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Online Registration Now Open for LAC!

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December 11, 2012 – Online registration is now open for the annual gathering of school nutrition professionals in Washington, D.C., for SNA’s Legislative Action Conference (LAC). This year’s event, taking place March 3-6, 2013, at the J.W. Marriott Hotel, is your opportunity to be an advocate for children and make a difference in the future of school nutrition.

From passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act to implementation of the new nutrition standards for school meals, school nutrition professionals have witnessed historic changes to our programs that have transformed the way we do business and our ongoing mission to serve children. LAC 2013 is a place where you can network with other professionals and continue the process of discovering solutions to the complex challenges.

LAC offers the perfect setting to tackle new issues and share ideas for transforming our programs to meet the demands of our industry and our customers. Highlights of this year’s conference will include:

  • Two dynamic pre-conference sessions! This training will include an interactive session on how to become a more effective spokesperson, and another session that will offer tips and tools for creating healthy meals.
  • A political insider’s review of the recent elections and their impact on the political landscape of the new Congress.
  • Presentations from key Members of Congress, USDA and allied organizations on latest developments with the new meal pattern and other major issues facing child nutrition programs.
  • The largest number of breakout sessions in LAC history, featuring the hottest topics in school nutrition.
  • An exciting new Capitol Hill reception allowing SNA members and industry partners to visit firsthand with members of Congress and their staff.

The keynote speaker for LAC is Chuck Todd, NBC News’ political director and chief White House correspondent and the host of “The Daily Rundown” on MSNBC. Todd’s up-to-the-minute poll analysis and insightful commentary has made him one of the most sought-after voices in American political coverage, and his on-air political analysis can be seen almost daily.

These are just some of the wonderful opportunities that await you at LAC, so make plans today to join us in our nation’s capital for four inspiring days as we walk the halls of Congress, network with colleagues and discuss the state of our programs!

To learn more about LAC 2013, including invited speakers, registration and hotel accommodations, visit The special Early Bird registration rate deadline is January 21, 2013, so don’t delay—register today!

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Fall 2012 Issue of The Journal of Child Nutrition & Management Now Online

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December 10, 2012—Interested in learning about the perceptions by directors of technology use in school nutrition programs or about trends and barriers related to the implementation of branded concepts?

Articles on these topics appear in the Fall 2012 issue of The Journal of Child Nutrition & Management, which is now available online. Each issue of this online exclusive publication features several research articles on topics critical to the successful operation of school meal programs.

In addition to the topics mentioned already, articles in this latest issue focus on positive changes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program and perceptions of different school stakeholders regarding the sustainability and use of school gardens. You also will find abstracts from the 2012 Child Nutrition Showcase and a research update from the National Food Service Management Institute.

The Journal of Child Nutrition & Management is a peer-reviewed research journal published twice a year. To read the current issue, visit

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The Journal of Child Nutrition & Management—Fall 2012

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