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CNAC Meeting Minutes for April 27, 2005

Child Nutrition Advisory Council

An Advisory Body to the State Board Of Education
Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, April 27, 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
Lucy McProud Nutrition Education Health Specialist
Gini Natali PTA Representative
LeAnn Onasch School Food Service Supervisor/ Manager
Lloyd Porter Classroom Teacher
Molly West Nutrition Education Specialist
Advisors Present
Name Representing
Betty Hennessy Physical Education/Activity
John Peukert School Business Officials
Guests Present
Name Representing
Cathy Barkett

Executive Director
California State Board of Education (SBE)

Rebecca Parker Education Program Consultant, California SBE
Kathleen Moore Director, School Facilities Planning Division, CDE
Deborah Meeker Assistant Director, NSD, CDE
Carolyn Brown Special Assistant to the Director, NSD, CDE
Members Absent
Name Representing
Colette Hinckley Student Representative

Call to Order (Rob Challinor)

Mr. Rob Challinor, Child Nutrition Advisory Council (CNAC) Chair, called the meeting to order at 9:30 a.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance.


All members and guests introduced themselves. 

Approval of Agenda

The agenda was reviewed, with a motion made and seconded to approve the agenda with a lunch period of one hour.  The motion passed.  The Chair retained his right to change the order of business as necessary.

Approval of December 9, 2004 Meeting Minutes

The Council reviewed the December meeting minutes. A motion was made and seconded to approve the December 9, 2004 meeting minutes as drafted.  The motion passed.

The Council requested that future meetings be held at the California Department of Education (CDE), 1430 N Street, and that information on nearby parking and restaurants be provided to members prior to the next meeting.

Welcome and Orientation to the State Board of Education Child Nutrition Advisory Council (CNAC) (Rob Challinor, Cathy Barkett)

Mr. Rob Challinor welcomed new CNAC members.  Ms. Cathy Barkett, Executive Director, California State Board of Education (SBE) also welcomed Council members and provided an overview of SBE and staff responsibilities.  Ms. Barkett discussed the role of the SBE and the cooperative relationship between the SBE, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Governor’s Office, Secretary of Education and Department of Finance.  Members had questions about SBE involvement in the planned Governor’s Summit on Nutrition, and learned that there is no planned involvement.  The SBE is focused on requirements and coordination with the CDE.

“Healthy Children Ready To Learn” White Paper Update (Phyllis Bramson-Paul)

Ms. Phyllis Bramson-Paul reviewed the highlights of ”Healthy Children Ready to Learn, A White Paper on Health, Nutrition, and Physical Activity”, released by the Superintendent of Public Instruction in his “State of Education” address in January 2005.

Ms. Bramson-Paul pointed out the importance of the document to all of CDE, and noted that it is not a Nutrition Services Division (NSD) paper.  The White Paper affirms that the improvement of student health and nutrition must be integrated into the work of the Department. 

Phyllis reviewed the four key goals and instructional strategies from Superintendent Jack O’Connell’s address.

Goal One:  Support high-quality instructional programs.

CDE is working on legislation that calls for incorporation of nutrition activities and exercises into core curriculum of other subject areas such as math, science and reading.

Goal Two:  Implement nutrition standards for all food and beverages sold and served on campus.

The Superintendent announced his support for a ban on soft drink sales at high school during the school day, and his general support for nutrition standards in Senate Bill 12 and a commitment to secure funding for implementation.

He has established an Advisory Committee on Nutrition Implementation Strategies, which is meeting for the first time on May 13, 2005.  The purpose of the advisory committee is to recommend implementation strategies for improving the nutritional quality of food and beverages sold or served on school campuses, with consideration given to three focus areas: Program, policy and governance; Facilities and equipment availability; and Fiscal implications.  The committee is made up of a cross section of nutrition community stakeholders, with Rob Challinor representing CNAC.

Goal Three:  Increase participation in school meal programs so that no child goes hungry.

Additional revenue of over $800 million in federal funding would be available for California schools if all children eligible for free or reduced price meals participated in school meal programs. 

The Superintendent will work to obtain additional funding for school meals and seek special funding to assist schools to procure and utilize technology in food service, such as point-of-sale systems and nutrient analysis software. The use of technology has been identified as one strategy to reduced barriers that prevent students from receiving nutritious meals at school.

To increase participation in school meals, CDE is sponsoring legislation to limit the number of schools that can opt out of serving meals during the summer, and a letter will be sent to districts encouraging them to look at the time in which students are expected to eat a meal.

Goal Four:  Create a school environment that supports the health of students.

Parent/guardian education and support for the concept of marketing healthy lifestyles in schools, such as elimination of advertising on campus except when it promotes consumption of nutritious meals and promotes physical activity.

The Superintendent recognized and acknowledged the need to design and renovate schools to promote good health, especially in school cafeterias, kitchens and areas for physical activity.  He affirmed that he would work with the legislature and State Allocation Board to ensure that plans for new and renovated schools support provision of nutritious meals and physical activity.  He also identified professional development for child nutrition directors and staff as a priority.

Phyllis Bramson-Paul welcomed and introduced Kathleen Moore, Director of the School Facilities Planning Division.  Ms. Moore joined Ms. Bramson-Paul to discuss the importance of the built environment to successful implementation of nutrition and physical programs in schools.  She provided an overview of the work of the School Facilities Planning Division, and expressed her enthusiasm for working collaboratively on the Superintendent’s goals.

A free-flowing discussion of physical activity, health and nutrition related issues followed.

NSD Update

Phyllis updated the Council on NSD issues.  She directed members to an April 26, 2005 letter and Executive Summary of the University of California Berkeley Center for Weight and Health’s evaluation of the fiscal impact of Linking Education, Activity and Food (LEAF) pilot projects.

In addition, a State Legislative Status report and copies of key bills were provided to members.

Council Business (Rob Challinor)


A motion was made and seconded to immediately elect a chair to serve until the end of the current calendar year.  The motion passed.  Rob Challinor was nominated, with no additional nominations.  A vote was taken, and Mr. Challinor was unanimously elected to serve as CNAC Chair until the end of the year.

A motion was made and seconded to hold election of a vice-chair at the next scheduled CNAC meeting.  The motion passed.

Bylaws Update

Dr. Rebecca Parker reported that the Council approved Bylaws would be submitted to the California SBE for approval at the next meeting.

Council members requested that review of Bylaws be placed on the next meeting agenda, with particular attention paid to the timing of election of officers.

Council Role

Dr. Rebecca Parker asked the Council to consider the role it wishes to create for itself.  In light of the release of the Superintendent’s White Paper, and the use of CNAC’s Obesity Paper by the Superintendent’s Task Force, the Council could bring specific topics to the SBE as areas of concern, and for possible action.

Dr. Parker explained that the role of the SBE, since the 1990’s, has been to establish standards for “what a child needs to know” and framework to guide curriculum development.  This role in manifested in a variety of broad standards, such as Health Standards, frameworks and model curriculum content standards.

Dr. Betty Hennessy requested that the Council consider a goal of being a voice for health and nutrition.  She mentioned several resources, such as the “Harvest of the Month” tool kit being developed by the Nutrition Network, and new national dietary guidelines as well as other materials, and asked the Council to realize that behavioral skills must be included for any resource materials to be effective.  She also noted “what is not tested, is not taught”.

There was discussion about assessment of nutritional status, and the availability of data.  The “Healthy Kids Survey” was mentioned, and members asked SBE staff to explore what data is currently being collected that may be useful to them. 

Council members requested that discussion of Council goals be on the agenda for the next meeting.

Council members requested that an update on implementation of federally mandated “School Wellness Policies” be on the agenda for the next meeting as well.


The Chair asked members to reserve June 2, August 9 and 11, 2005 as possible meeting dates.

 A motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting.  The motion passed and the meeting was adjourned at 3:40 p.m.

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