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School Nutrition Explores Personal and Professional Safety

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December 4, 2013— Many of us may not want to admit it, but it’s easy to become complacent about safety—both in the workplace and in our personal lives. That’s why it’s always prudent to take the time to review tips and tools related to safety in all aspects of your life, as we never know when we will need to protect our students—or ourselves. The December issue of School Nutrition, SNA’s award-winning flagship publication, provides tips to keep you safe both at work and at home. Also included in this issue is an exploration of Greek yogurt, the protein-rich alternative that is steamrolling its way through the yogurt market.

As school nutrition professionals, you are a critical part of the school safety equation. “Protect and Defend” uncovers how to take steps to ensure your cafeteria and kitchen areas can be a safe haven and not a security risk. Bonus Web Content: Take time to review additional short articles about dealing with threats posed by fellow employees, questions regarding potential vulnerabilities in your safety training plan, advice for getting help in the aftermath of an act of violence and tips for basic kitchen safety.

In this age of more and more sophisticated technology, knowing the steps to protect yourself against cyber crime is more important than ever, as the consequences of a lost smartphone, tablet or laptop can be as bad as losing your wallet or purse! “Password Protected?” takes a look at how you can stop cyber criminals from trying to take a byte out of your personal and private data. Bonus Web Content: Don’t miss exclusive online articles offering tips on limiting telemarketing and robocalls, as well as advice on how to scrub clean your electronic devices when you are ready for an upgrade.

Between social media and the 24/7 news cycle, it’s more difficult today to turn a blind eye to incidents of bullying. In “Why You Gotta Be So Mean?”, learn how to take a stand against bullying in your school—and help kids do the same. Bonus Web Content: Bullying isn’t confined to the K-12 school environment and happens in a wide range of workplaces. Additional online content offers some tips for readers who experience or witness bullying on the job.

How and where did Greek yogurt originate? What makes it different from traditional commercial yogurt formulations? Can its popularity continue to grow? And, of course, what are the implications for school meal programs? “Eureka! It’s Greek Yogurt” examines all of these questions about this protein-rich alternative that accounts for nearly half of today’s yogurt sales (compared to less than 5% five years ago). Bonus Web Content: Curious about the claims that the Greek yogurt manufacturing process is bad for the environment? And how Greek yogurt can be used to replace certain higher-fat ingredients? Find out more in online-only articles.

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School Nutrition—December 2013
Mobile Device or Tablet Version (for iOS devices only; Android version forthcoming)— Click Here’s Fed Up Campaign Paints an Inaccurate Portrayal of School Meals

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This week, is expected to release a “report of the true state of school lunch” based on their Fed Up campaign.  The campaign,, asked young people to post photos of their meals, complete a short survey on their impressions of school lunch, and vote either “eat it” or “toss it” on posted photos. 

The School Nutrition Association (SNA) encourages students to get involved in their school meal programs and SNA members welcome student feedback as they plan menus that meet new federal nutrition standards and student tastes. 

However, the Fed Up campaign promoted negative attitudes to school meals, and with marketing messages like “Got a gross burrito? ‘Poo-rito’ explains everything we need to know,” DoSomething collected exaggerated photos and captions that do not represent the true state of school meals.  Many of the photos posted do not picture school lunches under the National School Lunch Program, and instead depict a la carte items (which will meet new nutrition standards starting fall 2014), lunches from home, fast food meals, or lunches purchased on college campuses.

When the campaign launched in September, SNA CEO Patti Montague sent this letter to on behalf of members regarding campaign inaccuracies.  SNA has also encouraged members to post photos of their school meals to the site.

SNA members have a new opportunity to show the true state of school meals. USA Today, which recently reported on findings of the campaign, is also requesting school lunch photos, submitted by Friday, December 6.   See USA Today's request for details on how to submit your picture.

Don’t Miss Upcoming SNA Webinars on Breakfast Financials and Professional Standards

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December 3, 2013 – Next week, SNA will offer two informative, engaging webinars that you don’t want to miss. Register now for “The Financial Sense of Breakfast” and “Required Professional Standards for School Nutrition Staff Are Coming Soon.”

Wednesday, December 11: The Financial Sense of Breakfast
Time: 2:00-3:15 pm EST

The School Nutrition Foundation, in partnership with the National Dairy Council, will host a free webinar about the financial considerations to take when starting or expanding a breakfast program. Are you looking at the whole financial picture when it comes to your breakfast program? Increasing participation and your bottom line are doable, but in order to make it work, you must have a firm knowledge of your costs.

Join us as we breakdown different breakfast models for programs of different sizes and help you discover simple ways to better understand how breakfast can make a positive impact on your bottom line. Time will be devoted to Q&A, so please come with your questions.

Participation in this webinar is worth 1 SNA CEU. Can’t make it to the live event? The webinar will be archived following the live presentation.

Duration: 75 minutes (approximately)

Thursday, December 12: Required Professional Standards for School Nutrition Staff Are Coming Soon
Time: 2:00-3:00 pm EST

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 outlines the requirements for establishing professional standards for school foodservice directors, managers, all other school nutrition staff and state agency nutrition directors. The new standards will be discussed, along with tips on how school districts can implement them.

Speakers: Jan Barrett, Senior Nutritionist, U.S. Department of Agriculture; Danny Seymour, SNA Dean of Education; Miles Truax, SNA Certification & Credentialing Manager

Space is limited! After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Duration: 60 minutes (approximately)

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