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School Nutrition Puts the Spotlight on Kids Today

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June 13, 2013 – Though SNA’s mission—to educate and empower its members to provide healthy meals to students and foster an environment encouraging wellness—hasn’t changed over the years, many factors that affect that undertaking have changed and continue to evolve with time. The June/July issue of School Nutrition, SNA’s award-winning flagship publication, explores some of these factors and offers a look at how school nutrition professionals can share wellness messages with today’s kids. The issue also provides a preview of this summer’s Annual National Conference (ANC) in Kansas City and showcases the flavor-filled delights known as green fruits.

Eating disorders, food allergies and overweight top the list of increasingly common health-related concerns for America’s youth. “A Lot on Their Plates” explores what you and your school nutrition colleagues should know about these and other top health issues facing kids today. Bonus Web Content: Learn how to find credible online health-related sources and check out a comprehensive list of some useful resources.

“Kids Today, Having Their Say” introduces you to three student leaders in the fight against childhood obesity who are working to make their peers—and the adults in their communities—sit up, take notice and make changes.

It’s time to explore emerging social media platforms and cloud-based applications in order to revolutionize and rejuvenate your marketing efforts. “Are You ‘Social’ Savvy?” leads the way through an overview of social media marketing and a look at strategies from some major companies that have successfully reached out to your students and their parents. Bonus Web Content: Traditional social media options aren’t the only 21st-century technologies that school nutrition operations are turning to in their attempts to reach students and other stakeholders, however. Additional online-only content examines some other cutting-edge approaches.

For decades, numerous K-12-based health initiatives have been launched by public and private entities in an effort to create lasting societal change in our dietary, activity and overall wellness decisions. Are they actually starting to make a difference? “Are We Moving the Meter?” investigates.

Are you coming to Kansas City this summer for ANC 2013? The school nutrition event of the year will feature all of the inspiration, learning and product solutions that your heart desires! Don’t miss “ANC 2013: The Heart of School Nutrition” for a preview of the action!

If you’re headed to ANC, take a few moments to review “ANC Exhibitors” to identify the companies that will be in attendance.

Eaten on their own, as ingredients in a recipe or as the perfect toppings, green fruits dazzle. “Green Giants” takes a closer look at these lean, green nutrient machines. Bonus Web Content: Looking for more recipes incorporating green fruits? You’re in luck!

New: If you are viewing this issue on an iOS mobile device or tablet, please visit http://mydigimag.rrd.com/publication/i.php?i=163083&ver=html5. An Android version is forthcoming.

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School Nutrition—June/July 2013

Mobile Device or Tablet Version—June/July 2013 (for iOS devices only; Android version forthcoming)

A Second Year of STEPS: Challenges, Competitions, and More

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June 12, 2013 – Are you a fan of the STEPS Challenge, SNA’s personal wellness program? If so, you’re in luck. The program will continue through 2014 and the new monthly challenges begin again in August!

Whether you want to make better nutrition choices, get inspired with fitness ideas, or just need a simple healthy dinner recipe to make tonight, the STEPS Challenge provides plenty of tools to help you meet your goals.

Year two of the program features some new updates:

  • Brand new monthly challenges: challenges will take place from August 2013 to May 2014. New challenges and tracking sheets are available on the STEPS website.
  • Upload your monthly points directly to the website, instead of emailing or faxing a tracking sheet. Just visit www.schoolnutrition.org/steps and click ‘Submit Your Challenge Points’. For members that want to continue faxing in their tracking sheet that option will still be available.
  • STEPS Challenge All-Star States: states with the most members participating in monthly challenges will be rewarded! At the end of year two, the states with the highest overall participation will be entered in a special Grand Prize drawing. These states will also be honored at SNA's 2014 Annual National Conference (ANC) in Boston.

To learn more or register, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/steps. There, you can download your tracking sheets and browse fitness tips and recipe ideas. There’s still plenty of time to sign up before the first monthly challenge – remember, only registered participants are eligible to win prizes!


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