Promotes nutrition education and physical activity at the state and local level to prevent childhood obesity, as originally proposed by Rep. Castle in H.R. 2227, the Childhood Obesity Prevention Act;
Requires local wellness policies designed and implemented at the local level, and authorize the Department of Agriculture to provide technical assistance, if requested by the school or school district, in implementing healthy school environments. The content of local wellness policies would be decided by local parents, teachers, administrators, school food service, school boards, and the public. The Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act does not permit the federal government to dictate to local school districts the content of wellness policies to encourage nutrition and physical activity;
Continues current policy encouraging all children to consume cow’s milk, yet give schools the option to offer a nutritionally equivalent non-dairy substitute to children who cannot drink cow’s milk for medical or other special dietary reasons;
Authorizes the continuation and expansion of the Fruit and Vegetable Pilot Program, which provides free fresh and dried fruits and fresh vegetables, to 8 states and 3 Indian reservations;
Ensures food safety by maintaining and strengthening quality and safety standards and improving meal quality; and
Strengthens partnerships between local farms, school gardens, and child nutrition programs to ensure fresh, local produce can go from the farms to schools, an initiative proposed by Reps. Fred Upton (R-MI) and Ron Kind (D-WI).