School Officials, Health and Nutrition Experts, and Food Industry Participating in NYS Assembly Roundtable on School Nutrition Standards

State and local officials, organizations, and businesses attending meeting sponsored by Assemblymembers Sandy Galef and Felix Ortiz
November 21, 2005

Assemblymembers Sandy Galef (Westchester) and Felix Ortiz (Brooklyn), Chair, NYS Assembly Task Force on Food, Farm and Nutrition Policy, are sponsoring a roundtable meeting to solicit input and feedback on school nutrition legislation.

Date: Monday, November 28th
Time: 1pm
Place: Croton Municipal Building, One Van Wyck Street, Croton, New York

Assemblymembers Galef and Ortiz are co-sponsors of A.5882/S.4940, which would regulate products sold in school vending machines. In anticipation of next year’s legislative session they will discuss their legislative agendas for school nutrition along with new or different proposals that would regulate the nutritional quality of food and beverages sold and offered in schools. They will also discuss other proposals and ideas to improve nutrition and reduce obesity in school children.

In response to concerns about childhood obesity, a federal law was passed last year requiring school districts to establish a wellness policy, which is to include goals for “campus food provision.” The NYS Dept. of Health is providing grants to schools to review and improve their nutrition and health policies as part of the Childhood Obesity Prevention Program (Ortiz, Galef). New York has a 1987 law that restricts the sale of candy and soda in public schools but many believe we need new policies to update school nutrition guidelines as several other States have done in recent years.

Those expected to participate include representatives of: NYS Education Department, NYS School Boards Association, NYS School Nutrition Association (NYSNA), Chappaqua Schools, Ossining Schools, Southern Westchester BOCES Board, NYS PTA, Westchester Co. Health Department, The Open Door Family Medical Centers (Westchester), NYS Dietetic Association, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, National Medical Association, NYC Nutrition Education Network, American Dairy Association & Dairy Council, NYS Coalition for Healthy School Lunches, NYS Automatic Vending Association, NYS Dairy Food, Inc., Pepsi Corp, Coca-Cola, and others.