Child Nutrition Advisory Council
An Advisory Body to the State Board Of Education
June 19, 2012
10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1801
Sacramento, CA 95814
Carol Chase, Caroline Danielson, Nori Grossman, Lawrence Herrera, Clell Hoffman, Lucy McProud, Soo Park, Marni Posey, Barbara Rohrer, and Trish Vance
State Board of Education Liaison
Also Present—California Department of Education Staff Members:
Jason Spencer, Stephanie Papas, Beth Rice, June Preston, Heather Reed, Donna Reedy, and Mike Danzik
Call to order
The meeting was called to order at 10:08 a.m. by Chair, Larry Herrera.
The Pledge of Allegiance was given.
The members introduced themselves.
Approval of Agenda:
Lucy McProud moved to approve the agenda, and Soo Park seconded the motion. The Child Nutrition Advisory Council (CNAC) voted to approve the agenda.
Approval of Minutes:
Soo Park moved that the minutes be accepted. Nori Grossmann seconded the motion. The Council voted to approve the minutes of the April 23 meeting.
No public comment was provided.
Stephanie Papas, Education Program Consultant, from the Coordinated Student Support Division and Jason Spencer, Senior Policy Advisor to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI) spoke on the Superintendent’s priorities to support nutrition education as part of outreach to schools focusing on student health, knowing that student health results in higher achievement. School leaders are a key part of this project.
Stephanie reviewed the goals of the Team California for Healthy Kids (TCHK) initiative:
- Increased access to fresh fruit and vegetables
- Fresh water readily available
- Increased physical activity
The initiative is being administered through the 11 regional offices of the Superintendent’s Statewide System of Support for Districts and Schools. The California Department of Food and Agriculture and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) share similar priorities and are partnering with the California Department of Education (CDE).
- Stephanie and Jason shared the Curriculum and Frameworks efforts that are beginning soon. There has been discussion about ways to imbed Nutrition Education into the Core Curriculum so that students recognize that good nutrition can be a natural part of their daily lives. Teachers need to be involved in this process though workplace wellness programs.
- Barbara Rohrer noted that school boards need to be involved more in the process, principally through the California School Boards Association.
- Caroline Danielson suggested that the CDE partner with the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) and their CalFresh programs as well as the Women, Infants, and Children’s Program in the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). The Network for a Healthy California may be a body that could combine the efforts by the CDE, the CDSS, and the CDPH statewide.
- Stephanie related various tools that are available through TCHK, such as school gardens, cooking classes, exercise opportunities, and ideas for providing fresh drinking water.
- Council members stated that data emphasizing that the correlation of good health and academic achievement need to be more widely disseminated.
- Jason and Stephanie noted that possibilities for a Web based best practices/nutrition resources program are being explored.
The Council took a ten minute break.
Heather Reed, Nutrition Education Consultant for the CDE, revisited the integration of nutrition education in curriculum and framework development. Beth Rice from the State Board of Education (SBE) staff, shared that the SBE would welcome CNAC recommendations. A timeline for the curriculum and framework is being developed, and Beth will provide that at the next CNAC meeting. The council appointed two members to work with CDE staff to draft a letter from CNAC to the SSPI and the SBE to emphasize the Council’s recommendation. Larry Herrera and Nori Grossman will work with Beth Rice and Heather Reed to begin that process.
The CNAC could also be involved in the TCHK initiative by participating in the establishment of a recognition program and participation in stakeholders meetings in each CNAC member’s area of influence.
The Council encouraged the CDE to use these resources:
- The California Endowment
- Kaiser Permanente
- The Centers for Disease Control
- The California Convergence for Health—a network of local community leaders
- The California Council of Mayors
- The Association of California School Administrators
The council adjourned for lunch.
Donna Reedy, Associate Governmental Program Analyst, and June Preston, Manager of the Northern School Nutrition Program Unit, presented an update of the interim rule for schools to receive the six cents per meal added reimbursement if they are complying with the new meal pattern mandated by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.
- School Food Authorities (SFA) must be compliant with the new meal pattern requirements on July 1.
- The SFA submits menus to the CDE for documentation of their compliance.
- The SFA must provide a menu for each grade level group and service line.
- The CDE will begin certifying menus on October 1 and has 60 days to process the menus and respond. Some applications will be accepted, others may require additional technical assistance.
- The CDE sends the accepted documents to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
- The CDE must conduct on-site visits to 25 per cent of schools, districts with 40,000 students or more and schools designated as “at-risk.”
The SFA has three options for menu certification:
- One week of menus with nutrient analysis
- One week of menus with simplified assessments
- State Agency review
The CDE is responsible to:
- Establish the certification process in accordance with the USDA rule
- Inform SFAs of their responsibilities
- Review the certification menus
- Distribute the six cents per meal to SFAs who have satisfied he requirements
These requirements are subject to change in response to public comment. The CDE has these concerns:
- Nutrient assessment tools may not work for every district, especially those that use scratch cooking.
- How do charter schools fit into this plan?
- Is 60 days enough time for the CDE to evaluate menus?
- Is the requirement for site visits for schools with greater than 40,000 students reasonably achievable for California?
Carol Chase gave an update on the training for this certification.
- Fifty-six trainings have been offered to date, which 914 persons, representing 667 sponsors, have attended. Thirty-two more trainings are scheduled for the next several months with more to come.
- One thousand one hundred forty persons participated in 10 Webinars representing 913 sponsors.
- Participants requested more information on whole grains, recipe analysis, salad bars, and facilities with multiple lines and entrees, specific menu plans, training food service workers, “kid friendly” recipes, and calculations for contributions to the meal pattern.
- The University of California, Davis is providing some of these trainings.
- Plans are underway to present workshops and technical assistance sessions through November.
- More peer-to-peer training is needed.
The Council suggested these items for the agenda for the next meeting.
- Review of the draft letter to the SBE and SSPI regarding inclusion the nutrition education in the new curriculum and frameworks with a time line for common core standards
- New regulations for accessible drinking water
- Update on the Provision 2 regulations
A date for the next meeting was tentatively set for September 10.
Soo Park moved that the meeting be adjourned. Nori Grossmann seconded the motion. The Council voted to adjourn the meeting at 3:04 p.m.