10/12/2011 - The Packer’s National Editor Tom Karst on Oct. 3 chatted with Shelley Hearne, managing director of the Pew Health Group at The Pew Charitable Trusts and a visiting professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Read the entire chat on the Fresh Talk blog.
12:04 p.m. Tom Karst: What is your sense on where the USDA is with comments they received on the proposed update to nutrition standards for school meals? Do you think they can get the final rulemaking done in short order?
12:05 p.m. Shelley Hearne: We are very optimistic. There has been overwhelming support. The devil is in the details — there are always going to be people pushing the edges.
But I think that once again (we have) the momentum, and the fact that there has been a funding commitment — and in these economic times that is an extraordinary testament to the importance of the commitment to our schools and our kids and to getting nutritious healthy foods on their plates.
So I think we think that this once again is another step in an alliance of what many see as unusual partners being successful.
Read the full interview with Shelley Hearne on the Packer's Web site.