The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has a committee doing a big study that will lead to recommendations for improved nutrient standards for school breakfast and lunch programs sponsored by USDA. The committee has just released its “Phase I” report, which explains how it plans to go about setting those standards and asks for public input. This report is available online as a pdf (go to “Read” and click on “full text”) so you can read it and let the committee know what you think of its approach. For anyone interested in the school meal situation, the report is a great place to start. It gives the history of the programs and explains why so many people think changes are needed. It will be interesting to see where the committee goes with this project. Stay tuned!
Next public appearance
New Directions in the Fight Against Hunger and Malnutrition: A Festschrift in Honor of Per Pinstrup-Anderson. Cornell University, Statler Hotel Amphitheater. The conference begins at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast and ends with a reception the following day with remarks by professor Pinstrup-Anderson at 2:25 p.m.
My joint contribution with Malden Nesheim is from 1:40-2:00 p.m. on “the internationalization of the obesity epidemic: the case of sugar-sweetened sodas.”