Since the early days of SNEB, there has been support among the membership for the Society to take an active role in educating members about nutrition policy. The membership has supported establishing and maintaining an active public policy program. The resolutions process is one of the mechanisms for members, or groups of members, to bring forth policy positions for discussion and vote by the membership. Resolutions provide a route for members to propose that SNEB adopt a position, take an action, or endorse a policy or principles in a formal manner. Learn more about the resolutions process.
The resolutions listed below reflect a historical perspective of issues of importance to SNEB members over the life of the organization.
Support Nutrition Labeling and Nutritionally Improved Menu Offerings in Fast-Food and Other Chain Restaurants
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1) Federal, state or local policies to require fast-food and other chain restaurants (smaller, neighborhood restaurants could be exempt) to provide consumers with nutrition information. That information should include calorie, carbohydrate, saturated plus trans fat, and sodium labeling on printed menus and calories on menu boards, where space is limited. Information on carbohydrates is important to people with diabetes. Saturated and trans fat content is needed by people with high cholesterol or heart disease, and sodium information is important to people with high blood pressure. Nutrition information should be provided in a standard format that is easily accessible and easy to use;
2) Federal and state health agencies, health organizations, and health and nutrition professionals, including SNEB members, to teach people how to use the nutrition information provided in restaurants to make healthier food choices for themselves and their families; and
3) Restaurants to improve the nutritional quality of their menu offerings, for example by reducing caloric content, offering smaller portions, offering more fruits, vegetables and whole grains, using healthier cooking fats (lower in saturated and trans fat), and using less added sugars/sweeteners.
Support Responsible Food Marketing to Children
1) Encourages collaboration among nonprofit and governmental organizations to develop guidelines for responsible food advertising and marketing aimed at children and adolescents, and urges food companies, advertising agencies, broadcasters, and other food marketers to follow such guidelines;
2) Encourages the federal government, states and school districts to implement policies to eliminate the marketing and advertising of foods of poor nutritional quality (foods high in calories, saturated or trans fat, sodium, or added sugars or low in nutrients) from schools. Such policies should include limiting sales of foods and beverages of poor nutritional quality on school campuses through vending machines, school stores, cafeteria a la carte lines, fundraisers, and other school venues;
3) Supports funding for media-based campaigns to promote healthful eating and physical activity to children by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state health departments, like the CDC’s VERB campaign;
4) Supports restoring the FTC’s authority to regulate marketing and advertising to children, including setting nutrition standards for foods and beverages that can be marketed to children; and
5) Encourages and supports state and federal funding for the inclusion of a media literacy education component in nutrition and/or health education curricula in elementary and secondary schools. Media literate youth have the skills to recognize, analyze, and evaluate media messages, which better prepares them to interpret marketing messages for foods and beverages which are inconsistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
Position papers provide a comprehensive discussion of SNEB’s policy on one or more topics. Containing extensive background information and analysis, the position paper provides an understanding of the issues and the reason behind the positions(s) set forth by the organization. Learn more about the postion paper process.
The Guidelines for Childhood Obesity Prevention Programs: Promoting Healthy Weight in Children (October 2002)
Guías para los Programas de Prevención de Obesidad en Niños: Promoviendo Un Peso Saludable en los Niños (October 2002)
Nutrition Services: An Essential Component of Comprehensive School Health Programs (March 2003): SNEB, ADA and ASFSA Joint Position
Food and Nutrition Programs for Community-Residing Older Adults (March 2010): SNEB, ADA and ASN Joint Position
Comprehensive School Nutrition Services (November 2010): SNEB, ADA and SNA Joint Position