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Ogden City, Utah School Winners of First Annual “Eat Smart, Get Moving” Contest

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Ogden City, Utah School Winners of First Annual “Eat Smart, Get Moving” Contest


CHICAGO (July 17, 2007) – The school nutrition staff of Mt. View Elementary School in Ogden City, Utah are the winners of the first annual “Eat Smart, Get Moving” Contest sponsored by the School Nutrition Association and the National Dairy Council.  The contest encouraged members of the School Nutrition Association (SNA) to serve as role models to students by making changes to improve their health by incorporating physical activity and good nutrition into their daily routine.  Second place winners were a team of school nutrition professionals in the Lake City Area School District in Lake City, Michigan. The school nutrition staff of the Highpoint School of the Dexter Community School District, Dexter, Michigan, received third place.

First place winners received a $200 spa gift certificate for each team member and 5 free registrations for the Association’s 2007 Annual National Conference in Chicago.  All winning schools received a milk merchandiser valued at $1,200.  Additionally, the first place-winning district received a one-time Wellness Grant valued at $5,000.

Over 90 teams participated the program, which took participants on a virtual “walk” from Los Angeles to Chicago and focused on the energy balance between food and physical activity to help one reach and maintain personal wellness. Participants were encouraged to work together towards meeting key recommendations such as eating more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy.  While only three teams were recognized, all who participated in “Eat Smart, Get Moving” are winners, demonstrating individual and team commitment to health and wellness based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

SNA is committed to supporting staff and employee wellness. Many of the local wellness policies implemented this past school year incorporate staff wellness as a key component in promoting healthy eating habits among children. “Eat Smart, Get Moving” will return next year, taking SNA members on a journey from Chicago through the Midwest and Southeast to reach Philadelphia, the site of SNA’s 2008 Annual National Conference. For more information visit www.eatsmart-getmoving.org. Funding for this program will again be made possible through a partnership with the National Dairy Council.

School Nutrition Association
SNA is a national, non-profit professional organization representing more than 55,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country.  Founded in 1946, SNA is the only association devoted exclusively to protecting and enhancing children’s health and well being through school meals and sound nutrition education.

National Dairy Council
The National Dairy Council® was founded in 1915 and conducts nutrition education and nutrition research programs through national, state, and regional Dairy Council organizations, on behalf of America’s diary farmers. For more information, visit www.nationaldairycouncil.org.

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Mary Hill, SNS Named President of School Nutrition Association

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Mary Hill, SNS Named President of School Nutrition Association

CHICAGO (July 18, 2007) – On the final day of the School Nutrition Association’s 61st Annual National Conference, in Chicago, Ill. over 6,000 members and participants welcomed a new president of the Association. 

Mary Hill, SNS, Executive Director of Child Nutrition Services for Jackson Public Schools in Jackson, Miss. became the 60th president of the Association. Hill, a native of Jackson, Miss., has a degree in Home Economics from the University of Southern Mississippi and is credentialed as a School Nutrition Specialist (SNS.) Prior to beginning a career in school nutrition in 1983 she taught commercial food courses to vocational/technical students. 

Hill is currently the Executive Director of the Child Nutrition Programs in Jackson, Miss., after starting as a Director for the district 24 years ago.  The districts’ 59 schools serve over 31,600 students and feed 28,500 nutritious school lunches and 12,000 school breakfasts to students each school day, as well during the summer.

As President of SNA, Hill plans to focus on membership growth; provide more member services from the Association; and continue building positive relationships with other associations to improve children’s health. Hill is also passionate about legislative issues.

Hill is active in many professional and volunteer organizations and has served in numerous leadership roles at the local, state and national levels leading up to her new position as President. Hill served on her first national association committee in 1988 and as the 1989-90 president of the Mississippi School Food Service Association. Hill succeeds Janey Thornton, PhD SNS and will serve one year as the elected president of the School Nutrition Association.

Hill was named president at the final session of the SNA conference in Chicago. The SNA Annual National Conference, July 15 – 18, 2006, featured over 6,000 school nutrition professionals and school foodservice industry members participating in over 100 workshops, the school nutrition industry’s largest exhibit hall and guest speakers including former White House Chef Walter Sheib. 

SNA (http://www.schoolnutrition.org) is a national, non-profit professional organization representing more than 55,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country.  The association and its members are dedicated to feeding children safe and nutritious meals. Founded in 1946, SNA is the only association devoted exclusively to protecting and enhancing children’s health and well being through school meals and sound nutrition education.


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Nutritious Foods and Beverages Exhibited at ANC 2007

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Nutritious Foods and Beverages Exhibited at ANC 2007


CHICAGO (July 17, 2007) – From freeze-dried soybean snacks and hummus dip to soy nut butter and low sodium, transfat free soup, over 365 companies displayed a wide variety of healthy food and beverage products as the largest exhibit floor in the school foodservice industry opened today at the School Nutrition Association’s 61st Annual National Conference in Chicago, Ill. With over 6,000 people in attendance at the Conference, school nutrition professionals from almost every state will sample and review the nutritious food and beverage offerings. Attendees are looking for food items as well as foodservice equipment and technology to aid in the delivery of affordable, high-quality school meals in their home school districts.

Among the healthy products exhibited, and expected to appear in lunchrooms this fall:

  • Fresh, ready-to-eat, prepackaged cut fruits and vegetables, including sliced carrots and apple-grape and apple-orange mixes.
  • Pizzas with whole grain crusts and low-fat cheese and toppings, including those with specially patented whole-wheat crust.
  • Low fat, low sodium snack food items including freeze-dried soybeans and fruits, as well as nut and corn snack mixes.
  • Whole grain and multigrain products including cereals, breads, buns and breaded chicken products designed to be baked.
  • Vending machines designed to dispense balanced, nutritious school lunches that comply with federal nutrition requirements.
  • Convenient, nutritious breakfast foods including a turnkey breakfast kit, whole grain cereals and cereal bars, as well as organic cereals.
  • A variety of flavors of 100% juices, 100% fruit juice smoothies, 100% juice with carbonation and no-calorie, flavored and vitamin-fortified waters.
  • Whole grain and soy protein tortillas and pastas.
  • A number of flavored and regular milks in 1% and fat free varieties for school vending machines and the cafeteria.
  • Blended, nonfat yogurt in age-appropriate 4 ounce serving sizes.
  • Alternatives to peanut butter for school districts with peanut free policies including soy nut butter and sunflower seed butter. 
  • Individually packaged almonds, raisins and other nuts and dried fruits.
  • Soymilk made with organic soybeans – both flavored and unsweetened.

Attendees had a chance to visit “Produce Row,” an aisle of the 300,000 square foot exhibit floor dedicated to fruits and vegetables. Nearby was “Dairy Way” an aisle solely for dairy-based products. Nutrition education resources, point-of-sale software systems and programs, and kitchen and cafeteria equipment were also on display.
 
The SNA Annual National Conference, July 15-18, 2007 features over 6,000 child nutrition and school foodservice industry professionals participating in over 100 workshops, the school nutrition industry’s largest exhibit hall and guest speakers like former White House chef Walter Scheib.

SNA (http://www.schoolnutrition.org) is a national, non-profit professional organization representing more than 55,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country.  The association and its members are dedicated to feeding children safe and nutritious meals.

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SNA Recognizes Three Professionals for Accomplishments in School Nutrition at ANC 2007

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SNA Recognizes Three Professionals for Accomplishments in School Nutrition


CHICAGO (July 16, 2007) – The School Nutrition Association recognized three of its own today at the 61st Annual National Conference, in Chicago, Ill.  In addition to state award winners, three SNA members received national recognition on Sunday, July 15, 2007 for their superior accomplishments in the school nutrition arena.

National Louise Sublette Award of Excellence was awarded to Penny Verhoff, cafeteria manager at Jefferson City High School in Jefferson City, Missouri.  Verhoff was recognized for increasing breakfast participation from an average of 152 students in February 2006 to over 200 students in January 2007.  She conducted a survey of students to determine what students needed or wanted in the breakfast program and then implemented their changes on the school breakfast menus.  Verhoff then promoted the importance of eating a healthy breakfast by passing out pamphlets and flyers to students with nutrition information, giving away fresh fruit at the school health fair, and providing students with a tour of the cafeteria kitchen.  Verhoff also held a contest to increase awareness of the program, awarding one classroom a month with “breakfast in the classroom.” 

National Outstanding Director of the Year is Geri Dee, School Foodservice Director for Hacienda LaPuente Unified School District in City of Industry, California.  An SNA member for over 30 years, Dee has continually put the needs of her students in the forefront.  She established School Breakfast Programs in all district schools after hearing reports of students not eating breakfast.  Dee worked with the district administrator to bring the Child Care Program in the Food Services department to ensure that children were receiving nutritious meals.  Using student input for food choices, Dee increased meal participation to 90% and added healthier, more nutritious items to school menus. In 14 years, Dee has seen the foodservices department fund balance grow significantly, despite constant enrollment and free/reduced percentages. An energetic leader, Dee created a commodity-processing co-op with neighboring school districts to help reduce food costs and better utilize commodities. 

National Heart of the Program went to Terry White, a foodservice employee at Midway Elementary School in Joint School District #251 in Rigby, Idaho. Employed for over 23 years, Terry is known through out her school for her creativity and her caring attitude.  Terry knows the name of every student in her school and works very closely with teachers, principal, and staff.  A member of the district Wellness Committee, Terry played an integral role in helping draft her school district’s local school wellness policy.  White worked in conjunction with other school foodservice employees at her school to encourage students to drink more milk and eat healthier foods.  She and her colleagues gave presentations to each classroom on how healthy foods help make healthy bodies and she decorated the cafeteria with life sized wooden cows.  White is very active in her community, receiving the “Distinguished Service Award” from her school district.

The SNA Annual National Conference, July 15-18, 2007, features over 6,000 child nutrition and school foodservice industry professionals participating in over 100 workshops, the school nutrition industry’s largest exhibit hall and guest speakers including former White House chef Walter Scheib.

SNA (http://www.schoolnutrition.org) is a national, non-profit professional organization representing more than 55,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country.  The association and its members are dedicated to feeding children safe and nutritious meals.  Founded in 1946, SNA is the only association devoted exclusively to protecting and enhancing children’s health and well being through school meals and sound nutrition education.

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Delegates from Twelve Countries Meet to Discuss Global School Feeding Efforts

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Delegates from Twelve Countries Meet to Discuss Global School Feeding Efforts

CHICAGO (July 12, 2007) – Twenty-four international delegates representing 12 nations will convene in Chicago, Illinois from July 12 to 16, 2007, for the 9th Global Child Nutrition Forum: School Feeding Development Conference. For the first time since its inception in 1997, the Global Child Nutrition Foundation (GCNF) is collaborating with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on this project.  As the first major initiative of the new foundation, expectations are high that this meeting will help fulfill GCNF’s vision to help establish a world in which hunger is not a barrier to children learning. 

The purpose of the Forum is to assist leaders in developing countries start or expand school feeding programs.  The Forum is the new foundation’s flagship program.  During the past nine years, 155 international delegates from 53 countries have participated in the Forum and returned to their countries with information, skills and plans to advance school feeding.

Back in December of 2006, governments in several countries requested assistance from the WFP for implementing their policies to expand school feeding at a national level.  GCNF was chosen to be a resource to WFP for assisting Honduras, Ethiopia, Pakistan, Kenya and Mali with policy implementation, program development and capacity building.  Three delegates selected by WFP from each of the five target countries will participate in this five-day School Feeding Development Conference.  Global faculty members from Chile, Italy, Jamaica, Canada, Brazil, Ghana and South Africa will also attend. 

Country representatives will observe school feeding programs in Chicago Public Schools, share information, identify school feeding needs and barriers and identify resources for problem resolution.  Sessions will focus on sharing information from the representative countries, seeking remedies to common problems, and providing current information on global challenges, such as food safety, program sustainability, foodservice management, program operations, nutrition and nutrition education.  Additionally, delegates will develop strategies and tactics for implementing policy and building capacity for expanding school feeding in their countries.

The Global Child Nutrition Foundation, established in 2007, is a non-profit corporation whose mission is to expand opportunities for the world’s children to receive adequate nutrition for learning and achieving their potential.

SNA is a national, non-profit professional organization representing more than 55,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country.  Founded in 1946, SNA is the only association devoted exclusively to protecting and enhancing children’s health and well being through school meals and sound nutrition education.


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More than 6,000 Gather for National School Nutrition Conference in Chicago

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More than 6,000 Gather for National School Nutrition Conference in Chicago
Whole Grains, Fresh Fruits and Healthy Snacks to Headline School Nutrition Association’s Conference July 15-18
 

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (July 9, 2007) – Discussing trends and issues facing child nutrition programs, more than 6,000 school nutrition professionals from all 50 states are expected to gather next week from July 15-18, 2007, in the McCormick Place Center in Chicago.  The agenda of the School Nutrition Association’s 61st Annual National Conference (ANC) delves into topics including nutrition standards for foods in schools, food safety inspections, healthy meal options and the status of local wellness policy implementation one year after federal law mandated every school district approve a policy. 

The world's largest gathering of school nutrition professionals, the conference includes more than 100 accredited educational breakout sessions and the largest exhibit hall in the school foodservice industry featuring 400 exhibitors. As they help shape what schoolchildren across the country will eat for lunch next year, attendees will taste-test new offerings of nutritious meals, snacks and beverages.

Education sessions will cover timely topics including healthy cooking techniques, food safety efforts and nutrition standards for vended and a la carte foods and beverages. The conference will also kick-off this year’s nationwide “Vote for School Lunch” campaign encouraging students to get involved and spread the word about the positive changes in school lunch over the years.

Additional conference highlights include:
Exhibit Hall: Variety of innovative and appealing new items to meet schools’ demands for nutritious food.  Fresh fruits and vegetables, low-fat flavored milks, 100% juices, reduced fat and organic snacks are among new products.  

Local School Wellness Policy Sessions: Education track on implementation and evaluation strategies for the policies that every school district was required by federal law to have in place by the start of the 2006 school year.

Vote for School Lunch Campaign: Introduction of entrée candidates Jesse Wrap, Yumi Rice Bowl, Patty Mac and Cheese, Biff Burger and Pippa Potato and strategies for school special events and student voting contests/activities.

USDA Commodity Program Sessions: Series of education sessions exploring changes to the commodity program that have made more nutritious food products available to school lunch programs.

Global Child Nutrition Forum: School feeding experts from xx countries discussing global child nutrition program development, execution and growth, Forum runs July 12-16, 2007 at the Hilton Towers Hotel.

Accredited education sessions are available on commodities, leadership, managing resources, marketing, food safety and security and wellness and nutrition. About 400 exhibitors will display innovative new foods, beverages, equipment and technology that all contribute to healthy school meal programs. Members of the press are welcome to attend. Contact Erik Peterson for information on scheduling interviews with SNA leaders and for free press registration: 703-739-3900 ext. 124.
 

SNA, (http://www.schoolnutrition.org) the School Nutrition Association, is a national, non-profit professional organization representing more than 55,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country.  The Association and its members are dedicated to feeding children safe and nutritious meals.

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