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Meeting Minutes Attendees: Carmen Adler Sanchez Jennifer Andia Colleen Bynum Marianna Chilton Rosa Dacosta

Nutrition Action Team 2/1/08 Courtney Grove Karl Ingram Leona Joseph Lamarr Kendrick Brenda Lazin Kelly Morrison

Meeting Held at 11th St. Health Center 12:30-3 Recorder: C. Grove Robin Rifkin Tanya Sen Barbara Washington Norman Weiss Colleen Eaglehouse Kathleen Coughey Niva Kramek Katy Wich Beverly Cylinder Parth Modi Sandy Sherman Joe Woodlock Natasha Mooney Richard Hillen David Stark Julia Cohen 2staff from 11th St.

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Discussion: Main Points • • • • Kellogg is beginning to look towards social networking All nine cities awarded Kellogg grants are meeting as a group – group from Phila went to Florida for this meeting Philadelphia Health Corps AmeriCorps volunteers are putting together a Nutrition Handbook and Community Resource Guide Announcement of a local food distribution near SHARE, where farmers bring in their food to be distributed throughout the city – “a common market” Colleen Bynum thanked group for all the information various group members were able to provide to her regarding getting fresh produce to a local summer camp. Mariana Chilton announced the YUMMY event held the previous week. There was discussion that a representative from the School District of Philadelphia should be at each meeting

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Anybody with additional All participants info on summer feeding program funding or options for getting healthier food into summer camps should contact Annie to be connected with Colleen. Not applicable • Robin notes that Lisa Robin Rifkin to Jones (food service follow-up with director for the school Lisa to see district) usually is in whether she, or attendance, but could another rep not make this meeting. from the district will be attending the next meeting Not applicable Not applicable


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several questions. Discuss a message or teaching you heard from your family of origin, that you remember about food or nutrition. Not applicable Groups responded: • No artificial flavors/colors • No junk food • Whole wheat bread, fruits and vegetables • No leaving house without breakfast • Complete meal in one dish (ex. Cornmeal, fish, veggies) • Don’t eat a lot of pork • Eat something from above and something from below the ground • No late meals • No drinks with your meals • Karl cited Michael Pollan’s words: eat food, most vegetables, and not too much. Robin handed out “Summary of vision generated at 11.30.07 Nutrition Action Team meeting”. Robin asked in small groups to discuss the following. “If I had one thing I can change in my neighborhood about food / or nutrition, it would be………..” • Make nutrition education standards a mandatory part of the curriculum in the schools. Discussion around starting this mandate in grades 1-12. • Hold corporations accountable for the claims that they make – discussion about misleading serving sizes, truth in advertising Not applicable Not applicable

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Robin requested that group members email Robin ( if they have anything they would like to add to the list, that

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Change people’s tastes about what food is supposed to taste like – example given, many kids think cherries are supposed to taste like a Cherry flavored Hugs drink. No idea of what fresh, natural foods taste like. Schools should experiment with the lunches served once a week to include fresh, natural foods in order to get kids exposed to these foods, flavors, ideas. Noted that schools are good, but we also need to be conscious of adults and must target this group because they are ultimately the one’s feeding the kids. Recommended including nutrition component to Teacher-Parent conferences. Discussion that with new BMI screening requirements in schools, this may be a good idea. Another group member noted that we need to not forget the younger population and stressed the importance of promoting healthy foods in daycare centers. Need to focus on nutrition across the lifespan. Parents give money to kids to spend at the corner stores, but parents do not currently have any control over what kids are purchasing at the stores. Suggested idea to have some type of card (such as the Access cards) that parents can load money onto for kids to purchase food at corner stores; however, the cards will only be able to be used for healthier foods sold in the store. Local athletes (high school, college, professional) should go to schools to discuss with students what they do to keep their

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bodies in shape Discussion around bottled water and the fact that bottled water can not be more expensive than soda. The city needs to have good tasting, high quality water available that is not bottled. Also discussion around schools and the water fountains. One group member notes that some schools have functional water fountains, while others may not. This may be due to lead contamination in the pipes and fountains being shut off. Noted that schools must have functional, lead free fountains for kids to drink from during the school day. Stricter zoning for fast food restaurants – so many per capita or per density. Fifty-percent rule – restaurants can sell 50% junk and 50% healthy, local foods. Robin noted that in Iowa stores that accept WIC vouchers have to have so much space dedicated to refrigeration, so that fresh foods can be sold. Policies to increase the amount of locations that support breastfeeding – more support from businesses, organizations, universities, etc. Regulations on kid’s meals at restaurants – choices should be healthy and low cost. Discussion was also around restaurants offering incentives – such as stickers, creative messages – to get kids to want the healthier options they offer. This may result in more restaurants offering healthier foods, if kids are open to eating healthy foods. Some group

members liked the idea of offering a program where restaurants can get “PUFFA certified” if they provide healthy options – there may be a sign or sticker businesses could put in their window to promote this to the public. Issue of health insurance and access to health information – health info in appropriate languages and literacy levels. Some group members noted that PA is now reimbursing for some nutrition services provided to children by registered dieticians. Discussion around the value of food and deciding what to eat away from home. Group had brief discussion about educating the public about getting the most from your food dollar – healthy foods versus straight cost of food. Several group members noted that it is a false assumption that healthy food costs more than junk food; however, several members of the group disagreed with this statement. Noted that could create a social marketing campaign to educate people that healthy food does not have to be costly food. Noted that need to change the foods available within the large food distributors – Aramark & Sysco- and that if these corporations see that healthy food can be profitable, this will result in a change in the whole system of their operations. Need to keep in mind those in the foster care system, shelters, and those receiving foods from the food cupboards. Need to look at the rules and regulations regarding donated foods.

Information on reimbursement for nutrition services to children to be forwarded to Robin Rifkin to distribute to group members that are interested. Contact Robin Rifkin if you are interested in reimbursement info being forwarded The PA Department
of Public Welfare has released a bulletin announcing expanded coverage of nutrition services under medical assistance. Effective November 1, 2007, DPW began implementation of Childhood Nutrition and Weight Management Program Services, which allows overweight and obese children to receive nutrition counseling from registered dietitians. These services will be provided by medical assistance benefits. Services may include assessment and appropriate nutrition/ weight management counseling to individuals, groups, and families. For more information, please view the bulletin at sFormsReports/NewslettersBulle tins/003673169.aspx?BulletinDe tailId=4131

Courtney Grove to forward info to Robin Rifkin, to be sent to a=ll participants that are interested

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Also discussion around how the foods that are donated are prepared. These foods are often handled so poorly. Healthier rewards for kids – not using food rewards in schools “New food environment” – need to flood a certain area with new foods – natural, healthy foods- so that local communities – that rely mostly on processed, pre-packaged, or fast foods- know what they are missing out on. Needs to be high quality, healthy food for anyone that wants to eat. Access to food is a basic human right. Everyone should be able to access quality food at all times. In the US we view food as a privilege, but this is not true. Produce trucks Places where families can go together to prepare meals for the week Access to jobs is also important. Jobs need to • provide a living wage so that people can buy quality food. Provide incentives to those that have access – such as Food Stamps- to make healthy choices. Example – buy $5 worth of fruits/veggies, get an extra $1 towards these foods. Need for Point of Purchase educational messages in stores & restaurants Need to create a vision – such as “create a • new food environment in Philadelphia”. After a vision is adopted, then need to think about what systems and policies can we change in order to reach our vision.


Need to distinguish which items on the summary of visions are true vision statements, and which are

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Need to create a vision – such as “create a • new food environment in Philadelphia”. After a vision is adopted, then need to think about what systems and policies can we change in order to reach our vision. Need to think about others that we need to invite to our meetings. Need to consider inviting those that can help to reach our vision - those with knowledge of policies, such as policy makers and/or lawyers. •

Need to distinguish which items on the summary of visions are true vision statements, and which are programs and policies. Robin has asked participants to review the list to determine which are visions, policies, or programs. Robin will add all new suggestions/discussion points from today’s meeting to the master list/summary of visions generated. Group would like to develop some general nutrition standards

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Discussion about the need for a PUFFA website or some other medium to get out our information to the group, as well as the • community. • Discussion about the need for group to come up with some nutrition standards. Some members feel this is necessary in order to help clarify what is meant when “healthy foods” is discussed by the group. Feb 29th • Location: Free Library- Skyline Room 19th and Vine 12:30-1 networking, Meeting 1-3:00 •

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