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National PTA Applauds Administration's Commitment to Strengthen School Wellness Policies

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Heidi May, Media Relations Manager

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Feb. 26, 2014) — Yesterday, First Lady Michelle Obama and U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, joined by PTA leader and Real Foods for Kids Founder JoAnne Hammermaster and her son Sam Hammermaster, unveiled a proposal to strengthen local wellness policies as a means to maintain healthy school environments, involve families in the process and ensure all children have access to critical nutritious food options.

“Teaching children about the importance of nutrition and ensuring they have access to nutritious foods is critical to help them make good decisions now and set the stage for a healthy lifestyle into adulthood,” said Otha Thornton, president of National PTA. “It has long been a top priority of National PTA to strengthen wellness policies that incorporate the meaningful involvement of families, and the Association applauds the Administration’s proposal to support the Congressional intent of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.”

In 2010, Congress passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which directed the U.S. Department of Agriculture to improve the nation’s child nutrition programs. The proposal unveiled by the First Lady and Secretary Vilsack serves to strengthen and support the implementation of local school wellness policies as included in the Act. The Act requires that parents be involved in the development, implementation, and review and update of school wellness policies.

PTA members and families play an important role in helping schools implement improved meal and snack offerings. National PTA and its constituents are committed to working at the federal, state and local levels to strengthen programs that promote healthy school environments and enhance the nutritional health of our nation’s children.

For more information about the Administration’s school wellness proposal and the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, click here. 

 About National PTA

National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c) (3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.