Weekly Wednesday Wire: January 16, 2013

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USBC Updates

Action Alert: Welcome Congress

Sign our note to welcome the new Congress and deliver the good news that breastfeeding is good for families, employers, and our economy! On January 24, MomsRising and U.S. Breastfeeding Committee volunteers will deliver your welcome notes along with "funny money" to each member of Congress. Our dollar-shaped notepad and coin-shaped magnet (both featuring the phrase "Breastfeeding Saves Dollars and Makes Sense") will be a fun, pun-filled, lighthearted way to get our message noticed, and also, importantly, to help shape the discussion about breastfeeding for the incoming Congress.


Federal News

Creating Healthier Child Care Environments, from USDA/DHHS

The Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) have released a new handbook entitled Nutrition and Wellness Tips for Young Children: Provider Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program to help child care providers create healthier environments for the children in their care. The Food Research and Action Center and USDA will be hosting a webinar on this topic on Thursday, January 24 from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. EST.

Marketing Food to Children, from FTC

In 2008, the Federal Trade Commission issued a comprehensive report entitled, Marketing Food to Children and Adolescents: A Review of Industry Expenditures, Activities, and Self-Regulation. The FTC has released an updated version of this report and ASTHO, the Food Marketing Workgroup, and NPLAN Webinar Series will be hosting a webinar on Tuesday, January 22 from 3:00 - 3:30 p.m. EST highlighting key findings and describing options for state and local policymakers to address unhealthy food marketing to children.

Breast Pump Resource, from FDA

The Food and Drug Administration has published a new webpage, "Breast Pumps: Don't Be Misled - Get the Facts," to help moms choose the right breast pump.

Community News

Breastfeeding Stamp Petition

A White House petition has been launched urging the Obama Administration to develop and issue a stamp or series of stamps that depict, promote, and normalize breastfeeding. If a petition gets enough support, White House staff must review it, ensure it's sent to the appropriate policy experts, and issue an official response. The threshold for this response is 25,000 signatures by February 10, so please share the petition link widely!

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