Academy Supports New Bill in Congress: Nutrition Education and Wellness in Schools

07/05/2017 - U.S. Reps. Jim McGovern (Mass.), Mark Pocan (Wis.) and Tim Ryan (Ohio), introduced the Nutrition Coordinators for Local Healthy Youth Act last week. The bill will help schools meet their wellness policy goals that focus on nutrition by providing grant funding.

With the Academy's input, the bill focuses on the need to coordinate school meals and nutrition education with qualified nutrition professionals leading these efforts. In announcing the Academy's support, President Donna Martin, EdS, RDN, LD, SNS, FAND, said the bill "supports the development of children's lifelong healthy behaviors that will improve educational attainment and decrease diet-related chronic disease."

Learn more here about the bill.