy prior to the January meeting of the SBE.

Process for Changing CNAC Name and SBE Approval

Cathy McBride, Legislative Representative CDE, Governmental Affairs, returned as a guest to Council for discussion on the process to change the Council's name to include physical activity and alter the membership to include 2 new member categories (school business official, and a physical activity/education specialist). She provided a sample of some draft language changes to current Education Code 49533 and the Council members approved of the proposed edits to the Education Code. Cathy shared that the next step would be to find a bill to attach this proposed change to and she agreed to return for the next CNAC meeting in February to report on the progress to date.

Review of the Bylaws

The Council furthered its discussion from the October 12, 2005 meeting regarding changes in the Bylaws to reflect setting different attendance parameters and whether alternates should be allowed. Members discussed that if the Council wanted to use alternates they would have to be formally appointed by the SBE. It was agreed that there was not a true need to have alternates if appointed members attended meetings regularly.

Members then discussed whether language should be added to the bylaws related to "acceptable" number of absences and what consequences should be outlined if members exceed the number of allowed absences in a given year. Several members suggested having a threshold that if a member missed more than 50% of CNAC meetings in a calendar year, that some action should be taken (e.g., a review by the executive committee and possible resignation of the member). Another suggestion was if a member missed more than two meetings in a row some action or review would be triggered. It was also discussed that other councils appointed by the SBE may have some standard language CNAC could borrow regarding attendance of members and how to deal with excessive absences. Phyllis agreed to research this further and bring some possible ideas to the next CNAC meeting in February.

The final proposal, barring existing language from other council's, was to have the bylaws amended to say "The expectation for members is to attend every meeting, but in the event that a member misses greater than 2 consecutive meetings, or more than half of the meeting s in a calendar year, this would constitute review by the executive committee."

Update on "Healthy Meals..By Design" Document

Rob Challinor and Phyllis Bramson-Paul reported that they shared all of CNAC's suggestions and edits on the "Healthy Meals…By Design" document with the Superintendent's Advisory Committee on Implementation Standards at their October meeting. They reassured the Council that most of CNAC's edits were incorporated into to a near final version. The document itself is currently being edited and formatted and the final version should be distributed early next year. Since CNAC had input into the document, members asked how it was to be presented to the SBE. It was suggested that it could certainly go out in the weekly mailings that are sent to Board members. Members asked that further discussion on this take place at the February CNAC meeting.

CNAC Meeting Calendar

The upcoming calendar of CNAC meetings was reviewed briefly and also suggested that additional 2006 meeting dates be calendared at the February meeting. So far, the scheduled CNAC Meeting dates are as follows:

  • Wednesday, February 8, 2006
  • Wednesday, April 12, 2006
  • Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Nutrition Services Update (Phyllis Bramson-Paul):

SB 281 Implementation

Phyllis reviewed that SB 281 creates the California Fresh Start (CFS) Pilot Program and provides $0.10 to participating schools for every breakfast served that contains at least 1-2 supplemental servings of nutritious fruits or vegetables. 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. The CDE also received up to $300,000 to be awarded to a community college or county office of education to conduct a comprehensive evaluation the pilot program and up to $100,000 to be awarded to a community college or county office of education to develop an online professional training seminar for school nutrition personnel, focusing on serving and promoting fresh fruits and vegetables in the School Breakfast Program.

Phyllis shared several challenges in the implementation of the CFS Pilot Program and the evaluation. The program was to begin at the end of October 2005, but CDE was informed that it was required to adopt emergency regulations before the implementation could occur and that approval from the SBE was needed for the regulations and evaluation guidelines. Therefore, there was not enough time to get placed on the November SBE agenda, so the regulations and evaluation guidelines are scheduled to be presented at the January SBE meeting. The online professional training RFA was released on December 20th, 2006 and applications will be due to NSD February 28, 2006.

Related to the CFS Pilot Program regulations, Phyllis reminded members how they voted to define "nutritious" at the October CNAC meeting. The Council defined "Nutritious" as: fruits and vegetables that are not processed and have no added sugar/sweetener other than juice; school districts should promote fresh fruits and vegetables whenever possible. However, CDE is also required to be in consultation with Department of Health Services and California Department of Food and Agriculture, and these partners had significant concerns with this definition. CDE is maintaining that the goal for schools remains to serve fresh fruits and vegetables and the first priority is direct procurement of California grown fruits and vegetables. Phyllis shared that NSD plans to send out an Addendum to the School Breakfast Program that lists the requirements in statute for school districts to begin the CFS Pilot Program. This way NSD can start accepting and processing Addendums for the CFS Program and be ready when the regulations are adopted by the SBE (hopefully at the January Meeting). Phyllis also clarified that the there can not be retroactive reimbursement for schools. The start date of the CFS Pilot Program will be approximately 2 weeks after the day the SBE approves the regulations. SB 281 lists no end date for the CFS Pilot Program, but the Proposition 98 reversion funding does have an expiration date; therefore, CDE is looking into how the CFS Program may be able to be continued.

State Meal Reimbursement Budget Proposal

NSD submitted a "State Meal Reimbursement Budget Proposal" which outlined the need for increased state funding (by $70 million) for school meals. Currently, school nutrition programs do not get a cost of living adjustment and reimbursement rates have remained virtually the same over the last fifteen years. In addition, there is some state reimbursement for "free" and "reduced" paying students, but no state funding is provided for children who "pay" for their meals. Therefore, this budget proposal would:

  1. Increase the state per meal reimbursement by $0.0648 to $0.2061 in order to ensure state meal funding today has the same purchasing power it did in 1990
  2. Reinstate state reimbursement for school meals served to students who "pay" for their meals
School Wellness Policy Work

CDE will be applying for noncompetitive funding (expect approximately $80,000) from USDA for technical assistance, training, development, and implementation of the School Wellness Policy. CDE is collaborating with such groups as Department of Health Services, Parent Teacher Association, and California School Board Association in this effort and to determine how best to use this money. Phyllis asked CNAC members if they had any thoughts how the use this USDA funding. Members suggested targeting training to small districts that are often underserved and to use the coordinated school health structure as a model. Another idea was to focus training on the top level leadership in districts (i.e., superintendents and school board members) and this may be accomplished through trainings offered via county offices of education and even by way of videoconference format.

Other Budget Requests

Phyllis shared that other NSD budget requests included:

  • $4.5 million to implement and grow the SHAPE (Shaping Health as Partners in Education) program throughout the state. Monies would go towards local assistance and implementation grants to schools, as well as a comprehensive evaluation.
  • $400,000 to implement SB 965 and would include a staff person to provide technical assistance to school districts and conduct training programs and workshops.
  • $6.9 million to implement SB 12 and would include one-time start-up grants to schools (similar to LEAF) and the ability to develop a web posting of " SB 12 compliant foods/beverages".
  • Additional funds for training and nutrition education related to SB 281.

Final Business (Richard Greene):

The Chair reviewed the items discussed that needed to be placed on the February meeting agenda which included: hiring a facilitator to lead the CNAC Goals discussion; determining future CNAC meetings dates; another summary of NSD budget proposal updates. Richard Greene also suggested that CNAC members e-mail him any other agenda items to be considered.

Adjournment:

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

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