USDA memo issued to schools regarding tap water safety

USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service has issued a memorandum calling on all its regional offices and all state agencies to ensure that children in NSLP schools and CACFP childcare homes and centers have access to drinking water that is both free and safe. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 requires provision of potable water in the place where meals are served in all schools participating in the National School Lunch Program (the vast majority of U.S. schools), and throughout the day in childcare homes and centers participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (about half of all licensed childcare). The memo repeats the US EPA’s recommendation that “all schools and child care f

Make it a #SodaFreeAugust

Join the Storm — and make it a water storm! Join the Campaign for Dental Health (@ILikeMyTeeth) next Thursday, July 28 at 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT) for a one-hour social media storm to encourage parents and caregivers to make next month a #SodaFreeAugust! Participate for the full hour or simply post a message at some time during the hour and include #SodaFreeAugust. Health experts call soda "liquid candy," and it's no wonder. Regular consumption of sodas has been linked to obesity, Type 2 diabetes and tooth decay. We know that soda isn't the only high-sugar beverage, so we'll use this storm to educate families and their advocates about healthy beverages. Grow the movement to promote plain drink

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