Task Force on Childhood Obesity Commission: Committee Recommendations

Summary

April 19, 2010

Representative Yongue and Senator Purcell- Co-Chairs

Recommendation 1: Expand and Enhance Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Education

The Task Force is recommending the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) immediately seek the technical assistance available from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other states to make North Carolina’s SNAP-Ed program the model for the South. They also recommend legislation directing the Department of Health and Human Services to do all of the following:

  • Expand the definition and use of in-kind resources to draw down additional federal funds to expand the SNAP-Ed program in North Carolina;
  • Develop a three-year plan to expand and enhance the SNAP-Ed program;
  • Solicit SNAP-Ed proposals beginning in October 2010 for submission and funding of new local and state programs in April 2011. The proposals should be solicited from across the State and should emphasize social marketing techniques;
  • Study the feasibility of placing the responsibility for the SNAP-Ed program at North Carolina State University and/or North Carolina A&T State University, the land grant institutions; and
  • Report to the Legislative Task Force on Childhood Obesity by September 1, 2011.
  • Draft Bill Proposed.

Recommendation 2: Expand the Capacity of Farmers Markets to Accept Electronic Bank Transfer (EBT) Cards

The Task Force recommends legislation directing the Department of Health and Human Services to seek proposals from qualified vendors to facilitate North Carolina’s farmer’s markets ability to accept EBT cards. Draft Bill Proposed.

Recommendation 3: Preschool Nutrition and Physical Activity

The Task Force recommends legislation directing the Division of Child Development to work with the Child Care Commission to include in the Child Care Rules all of the following:

  • Sugar sweetened beverages shall not be served at Child Care Centers or Homes regulated by the Division of Child Development;
  • Reduced fat milk (skim or 1%) shall be served to children older than two years of age at Child Care Centers or Homes regulated by the Division of Child Development; and
  • Juice shall be limited to a total of four to six ounces per day for children over one year of age at Child Care Centers or Homes regulated by the Division of Child Development.

Draft Bill Proposed.

The Task Force strongly encourages the Division of Child Development and the Division of Public Health to work together to ensure that the regulations governing Child Care and the regulations governing CACFP are not in conflict and support the goal of significantly enhancing the nutrition standards governing facilities serving children.

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