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Rhode Island Advocate Leads Congressional Visits During August Recess

 

On August 29, Rhode Island advocate, grandmother and Pawtucket Wellness Committee member Miriam Plitt dropped by the offices of Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse to talk about a very important issue – school nutrition.  The visits were part of a national campaign where advocates from across the country made special deliveries to their congressional offices in support of healthy school meals and snacks.  Advocates delivered a brown lunch bag that contained 5 puzzle pieces (see picture below) – 4 pieces fit together to display a healthy lunch, while 1 piece representing junk food did not fit.  The message on the bag read, “We’re puzzled!  Healthy school meals fit perfectly into a successful school day for every child.  Yet, efforts in Congress to weaken or delay strong nutrition standards threaten the progress being made to improve the quality of school meals and snacks.  Do your part to give kids a head start on a healthy heart.  Protect the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.”

We know that nutritious school foods are essential to heart health, teaching life-long healthy habits and helping children perform better academically. We are very lucky that Rhode Island has been a leader in school nutrition – and the RI Congressional Delegation and the RI General Assembly have been very supportive.  Let’s keep Rhode Island – and the country – moving forward!  Our kids deserve nothing less…

For more information on the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act click the following link: http://www.heart.org/idc/groups/ahaecc-public/@wcm/@adv/documents/downloadable/ucm_463491.pdf

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