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Wednesday

1:30 pm–2:30 pm

OPERATIONS
Cleaning Up Their Act: Improving Food Handling Behaviors
Are you responsible for food safety training in your school or district? Have you noted a tendency among employees to revert back to old, familiar habits and shortcuts—even after learning safe handling and cleaning procedures? You can bridge the disconnect between knowledge and changed behavior. This fun-filled session will use skits to demonstrate key actions and strategies for motivating your employees to follow through with new behaviors.

Don’t Do It Alone: A Regional Approach to the HealthierUS School Challenge
Let’s Go!, a childhood obesity prevention program, has developed a model for regional school nutrition programs to work toward the HealthierUS School Challenge together. This session will share how 75 schools applied for HUSSC by partnering with Let’s Go! to share recipes, expertise, training and resources. Learn how you can implement this successful model in your area or state.

Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools
Salad bars are a great way to increase the variety of fresh fruit and vegetables on your menu, while also helping you meet the new meal pattern. This session, presented by the United Fresh Produce Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will provide best-practice instructions for safe handling, preparation and serving techniques, as well as discuss the colorful variety of produce options.

NUTRITION
On the Front Lines of School Nutrition
Targeted specifically for employees and managers, this session is focused on providing front-line staff with a basic understanding of the new meal pattern regulations and the critical role each of you play in influencing students to embrace healthier meal options. Attendees will review key areas, including sodium, correct calorie calculations and the requirements for fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

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: Sunday (12:00-1:00 pm); Monday (2:15-3:15 pm); Tuesday (10:00-11:00 am; 2:15-3:15 pm); and Wednesday (2:45-3:45 pm). Check back for the most up-to-date information regarding this session.

ADMINISTRATION
2020 Vision: Five Leadership Skills for the Next Decade
2020 will be here before you know it. Are you prepared to stay ahead of the curve to maximize your career potential? Come learn the skills you will need to deal with the increasingly complex challenges the school nutrition world is going to throw at you, as well as some practical advice to help you develop your “leadership muscles” to handle the heavy lifting ahead.

Farm to School at USDA
Helping schools source locally produced food is a key component of USDA’s Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative. This session will explore the resources, technical assistance and grant opportunities that exist to help your school connect with local and regional producers of all kinds. Also, learn how the geographic preference rule allows schools to indicate a preference for locally grown unprocessed items.

What’s for Supper?
Come learn more about the At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program, which now offers federal funding to programs in all states that serve a “supper” to children in low-income areas. A USDA representative and a director currently serving over 500 supper meals each day will lead this discussion.

Prime Procurement Practices
Do you understand how to apply geographic preferences when making procurement decisions? This is an increasingly relevant topic, as school nutrition operations seek ways to control costs and respond to a demand for locally sourced foods. This session offers advice on how to correctly apply geographic preferences and also will highlight key concepts for following procurement regulations and policies within a contract with a foodservice management company.

COMMUNICATIONS & MARKETING
Building Lasting Relationships within Your Community
Involving your community with your school nutrition program is a great way to boost awareness that school meals are now, more than ever, full of fun, nutritious options for children. Highlights of the discussion will touch on building innovative community programs, bringing special guests to school cafeterias and publicizing all of the positive work that you are doing.

2:45 pm–3:45 pm

NUTRITION
Be Part of the Solution: How Schools End Childhood Hunger
Come hear how you can take part in the battle to eliminate childhood hunger by learning more about Hunger Free Colorado, an organization that’s leveraging the power of collaboration between school districts and anti-hunger agencies in Colorado to expand school breakfast, summer lunch and after-school nutrition programs throughout the state. Learn how you can partner with your own local agencies to impact policy change.

USDA Foods = Lower Plate Costs!
Learn how to maximize the 20% of your food purchasing budget that is entitlement dollars to get the best value. This presentation will include side-by-side comparison of USDA Foods and commercially purchased products to highlight examples of both cost savings and nutritional improvements.

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: Sunday (12:00-1:00 pm); Monday (2:15-3:15 pm); Tuesday (10:00-11:00 am; 2:15-3:15 pm); and Wednesday (1:30-2:30 pm). Check back for the most up-to-date information regarding this session.

ADMINISTRATION
Earning Those Three Important Letters: SNS
Come gain an understanding of the core values and benefits behind the School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) Credentialing Program and learn how you, too, can be part of the elite group of individuals that have earned this prestigious designation. The session will focus on what it takes to earn the credential, including an overview of the nine content/knowledge areas and a step-by-step guide to prepare for the exam.

Making Summer Meal Service Easier Than Ever
Come learn more about the demonstration projects to enhance the Summer Food Service Program and test a new Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer for Children. Discussion will cover the early evaluation results of the project, including the initial impacts on hunger among children during the summer months.

Maximize the Difference You Make in the Lives of Children
Almost as important as the “Hand that Rocks the Cradle” is the “Hand that Holds the Ladle.” School nutrition professionals are more influential in the lives of kids today than they ever imagined. In this fun session, attendees will be inspired to work toward new levels of professionalism and excellence in order to influence a generation and rule the world!

No Time to Train? Problem Solved!
How many times has a new regulation passed that must be quickly implemented? Or how often has a new employee joined your team and needed immediate training? When these issues arise, time is of the essence! This session will open your eyes to how you can train on a busy schedule by using the National Food Service Management Institute’s free online training opportunities.

Professional Standards for School Nutrition -- Hot Topic 
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act directs USDA to establish professional standards and criteria for state agency directors, along with education, training and certification requirements for district directors and local school nutrition personnel. This session will review the requirements in the law and provide an update on the work USDA is doing to establish these standards and criteria.

COMMUNICATIONS & MARKETING
Take Your Marketing Efforts to a New Level
Social media, websites, cafeteria signage, newsletters, printed menus—there’s a long list of opportunities to market your school nutrition program. This presentation will present a roadmap for assessing your marketing readiness and provide successful strategies, tools and techniques for developing an effective marketing plan.

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