For Immediate Release
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Senate Vote Makes Children's Health a Top Priority

Washington, D.C., August 6, 2010 – Today’s bipartisan passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (S. 3307) by the U.S. Senate gives new momentum to efforts to reauthorize the nation’s federal child nutrition programs before the programs expire on September 30.Today’s action is another step toward ensuring that millions of children across the country receive healthier breakfasts and lunches in our nation’s schools everyday.

The Senate version of the bi-partisan Child Nutrition legislation would update the nutrition standards consistent with the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for all foods sold in schools; limit the sale of junk food in schools; increase the federal reimbursement rate for school lunches and provide more training to schools so they can serve more nutritious meals; improve and simplify the application process; increase the use of foods from local and regional sources; and support improved school nutrition and physical activity wellness policies.

“This bill is a huge step towards warding off some of today’s most life-threatening diseases by ensuring improved nutrition and wellness among our nation’s youth,” said Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E), executive director of APHA. “No child should go hungry at school or even face a future of chronic disease when there is something that can be done to prevent it now.”

APHA commends Chairman Lincoln (D-AK) and Senator Chambliss (R-GA) for their leadership and the entire Senate for its commitment to make children’s health a priority and calls on the House to take up the bill prior to September 30 as well.

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