NH DHHS - Guide for Schools Issued Regarding New Rules for Food and Nutrition

Concord, NH – The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division

of Public Health Services, Obesity Prevention Program released “School

Foods: A Guide to Implementing the New Hampshire Administrative Rules for

Education Regarding Food and Nutrition.” The guide is a toolkit designed to

help schools implement the administrative rules, which impact all foods

made available in New Hampshire public schools outside of the regular U.S.

Department of Agriculture (USDA) school meals and snack programs.

All foods made available in public schools during school hours are

impacted, including foods served à la carte. The toolkit identifies

nutrition standards for school boards to adopt that are accepted by the New

Hampshire Department of Education. It also provides information on

communicating policy, maximizing financial gains, promoting new foods,

celebrations, fundraisers, and other resources.

The new school rules were approved in October of 2011 by the New Hampshire

State Board of Education. In December, the rules were adopted by the Joint

Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules and went into effect that

same month. In March 2012, the Department of Education issued Technical

Advisory #21 to address the sections that apply to school foods.

“Over the course of a child’s life, a large portion of their day is spent

in school and thus a good part of their food consumption occurs while they

are there as well,” said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health at

DHHS. “In our fight against obesity, it is imperative that we look at the

foods served in schools and at school functions. This toolkit is designed

to make the task of implementing the new regulations easier.”

The Obesity Prevention Program (OPP) at DHHS developed the toolkit in

collaboration with the Community Health Institute, JSI Research and

Training Institute, Inc., and the Bureau of Nutrition Programs and Services

in the NH Department of Education.

The toolkit can be accessed on the Obesity Prevention Program’s Healthy

Schools page at www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/nhp/children/index.htm . For more

information about the OPP, visit the program website at

www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/nhp/obesity.htm  or call (603) 271-4551.