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Support the USDA and curb junk food in daycare centers!

To: Tina Namian, Branch Chief, Policy and Program Development Division Child Nutrition Programs Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture

We applaud the USDA's efforts to raise the bar on nutrition standards for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), which serves meals and snacks to over 3 million children in settings such as child care centers, day care homes, and after-school programs.

Meals based on strong nutritional standards, rooted in science,[1] can establish healthy dietary habits early in a child’s development and help to mitigate obesity and other risk factors for cardiovascular disease. In particular, we support the USDA's proposal to:

* Ensure that children are served a greater variety of fruits and vegetables, with reasonable limits on juice.
* Encourage inclusion of more whole-grain-rich foods in meals and snacks.
* Reduce the availability of fried foods, which are higher in saturated and trans fats.

In addition, we recommend USDA strengthen the proposal by:

* Ensuring no sugar-sweetened beverages are served in child care facilities.
* Prohibiting flavored milk served to children up to age 5.
* Including as a best practice the elimination of deep-fried or flash-fried frozen foods.
* Expanding resources for training and technical assistance to child care providers, who may need help in making the transition to healthier meal and snack service.

We thank the USDA for its effort on this important issue.

[1]The new CACFP proposed standards meet the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which promote a healthful diet that helps to achieve and maintain a healthy weight, promote health, and prevent disease. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and USDA have jointly published the Dietary Guidelines every five years since 1980.

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MomsRising.org

This petition closed almost 4 years ago

How this will help

Join us in supporting The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as it updates the standards for meals and snacks in child care centers, day care homes, after-school and summer feeding programs.

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Join us in supporting The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as it updates the standards for meals and snacks in child care centers, day care homes, after-school and summer feeding programs.

These programs feed more than 3 million children every day, including mine and probably some kids you know, too. The proposed standards call for greater variety of fruits and vegetables, more whole grains, fewer fried foods, and more. We would also like them to use this opportunity to eliminate sugar sweetened beverages from daycare settings. The updates are intended to better meet children's nutritional needs without increasing costs for care providers.

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