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March 7, 2014
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RFKM E-News 

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Help Get Sugary Drinks Off Maryland Children's Menus

In the next two weeks, the Maryland General Assembly is scheduled to hold hearings on legislation that would improve the nutritional quality of kids' meals at fast-food and other restaurants by including only healthy beverages on children's menus. With one in three children overweight or obese, it no longer makes sense to include sugary beverages in restaurant meals for young children. A Harvard School of Public Health study found that for each additional serving of soda or sugary juice drink a child consumes per day, the child’s chance of becoming overweight increases by 60%. Your support is needed to advance these bills and improve restaurant children's meals in Maryland. Please take action today by asking your state representatives to support HB1255 / SB 750. You can also show support by writing to the editor of your local newspaper. For more information, visit the Sugar Free Kids Maryland coalition's website.

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Added Sugars on New Proposed Nutrition Label

Thanks to the lobbying efforts of many organizations, including the Center foodlabelfor Science in the Public Interest, the USDA is finally updating their nutrition label and including added sugars on the label. Should the new label go forward as proposed, it will make it a lot easier for groups such as ours to request limits on how much added sugar should be allowed in products sold to children in schools. Other changes include removing "calories from fat" from the label (because the type of fat is more important than the total fat calories) and changes to serving size requirements to reflect the reality of what people actually eat, rather than what they "should" be eating.

For more information or to comment on the proposed new rules, go to: http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm387114.htm. RFKM will be sending out the suggested comments from CSPI when they are available.

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Amazon-Smile

Click on the link above to have your Amazon purchases help support RFKM. Please bookmark it! Note it will say "Chesapeake Institute for Local Sustainable Food and Agriculture" who is our fiscal sponsor.

Real Food for Kids in Fairfax at White House

Congratulations to our colleague JoAnne Hammermaster (of the original Real Food for Kids in Fairfax, VA) and her son Sam who were invited to the White House for Michelle Obama's Announcement of the new school wellness standards.

Thanks to Karen Dubrow and Edgemoor Club

Our sincerest thanks to Karen Dubrow, her crew of volunteers and the Edgemoor Club who invited RFKM to be one of the recipients of the donations at the Edgemoor Clothing Exchange this year. Also many thanks to all the generous shoppers! RFKM made over $3,500 at the sale!
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