"Research is clear that healthy eating patterns in childhood and adolescence promote optimal health, growth and intellectual development. Children perform better in school, and health problems such as iron deficiency anemia, kidney disease, eating disorders and dental problems can be prevented with a healthy diet," Perdomo said.
Four registered dietitians, all of whom are members of the American Dietetic Association, served on the IOM committee that made the new recommendations. And ADA believes registered dietitians are key to successfully implementing nutrition and wellness programs in schools as well.
"School nutrition personnel are integral to the successful implementation of nutrition standards," Perdomo said. "They should be appropriately certified and possess principles and knowledge in food, nutrition and food safety. "
"RDs are uniquely qualified to strengthen local school wellness policies, balancing student satisfaction with nutritional needs and doing it all cost-effectively. Improving the nutritional quality of our children's school meals requires trained professionals such as registered dietitians in positions of responsibility in schools and districts," Perdomo said.
ADA members are employed throughout the country in the field of school nutrition services, committed to the integrity and promotion of school meal programs and the advancement of sound nutrition for children. More than 1,000 ADA members belong to the Association's School Nutrition Services practice group.
The IOM recommendations which go to the U.S. Department of Agriculture to be written into regulations strongly reflect recommendations of the National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity, of which ADA is a steering committee
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American Dietetic Association