Child Nutrition And Wic Reauthorization Act

1816 Words Nov 2nd, 2015 8 Pages
I. Introduction

The Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act (Public Law 108-265) was passed by Congress in 2004 (Corbin & McKenzie, 2008). The act requires all public schools, or schools with federal funding, to develop a wellness plan for the students (Corbin & McKenzie, 2008). The policy is attached to increase opportunities for nutrition, physical education and encouragement of better food choices outside of school boundaries (Virgilio, 2009). While the sentiment is clearly positive, whether or not it works or favors certain populations is unclear. The Child Nutrition Act guidelines are a model, since some schools are not adequately funded, other vendors come into play that do not have the best interests of our children at heart.

II. The WIC Reauthorization Act

Many people are familiar with WIC today, and the requirements that school systems provide nutritional guidance in their cafeterias, but the history of this policy goes back much further than many people imagine. During the 1890s, it was accepted that feeding the children on school grounds was important (Brown, 2002). Obviously, the children would sit and learn for quite some time, and they needed nourishment before they could return to their homes. In 1946, the government took children’s health seriously by creating a lunch law. (Brown, 2002). Brown (2002) reports on the law: "The language of the law recognized the importance of safeguarding the health and well-being of the nation 's…
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