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Nutrition Education Act

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02/13/2020 Introduced in House Open

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116TH CONGRESS 
2D SESSION H. R. 5892 

To amend section 9A of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch 
Act to require that local school wellness policies include a requirement 
that students receive 50 hours of school nutrition education per school 
year. 

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 

FEBRUARY 13, 2020 
Mr. CARTWRIGHT (for himself, Mr. YOHO, Mr. LOWENTHAL, Mr. TAKANO, 

Mr. PAYNE, Mr. SWALWELL of California, Mr. RASKIN, Ms. MOORE, Ms. 
NORTON, Mr. VARGAS, and Mr. PETERS) introduced the following bill; 
which was referred to the Committee on Education and Labor 

A BILL 
To amend section 9A of the Richard B. Russell National 

School Lunch Act to require that local school wellness 
policies include a requirement that students receive 50 
hours of school nutrition education per school year. 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa-1

tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, 2

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. 3

This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Nutrition Education 4

Act’’. 5

SEC. 2. FINDINGS. 6

Congress finds the following: 7

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(1) Section 9A of the Richard B. Russell Na-1

tional School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1758b) requires 2

all local educational agencies participating in a pro-3

gram authorized by the Richard B. Russell National 4

School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1751 et seq.) or the 5

Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. 1771 et 6

seq.) to establish a local school wellness policy for 7

schools under the jurisdiction of local educational 8

agencies that include nutrition promotion and edu-9

cation. However, there are no specific requirements 10

regarding the amount of time or type of classes that 11

school children have to spend or take in nutrition 12

education. 13

(2) Some schools include in their health edu-14

cation classes some general information about nutri-15

tion, but there are no specific guidelines of what the 16

minimum requirements should be. The mean number 17

of hours spent on nutrition education in the first 4 18

years of school is only 13 hours per year. A min-19

imum of 50 hours per year are thought to be nec-20

essary to influence behavior. 21

(3) Each local educational agency participating 22

in a program authorized by the Richard B. Russell 23

National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1751 et seq.) 24

or the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. 1771 25

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et seq.) should have a minimum requirement for 1

amount of time per year students should spend on 2

nutrition education and the type of instruction that 3

should be provided as part of such education. 4

SEC. 3. SCHOOL NUTRITION EDUCATION REQUIREMENT. 5

(a) AMENDMENTS.—Section 9A(b) of the Richard B. 6

Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1758b(b)) 7

is amended— 8

(1) in paragraph (1), by striking ‘‘nutrition 9

promotion and education, physical activity,’’ and in-10

serting ‘‘physical activity’’; 11

(2) by redesignating paragraphs (2) through 12

(5) as paragraphs (3) through (6), respectively; and 13

(3) by inserting after paragraph (1), the fol-14

lowing: 15

‘‘(2) a requirement for 50 hours of school nutri-16

tion education during a school year for each student 17

at a school under the jurisdiction of the local edu-18

cational agency, which includes instruction that— 19

‘‘(A) is consistent with sections 9 and 17 20

of this Act, and sections 4 and 10 of the Child 21

Nutrition Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. 1773, 1779); 22

‘‘(B) is offered at each grade level as part 23

of a sequential, comprehensive, standards-based 24

program designed to provide students with the 25

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knowledge and skills necessary to promote and 1

protect their health; 2

‘‘(C) is part of not only health education 3

classes, but is also encouraged to be incor-4

porated into classroom instruction in subjects 5

such as math, science, language arts, social 6

sciences, and elective subjects; 7

‘‘(D) includes enjoyable, developmentally 8

appropriate, culturally relevant, participatory 9

activities, such as contests, promotions, taste 10

testing, farm visits, and school gardens; 11

‘‘(E) promotes fruits, vegetables, whole 12

grain products, low-fat and fat-free dairy prod-13

ucts, healthy food preparation methods, and 14

health-enhancing nutrition practices; 15

‘‘(F) emphasizes caloric balance between 16

food intake and energy expenditure; 17

‘‘(G) coordinates with school meal pro-18

grams, other school foods programs, and nutri-19

tion-related community services; 20

‘‘(H) teaches media literacy with an em-21

phasis on food marketing; 22

‘‘(I) provides training for teachers and 23

other staff in nutrition education; and 24

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‘‘(J) establishes a process to evaluate the 1

effectiveness of the requirements of school nu-2

trition education described in subparagraphs 3

(A) through (I);’’. 4

(b) EFFECTIVE DATE.—The amendments made by 5

subsection (a) shall take effect at the beginning of the 6

school year following the date of the enactment of this Act, 7

but not earlier than 3 months after the date of the enact-8

ment of this Act. 9

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