Letter to the Editor Concerning Federal Nutrition Law

February 28, 2011

To the Editor:

President Obama signed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act in time for American Heart Month, which is just concluding. What better way to show our love for our children and concern for our heart health than seeing to it that all of our children are adequately fed with good, nutritious food.

This has been one of my concerns ever since 2003 when I raised the issue of childhood obesity and diabetes and what we could do about it on the state level. We have come a long way since then. Now by state law we encourage all schools to have a wellness plan and a wellness committee in place to oversee the types of food choices offered in our schools.

I am delighted to see the focus of these initiatives backed up by Washington. Because of our efforts at the state level as well as local initiatives, many schools in our state will already be in compliance with the new federal law for food on lunch lines as well as in school vending machines. Now, with this federal legislation, we can make even greater progress towards improving the health of our children throughout our country. We need to remain vigilant about this issue as it has serious implications for us all.

Sandy Galef