State Board Member Selected To Serve On National School Nutrition Panel

October 13, 2005

Charleston, W.Va. - West Virginia Board of Education Member Barbara Fish has been named to the Institute of Medicine Committee on Nutrition Standards for Food in Schools. The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) nominated Fish for the position.  

Fish will join nine doctors and five others who have a direct involvement with schools and food standards.  

The committee will review and make recommendations regarding appropriate nutritional standards for the availability, sale, content and consumption of foods at school, with attention given to foods offered in competition with federally-reimbursed meals and snacks.  

“Our State Board Nutrition Policy is exemplary and I am so proud of what we do,” said Fish. “I am honored to serve school children in this capacity.”  

The committee will base their recommendations on several key issues. Among its charge, it will consider whether a single set of nutritional standards is appropriate for elementary, middle and secondary schools, or if more than on is needed. It will also consider how to assure that foods and beverages offered in schools can contribute to an overall healthful eating environment. It will further develop nutritional standards for foods and beverages offered in schools, with particular attention to foods in competition with federally-reimbursed meals or snacks.  

The committee will meet on October 26 - 27 at the Academy of Science in Washington, D.C.  

For more information about the committee, visit

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