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Fall Into a Fitness Routine this October with the STEPS Challenge!

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September 28, 2012 – Calling all STEPS Challenge participants! The next monthly challenge begins on October 1st. October’s challenge, Buddy Up for Fitness, rewards you for getting active with friends, family and coworkers. Pairing up with a fitness buddy provides motivation for you to stick to your exercise plan, and also makes physical activity more fun!

To get started, download and print your tracking sheet, grab an exercise buddy and get moving! October’s prize is Jillian Michaels’ Fitness for Beginners DVD—five participants will each win a copy. To learn more about the October challenge and prize drawing, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/steps.

Remember, there are tips for making time for exercise and sticking to a fitness plan available at www.schoolnutrition.org/steps.

Did you focus on fruit in September? Remember to submit your completed tracking sheet to SNA before October 5th to be entered in the prize drawing. You can fax it to (301) 686-3115 or email it to steps@schoolnutrition.org. Five lucky winners will each receive a 1-year subscription to Health magazine! For details and official rules, click here.

Please note: Not all exercise programs are suitable for everyone and may result in injury. To reduce the risk of injury, consult your doctor before beginning any exercise program.

SNA President Sandra Ford Attends Nutrition + Physical Activity Connection Summit

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September 27, 2012 – Last week, SNA President Sandra Ford, SNS, attended the 2012 Nutrition + Physical Activity Connection Summit at the Renaissance Capital View Hotel in Arlington, Va.

Presented by GENYOUth—in partnership with the National Dairy Council, the National Football League, the American College of Sports Medicine and the American School Health Association—the summit brought together such thought leaders as health professionals, educators, athletes, students, chefs and corporations. The goal of the summit was to explore the connection that physical activity and nutrition have to learning and behavior, as well as to examine the barriers and opportunities to help schools set and achieve wellness policies and practices.

Ford was joined by Chef Carla Hall, cohost of ABC’s “The Chew,” as well as by eight of the Fuel Up to Play 60 Student Ambassadors, to participate in a summit segment called “Crafting Healthy School Breakfasts.” During this segment, both Ford and Hall helped to reinforce the importance of breakfast, with Hall affirming that the solution to healthier kids begins with breakfast. Ford also discussed how in Manatee County (Fla.) School District, student involvement by way of taste-testing panels is the key to successfully introducing new menu items.

To learn more about the summit, view the video below or visit the GENYOUth Foundation website at www.genyouthfoundation.org.

“Chopped” Episode Puts the Spotlight on School Nutrition

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September 26, 2012 – Spoiler alert! Did you catch school nutrition professionals on “Chopped” last night? The episode highlighted how school chefs go above and beyond the call of duty by educating students, encouraging healthy lifestyles and making a difference in the community!

While Cindy Tinnel was crowned “Chopped” champion for the evening, all of the school chef competitors were awarded with generous cash prizes, as well as a special trip to visit Washington, D.C., and tour the White House garden. The episode was really a victory for all hardworking school chefs across the country.

The four school chef competitors of the "Class Acts, Too" episode were:

  • Terry Accaira, General Food Worker, Buena Vista R-31, Colo.
  • Shannon Solomon, Coordinator, Aurora Public Schools, Colo.
  • Lynnette Thomas, Manager, Saint Martinville Primary School, La.
  • Cindy Tinnel, Manager, Henry Maxwell Elementary, Nashville, Tenn.

The episode also featured a special 30-second public service announcement from SNA, promoting healthy school meals available in cafeterias all across the country.

Submit your completed Scavenger Hunt Form to be entered in SNA's special prize drawing. One winner will receive a Master Chef cookware set from All-Clad. An additional 25 winners will receive cookbooks from the Food Network library.

You can fax the form to (301) 686-3115 or scan it and email it to chopped@schoolnutrition.org. Forms must be received by 5:00 pm EST on October 1, 2012, to be eligible.

Don’t forget – if you hosted or attended a viewing party, be sure to post pictures to Facebook or email them to chopped@schoolnutrition.org. They could be featured in School Nutrition magazine!

FAME Nomination Deadline Extended to October 10

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September 25, 2012—Do you know of a school nutrition leader or innovator who deserves to be nominated for a national Foodservice Achievement Management Excellence (FAME) Award? There’s still time to submit your nomination—the deadline has been extended to October 10, 2012.

For close to 25 years, the FAME Awards have recognized those who raise the school nutrition bar for others to follow. These are individuals who have triumphed over challenges and provide insightful and innovative solutions to the complex issues that are the hallmark of this business. If this describes you, your supervisor or a colleague, take the time to submit your nomination today.

Winning a FAME award is a tremendous honor, but being nominated is, as well. The nominations for this and other school nutrition awards programs often are used as leads and resources by School Nutrition, the flagship publication of SNA, and other foodservice media to showcase the profession’s best practices and creative strategies. Participation in the FAME Awards program gives you the chance to shine the spotlight on your district and help spread the word about the important role that school nutrition professionals play in contributing to the health and welfare of America’s children. In this time of new meal pattern regulations, it’s more beneficial than ever for school nutrition professionals to get the word out about their achievements, not only to receive potential recognition for their accomplishments but also to share these successes with their colleagues, who may find them valuable and inspirational.

There are six award categories:

● School Nutrition Director of the Year (must have more than 12 years of director experience)
● Leadership Award (12 or fewer years of experience)
● Rising Star Award (five or fewer years of director experience)
● Special Achievement Award (10,000 or fewer enrollment)
● Spirit Award
● Friend of Child Nutrition Award (advocate such as a principal, state association representative or community leader, going above and beyond scope of normal professional duties; child nutrition directors/department heads are not eligible)

Nominations will be taken online or via a downloadable form at www.fameawards.net until October 10, 2012. Eligible nominees include SNA members in good standing. Make sure FAME doesn’t pass you by!

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Tune In to the Food Network Tonight for Chopped!

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September 25, 2012 – Don’t forget that the “Chopped” episode, featuring school nutrition professionals, airs tonight (Tuesday), at 10:00 p.m. EST/9:00 p.m. CT on the Food Network.

SNA is encouraging members to watch the episode and support your fellow school nutrition professionals. While you watch “Chopped,” download and complete your Scavenger Hunt Form. Fill in the correct answers about the episode, submit it to SNA before October 1st, and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a Master Chef cookware set! Twenty-five (25) additional winners will receive cookbooks from the Food Network library. There are details and official rules available at www.schoolnutrition.org/chopped.

Want do something special for the big episode? Are you throwing a viewing party with your friends? There are tips for organizing a viewing party available at www.schoolnutrition.org/chopped. Post your viewing party photos on SNA’s Facebook page or send them to chopped@schoolnutrition.org. You could be featured in School Nutrition magazine!

Whether you’re planning on watching the episode with friends, curling up solo with some popcorn, or just setting your DVR, don’t miss this chance to support your fellow school nutrition professionals as they show America what school chefs are all about!

Fund Established in Honor of Dr. Josephine Martin at the School Nutrition Foundation

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September 24, 2012 – The School Nutrition Foundation is proud to announce the creation of the Josephine Martin Endowment Fund.

This endowed fund will provide funds each year for an SNA member to attend the annual Legislative Action Conference (LAC) in Washington, D.C., for the first time. LAC is the place where child nutrition professionals gather to strengthen their advocacy skills, as well as shape and define national policy relating to school nutrition.

This fund is a fitting tribute to Dr. Martin’s legacy of the more than 60 years of advocating for child nutrition programs across the country. She has been described as “one of the handful of Americans who paved the way for implementation and sustainability of the nation’s school feeding programs.”

Her passion and outstanding service to school nutrition continue to inspire school nutrition professionals and the Association.

The goal of the endowment is to raise $75,000.

To learn more about the fund and chart the progress as we reach our goal, click here.

Twenty-seven Schools Receive Grants Through Fuel Up™ Breakfast Grants Program

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September 24, 2012—As part of a partnership effort with the National Dairy Council (NDC), General Mills Foodservice recently awarded grants up to $2,000 each to schools across the country through the NDC Fuel Up™ Breakfast Grant program.

The grant opportunity was open to schools enrolled in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program for the 2011-12 school year, and the monies will help awardee schools build or expand their breakfast programs. The Fuel Up to Play 60 program is a partnership between NDC and the National Football League, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to empower youth to improve their nutrition and physical activity.

The following schools are 2012 Fuel Up Breakfast Grant program recipients:

• Carson Junior High School, Mesa, Ariz.
• Lemon Crest Elementary, Lakeside, Calif.
• John F. Kennedy Middle School, Plantsville, Conn.
• Joseph A. Depaolo Middle School, Southington, Conn.
• Holley-Navarre Middle School, Navarre, Fla.
• Tarpon Springs Middle School, Tarpon Springs, Fla.
• Middleton Middle School, Middleton, Idaho
• Indianola Middle School, Indianola, Iowa
• Anchor Bay High School, Fair Haven, Mich.
• Field Elementary School, Canton, Mich.
• Lakeland High School, White Lake, Mich.
• Burnsville Senior High School, Burnsville, Minn.
• Kennedy Secondary School, Fergus Falls, Minn.
• Windsor Middle School, Imperial, Mo.
• Riverside 7-8, Billings, Mont.
• Lincoln Pius X High School, Lincoln, Neb.
• Fredonia Primary School, Fredonia, N.Y.
• White Oak Elementary, Cape Carteret, N.C.
• Ardrey Kell High School, Charlotte, N.C.
• Myrtle Grove Middle, Wilmington, N.C.
• Broughal Middle School, Bethlehem, Pa.
• Solomon Plains Junior High School, Plains, Pa.
• Broad Creek Middle, Newport, S.C.
• Riverside Middle School, Pendleton, S.C.
• Jack Lummus Intermediate School, Ennis, Texas
• Freedom Academy, Provo, Utah
• WF West High School, Chehalis, Wash.

For more information about the Fuel Up Breakfast Grant program, visit http://school.fueluptoplay60.com/funds/Fuel-Up-Breakfast-Grants.php.

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SNF's “Back to School with the New Meal Pattern – Commonly Asked Questions and Answers” Archive Available

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September 17, 2012 – If you were unable to join the School Nutrition Foundation for their webinar on Wednesday, September 12th, a recording of “Back to School with the New Meal Pattern – Commonly Asked Questions and Answers” is now on the SNA website. During this webinar, USDA staff answered many questions that SNA members have had in regards to the new meal pattern. Discussions ranged from age/grade groups to using existing inventory.

Dr. Janey Thornton, SNS, welcomed members to the webinar followed by nearly an hour of questions and answers with staff of USDA’s Child Nutrition Division.

To access the recording, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/webinars, and follow the archive link to “Back to School with the New Meal Pattern – Commonly Asked Questions and Answers.”

Share Your Comments on Meal Pattern Implementation Progress

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September 17, 2012 – As school districts across the nation work to meet the new meal pattern requirements, SNA is creating a new forum for school nutrition professionals to discuss implementation of the new standards, celebrate successes and share ideas for overcoming challenges. SNA is inviting members to post comments below. Tell us what is working in your cafeterias, which changes are a more difficult sell, any feedback you’ve received from students or parents, and your successful tips for smoothing the transition. Learn from your colleagues, benefit from positive ideas from other parts of the country, and share your experience.

SNA will follow the conversation as we continue to collect comments and feedback from members to share with our colleagues at USDA. And don’t forget to visit www.schoolnutrition.org/mealpattern for SNA’s meal pattern implementation tools. We continue to update this site with the latest news and resources from SNA and USDA to help you understand and meet the new requirements.

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Chop, Cheer and Celebrate!

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September 11, 2012 – Don’t miss your fellow school nutrition professionals on an upcoming episode of the Food Network’s hit show, “Chopped"!

Last year’s episode that featured school cafeteria employees was so popular the Food Network is airing an all-new episode with new school chefs! The episode, “Class Acts, Too” will air Tuesday, September 25, 2012, at 10 p.m. (Eastern)/9 p.m. (Central).

SNA is encouraging all members to watch the episode and support your fellow school nutrition professionals. While you watch “Chopped,” be sure to complete your Scavenger Hunt Form. Fill in the correct answers and submit it to SNA before October 1st for a chance to win a Master Chef cookware set! For details and official rules, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/chopped.

Want to get friends in on the action? Watching “Chopped” with your staff and coworkers is a fun team-building activity! Consider organizing a viewing party with your co-workers to cheer on your fellow school chefs in style.

For tips and ideas to put together a fun and fabulous viewing party, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/chopped. Don’t forget to send your viewing party pictures to SNA or share them on Facebook during SNA’s Facebook After Party.

Mark your calendar – the episode airs Tuesday, September 25th at 10 p.m. EST/9 p.m. CT!

School Nutrition Offers Disaster Inspiration and Wisdom

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September 5, 2012—Few of us truly anticipate that a natural disaster will happen “here” to “us.” We watch the news reports, send up a prayer, make a donation, volunteer our time and count our blessings to be spared completely or that it wasn’t worse. The September issue of School Nutrition, SNA’s award-winning flagship publication, offers inspiration and valuable lessons learned from some school nutrition operators who rose to challenges Mother Nature presented. Also included are an overview of SNA’s Annual National Conference held in Denver in July and a look at some ideas for collaborations between school nutrition operations and a district’s culinary arts training program.

The North American Blizzard of 2009. The 2011 Souris River Flood. The 2011 Virginia Earthquake. These are just some of the recent natural disasters that impacted communities and school nutrition professionals across the country. In “Storm Warning,” operators who experienced these and other disasters provide advice and reflections that demonstrate just how well school nutrition professionals rise and shine. Bonus Web Content: Don’t miss more web-only accounts and additional advice about dealing with disasters, including guidance for talking to children in times of trauma.

Do you remember last year’s “Class Acts” episode of the Food Network reality competition “Chopped”? That airing was so successful that an all-new group of school chefs will appear on the program on Tuesday, September 25, 2012. “Chop, Cheer and Celebrate!” has all the details, as well as an entry form for the “Chopped” Scavenger Hunt that will feature exciting Food Network prizes.

Were you one of the 7,000 attendees who explored the latest in school nutrition at ANC in Denver in July? Whether you were there and want to relive the memories or want to catch up on what you missed, “Summit of Success!” offers a round-up of the highlights.

“The Art of a Culinary Collaboration” takes you beyond the (cook)book for an examination of how a school nutrition operation can enhance the educational opportunities of a district’s culinary arts training program—and vice versa. Bonus Web Content: In school districts that don’t offer formal vocational training in culinary arts, cooking can still be a valuable tool that provides students with benefits in all areas of their lives. Learn about an Arizona district’s middle school “culinary institute.”

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Registration is Open for CNIC 2013 in San Antonio

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September 5, 2012 --Discover how building essential partnerships will bring about the results your operation needs to succeed by joining your fellow school nutrition colleagues and industry representatives for SNA’s upcoming Child Nutrition Industry Conference (CNIC), January 13-15, 2013. This annual meeting of operators and industry will be held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Antonio, Texas, and its theme, “Where Partners Create Possibilities” will provide the information you need to gain new ideas to transform your school nutrition operation. With timely sessions discussing the latest data on the operational impact of the new meal patterns to how the outcome of the 2012 Presidential election may affect your operation, you’ll leave the conference with the results you need to move your program to the next level!

With an impressive lineup of general session speakers, CNIC 2013 is sure to inspire you to greatness! Comedian and former Emmy-winning TV host, Ross Shafer will offer a fresh approach to the importance of embracing change to allow for growth. The best-selling author of Nobody Moved Your Cheese will inspire you with his enthusiasm and understanding of human behavior, and will leave you motivated to tackle anything. Need help overcoming the changing obstacles that sprout up in your operation or business? Then you don’t want to miss, Jackie Freiberg, leadership expert and best-selling author of NUTS! Southwest Airlines’ Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal Success, as she details how to plan for potential obstacles and even better – how to overcome them!

And if that weren’t enough, the popular Innovation Stations will give CNIC attendees an opportunity to take a first-hand look at the most current innovations in the school nutrition market. These unique 20-minute presentation sessions allow industry representatives to meet with you in small groups to introduce newly released or in development food, beverage, equipment and service solutions designed to streamline your daily operations.

Online registration for CNIC 2013 is open now. And don’t forget to reserve your hotel room at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. To take advantage of the special SNA conference rate, you may make your reservation online, or by calling 888-421-1442. Be sure to mention “SNA/CNIC” when making your reservation.

Don’t miss out on one of the best learning, sharing and networking events—CNIC 2013! For more information, stay tuned to www.schoolnutrition.org/cnic or contact the SNA Service Center at (800) 877-8822 with your questions. See you in San Antonio!

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CNIC 2013
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CNIC Housing
http://www.schoolnutrition.org/Level2_CNIC2013.aspx?id=17766

Innovation Stations
http://www.schoolnutrition.org/Level2_CNIC2013.aspx?id=17767

Step Into the FAME Spotlight

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September 6, 2012—Time is running out to nominate school nutrition leaders and innovators for a national Foodservice Achievement Management Excellence (FAME) Award. The nomination deadline is September 26, 2012.

This prestigious awards competition recognizes those who raise the school nutrition bar for others to follow. These are individuals who have triumphed over challenges and provide insightful and innovative solutions to the complex issues that are the hallmark of this business. How about you? Your supervisor? A colleague in another district?  Do you hear FAME calling?

Winning a FAME award is a tremendous honor—but so is being nominated! The nominations for this and other school nutrition awards programs frequently are used as leads and resources by School Nutrition, the flagship publication of SNA, and other foodservice media to showcase best practices and creative strategies. Participation in the FAME Awards program is a great way to shine the spotlight on your district and help spread the word to outside communities that school nutrition professionals are experts in contributing to the health and welfare of America’s children.

Nominations will be taken online or via a downloadable form at www.fameawards.net until September 26. There are six award categories:

● School Nutrition Director of the Year (must have more than 12 years of director experience)
● Leadership Award (12 or fewer years of experience)
● Rising Star Award (five or fewer years of director experience)
● Special Achievement Award (10,000 or fewer enrollment)
● Spirit Award
● Friend of Child Nutrition Award (advocate such as a principal, state association representative or community leader, going above and beyond scope of normal professional duties; child nutrition directors/department heads are not eligible)

The awards are sponsored by Basic American Foods, The Schwan Food Company and Tyson Foods, and they will be presented on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at the Westin Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas. Don’t procrastinate and let FAME pass you by! Send your nomination in before this year’s deadline: September 26, 2012.
 

 


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