SN Magazine: June/July 2012

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Whether your school meals program serves 400 kids or 40,000, the odds are that your plate is pretty full with the responsibilities associated with prepping and serving nutritious, appealing, federally compliant meals to school children. And yet, if you can’t find opportunities to serve up some nutrition education along with your healthy meals, the rest of your team’s efforts barely matter. The June/July issue of School Nutrition, SNA’s award-winning flagship publication, explores some nutrition education ideas designed to fit with your operation’s time and budget. Also included is a behind-the-scenes look at last fall’s episode of “Chopped” that featured school nutrition professionals and a preview of this summer’s Annual National Conference in Denver.

From simple routines to involved projects to complex programs, there are many ways to incorporate nutrition education into your day. In You, Too, Can Teach, discover a spectrum of ideas and best practices to consider.

Chefs, farmers and opera singers (?!). Round up the Unusual Suspects explores how these community partners—and many others—may be willing and able to help you deliver important nutrition education to your students.

By applying a little behavioral psychology, you can teach kids to make smarter, healthier food choices. Curious to learn more? Raise Your Cafeteria’s IQ is full of valuable research and suggestions that you can implement in your own operation.

Head of the Class takes you behind the scenes of “Chopped,” the buzzed-about Food Network show, to reveal how four inspiring school nutrition professionals sliced and diced some longstanding negative stereotypes, while raising the public awareness bar for healthy school meals. 

Bonus Web Content: Learn about life after “Chopped” and read on for some more behind-the-scenes insights.

There is no better place to discover what’s new on the horizon in school nutrition than in Denver at SNA’s Annual National Conference, July 15-18, 2012. Don’t miss the complete conference preview found in Onward, Pioneers!

Gray skies are going to clear up (at least metaphorically) when you serve up the sweetness of yellow and orange fruits. Sunny Dispositions provides a detailed look and serving suggestions in the first part of this multi-part fruit exploration. 

Bonus Web Content: Learn about even more yellow and orange fruits and check out an additional web-exclusive recipe.

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