SNA’s LSWP Implementation Webinar Provides Valuable Learning Opportunity
April 4, 2007 -- On March 29, 2007, dozens of school nutrition professionals participated in a webinar focused on LSWP implementation. Entitled “Your Local School Wellness Policy: Addressing the Challenges, Making it Work,” this online training was developed to identify the common barriers to implementation, provide practical information for overcoming these hurdles and answer the questions and concerns of the participants.
The hour-long webinar featured commentary from three district director-level members: Cynthia Sevier, SNS, director of Stokes County Schools, Greensboro, N.C.; Cheryl Sturgeon, SNS, director of school and community nutrition services, Jefferson County (Ky.) School District; and Lance Gerry, SNS, general manager of Portage (Mich.) Public Schools. All three shared some of the challenges they have encountered with LSWP implementation, as well as specific strategies they applied to reach their goals. "Although we lost $340,000 in a la carte revenue, the good news is that we had 3,500 additional meals per day," reported Sevier, of the financial challenges associated with local wellness policies.
The level of participation in the online training and the volume of questions highlighted the importance of improving the health of students and confirmed the need to educate school nutrition professionals about how to bring their LSWP’s to life. If you were unable to attend the webinar, see related links to view a recorded version.