Tell the USDA You Support Strong Wellness Policies

April 24, 2014

Three things you can do.

There are only a few more days left to tell the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that we all support its efforts to get rid of junk food in schools. We know parents, teachers and students care about ensuring access to healthy food, so let’s make sure the USDA hears us all loud and clear.

Here are three things you can do.

1) Tell the USDA you support limiting junk food marketing, promoting physical activity, promoting nutrition education and ensuring all foods served in schools are healthy! Our friends at NANA created an online letter to submit. Do it today!

2) How about a last-minute push on social media to let people know they can make a difference now! Our friends at MomsRising are hosting a Thunderclap tomorrow to promote healthy school food. Join in!

3) And don’t stop there. Send a message to your followers today. Let them know you care about healthier school food.

Have a Twitter account?

  • If you can't sell it, you shouldn't be able to market it! Tell @USDA you support banning junk food in schools: http://bit.ly/1i3UJQF

Facebook?

  • The USDA’s Smart Snacks guidelines mean schools no longer can sell unhealthy snacks and drinks to students. So why can companies still market these products to kids in schools? Raise your voice to support the USDA’s proposal to ban junk food marketing in schools! http://bit.ly/1i3UJQF

If you want to learn more about the issue, take a look at the comments HSC submitted [pdf]. But our quick summary is this: the proposed guidelines will strengthen local wellness policies and put schools in a better position to promote a healthy environment for our kids. We commend the USDA for taking on hard issues such as junk food marketing and taking a stand on ensuring nutrition guidelines for all foods and beverages available during the school day.