This month members of the Connecticut Congressional Delegation will be heading back to Washington DC from August recess. When they return to the hill, they will be fighting to protect funding for school nutrition programs established under the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act.
The positive effects of the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act are already being felt in Connecticut. 88% of school districts in Connecticut are successfully serving healthy meals that meet strong nutrition standards.
That’s why our advocates and staff met with members of the Connecticut Congressional Delegation throughout the month of August to make sure they know we support strong school nutrition standards.
However, despite the progress that’s been made under the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act, the food industry is still allowed to market unhealthy products in our schools. This sends a mixed message to our students. It is also counterproductive to creating the culture of health our students need to be successful.
This legislative session we’re going to be doing our part in Connecticut to support school nutrition programs and make sure our students stay healthy. We will be pursuing legislation that will prohibit the marketing of unhealthy foods in schools that don’t meet Connecticut’s school nutrition standards. So stay tuned. It’s time we stopped sending our students mixed messages.