Sunday | Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday


12:00 pm–1:00 pm

Does Your Menu Have a Pulse?
Pulses (aka legumes), such as lentils, dried peas and beans, are nutrition powerhouses that are a must for any school menu. Come glean culinary tips and recipes from a team of Chef/RDs, and discover how budget-friendly pulses can help you meet requirements for the HealthierUS School Challenge and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010.

USDA Foods 101
Come get an overview of the how the USDA Foods program works, including processing, and pick up ideas to help you manage inventory better and use entitlement dollars. At the conclusion, attendees will be able to determine if they have the resources to manage a processing program or to accept foods directly from USDA.

Chocolate Milk in Schools: Friend or Foe?
The impulse to ban chocolate milk comes from the laudable desire to help combat childhood obesity. But is this the right decision? What are the possible unintended, adverse consequences? This session will separate fact from fiction on this issue.

More Whole Grains, Please!
There are more ways than ever to integrate whole grains into school meals and make them appealing to your student customers. This presentation will review both longtime favorites and newly popular varieties, as well as detailing easy and economical applications for incorporating them when planning your menus.

We Can Do This: Advice and Resources for Meeting the New Meal Pattern -- Hot Topic
Join in on this hot topic session to receive sample menus, resources and other valuable tools needed to interpret and implement the new meal pattern regulations. This session will be presented by the SNA Ad Hoc Meal Pattern Working Group consisting of foodservice operators, state agency officials, industry and USDA representatives. This session will also be held on: Monday (2:15-3:15 pm); Tuesday (10:00-11:00 am; 2:15-3:15 pm); and Wednesday (1:30-2:30 pm; 2:45-3:45 pm). Check back for the most up-to-date information regarding this session.

First Connections for First Timers
Are you an ANC first timer and feeling a little overwhelmed? Would you like to meet and make connections with others in attendance? Well, nothing says “Welcome to ANC” like this session lead by veteran attendees who are eager to walk you through the A-Z’s of making the most of your conference experience. Get a rundown of the highlights and events and participate in sharing questions.

Superheroes Exploring New Horizons
Forget being faster than a speeding bullet or leaping tall buildings in a single bound—you’re one of the real-life superheroes of the school nutrition profession! Isn’t it about time you harness your “super powers” to create a positive future for your school meals program and the students you serves? In this session, professional speaker Maureen Mulvaney will share ideas and strategies from creative organizations that you can use to improve customer service, increase participation and boost revenue. Also, learn how your participation at the local and national association levels can be your springboard to new professional horizons.

What Have I Gotten Myself Into?
Suggested for new directors with less than three years on the job, this session will arm you with the knowledge, tips and techniques essential to running a successful school meals program. Through a unique problem-solving exercise, participants will share and discuss some of the opportunity-building aspects of their work and determine how best to tackle issues.

Who Are These People?
Is your workplace diverse in age, gender and ethnicity? Do misunderstandings often arise? If so, this session will provide insight into the challenges of maintaining harmonious teams in the workplace. You will explore the effects culture, generation, gender, birth order and expectations can have on the work environment, and learn how your team can make its diversity the secret to its success.

Public Speaking: Communicate Comfortably with Passion, not Fear!
Are you afraid of public speaking? Focus on your passion and forget the fear! Learn how to format and deliver your message by using such tools as PowerPoint to help you avoid simply reading your presentation to an audience. With school nutrition in the forefront of local and national news, we all need to be messengers of the positive, productive programs we operate.

1:15 pm–2:15 pm

Making the Most of USDA Foods for Healthier Meals
School nutrition programs already doing more with less will be further challenged to meet new meal patterns and nutrition standards in support of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. Come hear how districts involved in School Food FOCUS made the most of USDA Foods to create healthy, cost-effective menus, and learn procurement and recipe innovations from experienced school nutrition leaders.

Okay, So I Hired a Chef... Now What?
Chef’s Move to Schools is designed to foster engagement between school nutrition and culinary professionals. Whether you consider such collaborations a match made in heaven or something slightly south of there, come hear what a group of directors and the chefs they’ve hired have to say as they discuss their successes, challenges and overall experiences in this “marriage.”

The SN Procurement Toolkit Primer
Want to create efficiencies in your procurement process? Then be sure to stop by this session to learn about SNA's new web-based Procurement Toolkit, featuring powerful solutions to help you streamline your current policies and procedures. Participants will learn how to use this free, customizable and secure resource for budget planning, menu planning, bid planning and more.

Writing Excellent Food Bid Specifications
This session will provide school nutrition professionals with resources to help them find and/or write excellent specifications and create competitive and succinct bid instruments.

Having it Both Ways: Dual Recognition with HSP & HUSSC
With multiple wellness programs and initiatives being promoted to schools, it can be difficult to decide how best to devote your time and energy to meet various criteria. Fortunately, the USDA’s HealthierUS School Challenge and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program complement each other, offering your school the chance to achieve not one, but two gold medals! Learn how you can double your recognition, without doubling your work.

Menuing to Meet the New Meal Patterns
This interactive session will engage participants in a discussion of the adjustments being made to school menus, with specific focus being put on new menu items, food-based planning and nutrient analysis. Attendees will be encouraged to share how they have reduced sodium, introduced whole grains and increased the variety of fruits, vegetables and lowfat/non-fat dairy items.

Earning and Keeping Your 6 Cents -- Hot Topic
This session will review the rulemaking regarding meeting the criteria and maintaining ongoing compliance with the new meal patterns and the 6-cent reimbursement rate increase.

“It’s-Not-Your-Broccoli” Leadership
Don’t think there’s a leader inside of you? Think again! We all encounter leadership opportunities at various levels, and this witty presentation will help you focus on what it takes to get things done and get along with others. You will learn the eight essential MUSTs of leadership, as well as strategies you can use to cultivate your own leadership style.

Great Expectations Create Great Achievements -- Best Practice
What does it take to move a school nutrition program from being simply good to being downright outstanding? Come find out in this best-practice session, where you’ll learn numerous small steps that you can implement immediately in your day-to-day operations that will take your program to the next level. Don’t rest on your current laurels. Let this session inspire you to become a district that others consider truly excellent!

Marketing Is Not Rocket Science!
If hard economic times are affecting your bottom line and you’re fighting to control your percentage of the consumer dollar, turn to common-sense marketing as a solution. Learn to utilize the strategies of competitors in the marketplace; stay the course of school nutrition values and principles; and develop your own marketing plan through the ideas presented in this session.

Note: All education sessions are subject to change. Refer to the onsite ANC Program Guide for specific session times and other details.