NuPA Newsletter – August 4, 2016
Hello Nutrition and Physical Activity Committee Members,
In an effort to better connect and inform our NuPA committee members, CAN will begin publishing a NuPA newsletter. In every NuPA newsletter issue, expect to find resourceful information regarding child nutrition and physical activity, current events, and tips. Enjoy and thank you for everything you do!
Our next NuPA committee meeting will be:
September 13, 2016
10:00am – 11:30am
Call in number: 888-450-4821
Participant Code: 149071
(agenda to follow)
In 2015, more than 1.7 million of California’s most vulnerable kids fell into the summer nutrition gap. “School’s Out…Who Ate?” is an annual report published by California Food Policy Advocates to examine the reach of federal summer meal programs across the state. The report describes a summer nutrition gap that spans over 1.7 million kids across the state. That means 85 percent of children who rely on the health and academic benefits of free or reduced-price lunches during the school year miss out on similar meals during the summer. On the upside, while California’s summer meal gap is substantial and persistent, when it comes to federally funded free or reduced-price (FRP) summer lunches served, progress continues to be made. From July 2014 to July 2015, more than 130,000 additional FRP lunches were served across all summer nutritional programs for an overall increase of 2 percent. Read more here.
Within the signed $167 billion state budget, Governor Jerry Brown secured $5 million for the California Nutrition Incentives Act. The California Nutrition Incentives Act “increases spending power for low income consumers (CalFresh, SSI, and WIC participants) at farmers markets by providing bonus dollars.” In other words, The California Nutrition Incentives Act discounts fresh produce and nuts, creating an incentive for low income Californians to buy/eat more fresh produce and vegetables. This is done through the Market Match pilot program that doubles dollars of low income consumers ($5 dollars from Calfresh, SSI, or WIC will get you $10 at a farmers market), thus increasing their purchasing power. Results of this effort highlight that Californians that did not shop at farmers markets are now regular customers and are buying more fresh produce. Farmers are also benefiting from this program as their sales have increased. The secured $5 million will go to expanding the program to all farmer markets around the state.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently released a Health Policy Snapshot, Declining Childhood Obesity Rates: Where Are We Seeing Signs of Progress? Results of the report finds that the childhood obesity rate has leveled off yet still alarmingly high, compared to rates a generation ago. The obesity rate among children 2 to 5 has more than doubled, the obesity rate among children ages 6 to 11 has more than quadrupled, and obesity rates for adolescents 12 to 19 has more than tripled. The report also finds that childhood obesity disproportionately affects communities of color and in communities with high levels of poverty. Obesity in poverty stricken communities lack safe spaces for physical activity and lack access to healthy foods and beverages. Read more about childhood obesity.
PreventObesity.net released a new study: Monitoring the Uptake of National Afterschool Association Physical Activity Standards. The study finds that by 2020, at least 5 million children will attend afterschool or summer learning programs that have committed to implementing new physical activity standards. The HEPA standards were designed to help out-of-school time programs work to prevent childhood obesity and keep kids nourished, healthy and active.
On Tuesday, August 9th from 3:30-4:30pm, ALL IN will be hosting a webinar: Connecting Kids to Coverage: How Schools Can Help Kids Stay Healthy. The webinar will help you connect your students and their families to health coverage. Help ensure every student has a healthy start to the school year by enrolling in health coverage and getting care. The webinar will also cover Healthy4All Kids (all kids regardless of immigration status can apply to Medi-Cal) and Assembly Bill 2706 (the law that require public and charter schools to provide affordable health coverage information to families when school starts). Speakers include representatives from California School Board Association, Covered California, and the California’s Partnership. Register now!
The American Heart Association’s “Rethink Your Drink; Reducing Sugary Drinks in Your Diet” provides tips to swap out that harmful soda habit. Maybe you have been wanting to cut the cord with soda or want to encourage staff to quit the stuff. Tips include reading the label for ingredients, slowly reducing soda consumption, incorporating or switching to juice and/or smoothies. Make a change today.
Feeling overwhelmed, feeling stressed? Take a deep breath and read ACE’s 6 Breathing Exercises to Reduce Stress.”One of the best and most accessible tools we can use to decrease stress is to connect with our breath. During the stress response, the breath becomes light and shallow. When this happens, it is important to bring awareness to the breath to help refocus the mind. Conscious breathing ignites the relaxation response, which triggers physiological changes in our bodies.” Read through the six tips and start enjoying a calmer mind and the health perks.
The California AfterSchool Network is now connecting expanding learning programs and job seekers. Job openings can be for any level of an out-of-school time program or organization serving youth. Visit our website to post a current job opportunity or check out our job listings today.