It has been over a year since the excitement of the West Virginia Nutrition…The Next Generation III (Generation III). This symposium continued the tradition of bringing together pacesetters and providers to improve the nutrition and health of West Virginia children. This report is intended as a summary and an update as well as a “mind-jogger”. Those who attended were told to watch for new guidance and indeed it came in the form of new Dietary Guidelines for Americans and a tweaking and personalization of The Food Guide Pyramid. Child nutrition guidance emphasized the need for school-community teams and for creating a child-friendly environment. More schools and community programs are incorporating guidelines to ensure that children have access to adequate time and age appropriate activity and exercise as well as nutritious food and beverage choices. Evidence continues to mount that our next generation is likely to have a higher incidence of heart disease and diabetes, two chronic diseases related in part to lifestyles. The combination of unhealthy body weights, low activity, and nutrition imbalances are a national and a WV concern.
Since Generation III, The Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the Food Guide Pyramid have been revised. Child Nutrition Programs, the funding mechanism for meals and snacks at school, in childcare and for the WIC program was reauthorized by Congress as Public Law 108-265. In the Section 204 this legislation established the need for a Local Wellness Policy . West Virginia is ahead of the game with policies in place and Generation Symposiums that provided the impetus to form teams and work toward improving the health and wellness of West Virginia’s children.
If you attended Generation III, this website should jog your memory and provide you with current information to update your notes. An updated resource list is provided. For those who didn’t attend the symposium, we can’t provide the enthusiasm that came with the discussion and the sharing, but we have provided some of the content. All of the information on this website can be downloaded and shared; we have secured permission of the authors. We hope you will use it with your school-community teams, your worksite, and your colleagues.