The National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity (NANA) Coalition advocates federal policies and programs to promote healthy eating and physical activity to help reduce the illnesses, disabilities, premature deaths, and costs caused by diet and inactivity-related diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity. NANA is made up of more than 300 organizations–steering committee members, national organizations, and state/local organizations. Visit http://www.nanacoaltion.org to view a list of organizations and partners.
Dr. Jane Pentz, founder of the National Childhood Obesity Awareness Initiative (NCOAI), and co-founder of AASDN has joined the NANA School Foods Subcommittee. Dr. Pentz is also a member of the NANA Food Marketing Workgroup.
NANA School Foods Subcommittee
Many children consume at least half of their meals at school, and for many children, food served at school may be the only food they regularly eat. With more than 32 million children participating in the National School Lunch Program and more than 12 million participating in the School Breakfast Program, improving the nutritional value of school meals becomes one of the single, largest factors in improving the health or our Nation’s children.
Schools across the country are implementing updated nutrition standards for school lunches. School meals should now include more fruits and vegetables, more whole grains, low-fat instead of high-fat milk, and sensible limits on calories, unhealthy fats, and salt. With one out of every three children overweight or obese, 31 million children participating in the National School Lunch Program, and 15 years since the last update, it was time to make some improvements. Schools are working hard to implement these healthier standards, but they could use some support.
NANA Food Marketing Workgroup
The Food Marketing Workgroup (FMW) is a network of more than 200 organizations and academic experts dedicated to eliminating harmful food marketing — particularly marketing aimed at those who are most vulnerable to obesity and other nutrition-related diseases — by actively identifying, investigating, and advocating changes to marketing practices that undermine health. The FMW fosters ideas and momentum around national, state, and local strategies. It serves as a forum for researchers and advocates to share information, support one another’s work, and identify priorities for research and action.
A wealth of media coverage on recent evidence that being physically active can help students do better in school. We’d like to share a collection of these with you, along with a couple of our Active Living Research resources. Please share widely with anyone who cares about the relationship between children’s physical activity, health, and academic performance.
This infographic highlights a few ways that schools can promote daily physical activity for kids. Comprehensive physical activity programs that offer PE, recess, and safe and active ways to get to schools not only offer children the skills to learn how to be physically active for a lifetime, but also provide physical and mental benefits which help them perform better in school.