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Fall Into a Fitness Routine this October with the STEPS Challenge!

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September 28, 2012 – Calling all STEPS Challenge participants! The next monthly challenge begins on October 1st. October’s challenge, Buddy Up for Fitness, rewards you for getting active with friends, family and coworkers. Pairing up with a fitness buddy provides motivation for you to stick to your exercise plan, and also makes physical activity more fun!

To get started, download and print your tracking sheet, grab an exercise buddy and get moving! October’s prize is Jillian Michaels’ Fitness for Beginners DVD—five participants will each win a copy. To learn more about the October challenge and prize drawing, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/steps.

Remember, there are tips for making time for exercise and sticking to a fitness plan available at www.schoolnutrition.org/steps.

Did you focus on fruit in September? Remember to submit your completed tracking sheet to SNA before October 5th to be entered in the prize drawing. You can fax it to (301) 686-3115 or email it to steps@schoolnutrition.org. Five lucky winners will each receive a 1-year subscription to Health magazine! For details and official rules, click here.

Please note: Not all exercise programs are suitable for everyone and may result in injury. To reduce the risk of injury, consult your doctor before beginning any exercise program.

SNA President Sandra Ford Attends Nutrition + Physical Activity Connection Summit

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September 27, 2012 – Last week, SNA President Sandra Ford, SNS, attended the 2012 Nutrition + Physical Activity Connection Summit at the Renaissance Capital View Hotel in Arlington, Va.

Presented by GENYOUth—in partnership with the National Dairy Council, the National Football League, the American College of Sports Medicine and the American School Health Association—the summit brought together such thought leaders as health professionals, educators, athletes, students, chefs and corporations. The goal of the summit was to explore the connection that physical activity and nutrition have to learning and behavior, as well as to examine the barriers and opportunities to help schools set and achieve wellness policies and practices.

Ford was joined by Chef Carla Hall, cohost of ABC’s “The Chew,” as well as by eight of the Fuel Up to Play 60 Student Ambassadors, to participate in a summit segment called “Crafting Healthy School Breakfasts.” During this segment, both Ford and Hall helped to reinforce the importance of breakfast, with Hall affirming that the solution to healthier kids begins with breakfast. Ford also discussed how in Manatee County (Fla.) School District, student involvement by way of taste-testing panels is the key to successfully introducing new menu items.

To learn more about the summit, view the video below or visit the GENYOUth Foundation website at www.genyouthfoundation.org.


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