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For Immediate Release: June 10, 2014

Statement on Provisions in the Agriculture Appropriations Bill: Threatening to Children’s Health

Washington, DC, June 10, 2014 – The following is a statement from Jeffrey Levi, PhD, executive director of Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), on provisions in the fiscal year 2015 Agriculture Appropriations bill (H.R. 4800) that would make it more difficult for the nation’s children to eat healthy.  TFAH has sent a letter to Congress outlining the troubling aspects of these provisions.

“We urge Congress to oppose any provisions that would attempt to roll back school nutrition standards—and, in so doing, decrease access to healthy foods like whole grains, fruits and vegetables and increase the consumption of salt, sugar and fat. 

With more than 90 percent of participating schools reporting success in meeting nutrition standards set forth by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, for the first time in decades, children are eating healthier at school. 

Yet, the Agriculture Appropriations Bill contains particularly troubling provisions that would restrict and/or weaken efforts to help children eat healthy, including one aimed at further delaying implementation of school meal nutrition standards.

Instead of this needless delay, Congress should adequately fund the U.S. Department of Agriculture, so it can carry out its responsibilities outlined in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kid Act and help the remaining schools reach the finish line – not give them a free pass to skip the final exam.

At a time when we may be making the first real progress against childhood obesity, policymakers are inexplicably putting forth provisions that would make it harder for children to eat healthier. TFAH will work with Congress to ensure these dangerous provisions are not in the final legislation.”

Trust for America’s Health is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to saving lives by protecting the health of every community and working to make disease prevention a national priority.www.healthyamericans.org

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