The 2019 World Series wasn’t the only important event going on at the end of October in Washington, DC! On October 24th and 25th, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans Advisory Committee reconvened for their third public meeting in the Jefferson Auditorium of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Building. Now, the seats weren’t sold out like the Nats Stadium, but nearly 1,200 participants did attend the meeting either in person or through webcast. You might be wondering, just what are the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs) and how do they impact me?
As a public health dietitian, one of my career and business goals is to engage with consumers on where their food comes from. I have witnessed the look on a child’s face when they realize food grows outside (mostly), or when they take their first bite of a new fruit and vegetable. I laughed, and cringed a little, when my mom told me the story of an elementary school child calling her avocado a black egg. To enlighten consumers of all ages, I am thrilled to share a few of my experiences on farms and where my food comes from. First, is a farm that I have visited many times, but have never taken the opportunity to explore its history or operations. It was a fantastic experience and I’m so excited to share it with you.
October brings so much fall joy- cooler temperatures, pumpkin flavored everything, beautiful foliage, and my absolute favorite- National Farm to School Month! Farm to School Month was designated in 2010 by Congress and occurs in October which is the perfect month to highlight local and seasonal foods. In addition to Farm to School Month, many states have passed resolutions creating a Farm to School week for the state as well! Of all the school nutrition focused months or weeks, Farm to School is my favorite because it brings together local producers and connects them with schools to provide local, nutritious foods to students. To truly celebrate Farm to School month I am rounding up five of my favorite Farm to School activities here on the blog!
On July 10th and 11th, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans Advisory Committee met for their second public meeting in Washington, DC. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs) are a set of guidelines published jointly by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). You’re probably wondering so why should the average consumer care about these guidelines? How in the world do these scientific recommendations affect me and my family? Well, quite a bit actually!
In the world of food policy and nutrition there are always pieces of legislation that capture our attention a little more than others. Recently, conversations began about Child Nutrition Reauthorization, a large piece of legislation that authorizes programs such as the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, the Child and Adult Care Food Program, Summer Feeding Programs, and the Special Supplemental Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). If you are a school nutrition director, or you work in the public health nutrition space, Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) is something you are all too familiar with.