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Keeping Science at the Center of Nutrition Policy

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Keeping Science at the Center of Nutrition Policy

May 18, 2016
By
Jessica Pino

From Children's HealthWatch: 

Every five years Congress reauthorizes the Child Nutrition Act, which is designed to meet the nutritional needs of children from the prenatal period through adolescence. The Act includes the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), the National School Lunch and National School Breakfast Programs, the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), and Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer (SEBT); these programs provide healthful, nutrient-rich food for children year round in places where they live, learn, and play. Ensuring that they are strengthened and firmly rooted in science and evidence-based practices is necessary to improve child health and reduce food insecurity.