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CNAC Meeting Minutes for June 21, 2006


Child Nutrition Advisory Council

An Advisory Body to the State Board Of Education
Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, June 21, 2006
9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 3102
Sacramento, CA 95814

Members Present

Members Present

Richard Greene (Chair) School Nutrition Services Director
Phyllis Bramson-Paul (Executive Secretary) California Department of Education (CDE), Nutrition Services Division (NSD)
Donnell Ewert School Board Member
Paula James Child Care Food Program
Melodee Lopez Lay Representative
Gini Natali PTA Representative
LeAnn Onasch School Food Service Supervisor/Manager
Lloyd Porter (Vice Chair) Classroom Teacher
Molly West Nutrition Education Specialist




Yvonne Chan

SBE Member/Liaison

Betty Hennessy

Physical Education/Activity (Absent)

John Peukert

School Business Official




West Ramsey

Special Assistant, NSD, CDE

Mary Marks

Learning Support & Partnerships Division

Members Absent

Members Absent


Rob Challinor

Curriculum Coordinator

Paul Gardner III

Student Representative/Board of Education Liaison

Lucy McProud

Nutrition Education Health Specialist

Call to Order (Richard Greene)

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


All members and guests introduced themselves.

Public Comment

John Peukert discussed the communication/press release from Superintendent O’Connell’s regarding the failure of schools to meet the Physical Education minimum requirements. He recommended that the Council send a letter of commendation to the Superintendent for his efforts and support.

One of the council members commented that the lobby display referenced the Healthy Kids Survey.
Action item: West to provide copy of the Healthy Kids Survey to Council members.

Approval of March 22, 2006 Meeting Minutes

The agenda was reviewed and approved by unanimous vote. The Chair retained his right to change the order of business as necessary.

Nutrition Services Division (NSD) Update – Phyllis Bramson-Paul

Phyllis discussed the status of the money proposed in the budget for increasing the state reimbursement for free and reduced meals and gave an update on legislation currently being proposed dealing with school nutrition issues, including reimbursement of paid meals.

Paula James requested information on the cost of providing the same reimbursement increase to non-profit CACFP sponsors. Phyllis agreed to provide the Council this information at a later date.

Guest Speakers

Mary Marks, CDE Learning Support & Partnership Division

Mary shared the time line for the Advisory Panel on Health Education Standards and encouraged Council members to review and provide feedback on the draft document. The review period begins July 14, 2006 and comments are due by August 4, 2006.

Health Standards Content Divisions

  • Mental, Emotional, Social Health
  • Nutrition and Physical Activity
  • Personal and Community Health
  • Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs
  • Growth and Development (Sexual Health 5th grade and above)
  • Injury and violent injury prevention

Mary stated that public hearings will be conducted August 1st (SBE board room 6:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.) and August 3rd in Los Angeles (6:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.). Information will be posted to their Web site.

Mary also stated that they are currently on schedule to complete standards one year before the mandated requirement.

Richard suggested the Council review the Health Standards prior to August and provide support by way of recommendations to the Health Standards Advisory Board and the State Board of Education.

Action Item:

Discussion of Health Standards to take place at next Council meeting.

Carolyn and Mary possibly to attend next CNAC meeting to help Council review Health Standards document.

Nutrition Services Division Update (Phyllis Bramson-Paul)


Phyllis discussed the requirements for Summer School Meal Waivers as laid out in Management Bulletin 06-103. Phyllis explained that CDE sponsored legislation that was enacted last year in order to set stricter waiver requirements and that the number of waivers has decreased as a result.

Phyllis also mentioned that if a district chooses a school with 50 percent or more free and reduced meals, that all students that attend for summer school would receive a free meal. She stated that NSD plans to send out a reminder letter to school districts in January on how they should consider this health/nutrition opportunity when determining the location of summer schools.

School Nutrition by Design (SNBD) Workshops Update – Jan Lewis, Nutrition Services Division

Jan distributed copies of the materials provided during the School Nutrition by Design workshops. Jan reviewed information provided in the update distributed to Council members in the meeting agenda packet and passed out copies of the Taking Action for Healthy Environments.

  • Jan summarized the assessment document in the SNBD packet and provided an overview of the workshops:
  • More than 750 people representing more than 260 school districts participated in the workshops.
  • Attendance from past SHAPE workshops more than doubled due to the emphasis on SNBD. Many districts attending were non-SHAPE districts, which are now interested in participating in future SHAPE workshops.
  • Attendees from the school community included teachers, administrators, food service directors, food service supervisors/managers, board member, curriculum specialists, school business officials, nutrition education specialists and parents.
  • Community representatives included county health departments, universities, U.C. Cooperative Extension, Dairy Council of California, PTA, 5 a Day and California Project LEAN.

Meeting Dates

Future meeting dates were agreed upon by the Council as follows:

  • August 3, 2006
  • September 14, 2006
  • November 29, 2006
  • January 31, 2007 (tentative)

The Council adjourned for lunch at 12:30

The Council reconvened at 1:45 p.m.

Nutrition Services Division Update (continued)


Phyllis discussed what is currently in the proposed budget.

  • $3 million augmentation to fund breakfast and summer grants.
  • $15 million for school gardens

Phyllis distributed the report School's Out…Who Ate? written by the California Food Policy Advocates (CFPA).

NSD is proud that CFPA highlighted NSD’s improvements in Summer Food Service Program administration, such as:

  • Increased tightening of summer waivers approval.
  • CDE’s use of technology for program administration.
Tobacco Tax

Approved by the Secretary of State is an initiative for the November ballot that would raise the Tobacco Tax $2.60 per pack; proceeds of $60 million will be set aside for the Department of Health Services and the Department of Education to be used to fight childhood obesity, of which CDE will receive about $20 million.

Strategic Assessment of Child Care Nutrition

Phyllis stated that over the next year a group will be convened by Superintendent O’Connell and Secretary Kim Belshé of the Health and Human Services Agency, on how to improve childcare nutrition. Participants of the group will be from the state and local level and will be facilitated by U.C. Davis. The goal of the group is to come up with 15 or so recommendations on how to improve child care nutrition.

SB 281 California Fresh Start Regulations

Phyllis stated the State Board of Education (SBE) adopted the regulations with the Council’s recommended definition of nutritious of canned fruit in 100 percent juice only at its May board meeting. Phyllis also stated that the regulations went out for an additional 15-day comment period and will be voted on by the SBE again in July.

Action Item:

A copy of the law that prevents districts to waive physical education requirements for students that fail to pass the Fitness Gram in 9th grade will be sent to Council members (signed by former Governor Davis).

The Council has some discussion about the challenges faced by school districts to meet requirements given the lack of time and money available.

SB 12 and SB 965 Implementation – Mike Danzik, Nutrition Services Division

Mike stated that he is working on crafting regulations for SB 12 and SB 965 and that he is looking to the Council to provide input.

Mike distributed a draft timeline that shows what needs to be done in order to be able to present the regulations to the State Board of Education in January 2007.

LeAnn Onisch and Melodee Lopez volunteered to be part of the stakeholders group that will work on crafting the regulations. It was suggested that Molly West also participate; Richard will talk to Molly to see if she has a desire to represent CNAC.

There was discussion regarding enforcement and whether or not current law would allow for expanded enforcement through the new regulations. Research on this topic will need to be conducted and future discussions will need to take place in the future.


Phyllis stated that the changes to bylaws recommended by the Council will be heard by the SBE at the July meeting.

Action Item:

Add to next agenda information regarding changing the name of CNAC to include physical activity as discussed in meetings in 2005.

Meeting adjourned at 3:40 p.m.

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