Web Forum

USDA’s Smart Snacks in Schools Competitive Food and Beverage Standards: What’s the Difference Between CA law and the Proposed Regulations?
Thursday, March 14, 2013 | 2:00 PM to 3:15 PM Pacific

Wondering how the new competitive food regulations recently proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) stack up against California’s competitive food and beverage standards? Join California Project LEAN/The Public Health Institute, the California Department of Education and Ad Lucem on a webinar to:

  • Compare current California competitive food and beverage legislation (SB 12 and 965) to the proposed USDA regulations
  • Learn how to submit comments to USDA on the proposed regulations and why it is important for USDA to hear from California
  • Hear key recommended comments to USDA from CA Project LEAN/Public Health Institute

While California adopted its current competitive food and beverage standards in 2005, the USDA has taken a big step by proposing minimum nutrition standards for foods and beverages sold in schools across the country. A key component of the USDA proposal is that states and school districts can keep or adopt standards that go above and beyond USDA’s. This is good news in California, where school districts have worked hard to put standards in place – some even stricter than California's current standards. This webinar will help you gain a deeper understanding of the proposed USDA standards, including the strengths and weaknesses as compared to the CA standards.






    Cyndi Walter
    Program Director
    California Project LEAN (Leaders Encouraging Activity and Nutrition)
    Public Health Institute
    Sacramento, CA

    Cyndi WalterCyndi directs California Project LEANís programs conducted through the Public Health Institute. She has extensive experience providing leadership on programs that utilize a policy and systems change approach to obesity prevention. She currently directs Project LEANís statewide training and technical assistance efforts. This includes supporting The California Endowmentís Building Healthy Communities school wellness policy work and the Public Health InstituteísCA4Health work addressing healthier beverages in rural counties through a Community Transformation Grant. (www.californiaprojectlean.org)

    Mike Danzik
    Nutrition Education Consultant
    California Department of Education
    Nutrition Services Department
    Sacramento, CA

    Mike DanzikMike is the California Department of Educationís resident expert on Californiaís competitive food and beverage standards. He provides training and technical assistance on this issue to school district staff and partners across the state. He also provides training and technical assistance on implementing the new USDA school meal pattern. Also while at the Department of Education, Mike has provided statewide marketing and outreach efforts to increase school meal participation and has supported school districts as they develop and implement the local school wellness policy.(www.cde.ca.gov/ls/nu/he/compfoods.asp)

    Lisa Craypo
    Ad Lucem Consulting
    Oakland, CA

    Lisa CraypoLisa has over 20 years of experience in public health strategic planning, initiative design, program evaluation and research. Lisa’s expertise encompasses food and nutrition, the built environment, community-based health promotion, public policy, and school health. She has led efforts to pioneer new methodologies to assess the school food environment, which have been adopted by researchers and advocates nationwide; examples include the development of a School Food and Beverage Marketing Assessment Tool. (www.adlucemconsulting.com)

    Gabrielle Serra
    Senior Associate
    Public Health Institute
    Washington, DC

    Gabrielle SerraGabrielle oversees the planning and implementation of the Public Health Instituteís federal domestic policy and advocacy agenda. Prior to this position, she served as the nutrition policy advisor to the Chairman of the Education and Labor Committee, where she was the lead staff responsible for the development and enactment of the 2010 Child Nutrition Reauthorization in the House of Representatives. She also previously worked with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services, where she, among other duties, played a leading role on regulatory efforts to update nutrition standards for child nutrition programs. (www.phi.org)


The following documents are PDF versions of the speakers’ presentations and are intended to be used for reference only.

USDA’s Smart Snacks in Schools competitive food and beverage standards: What’s the difference between CA law and the proposed regulations?


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The organizations listed below have come together to sponsor this important effort:

California Project LEAN

Ad Lucem Consulting

State of California,
Department of Education

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California Department of Public Health

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