SNA’s STEPS Challenge Turns Five!

2016-08-31

SNA's STEPS Challenge Personal Wellness Program

Beginning in September, SNA's STEPS Challenge is back for its 5th year, and you don’t want to miss it! Made available with generous support from Jennie-O Turkey Store, STEPS is the personal wellness program exclusively for SNA members. More than 6,000 devotees have participated since the program’s inception in 2011.

Many of you have already been using the free STEPS program tools to improve your overall health and wellness. You’ve accessed the program’s recipes, exercise ideas, success stories and wellness tips to help you along the way. Maybe you’ve participated in STEPS wellness events at SNA conferences or even won a program prize for your efforts. But have you considered using STEPS as a starting point to establish a school district-wide wellness program?

That idea was the focus of an education session (“Build Health & Wellness Motivation for Your Team With STEPS!”) conducted at SNA’s Annual National Conference in San Antonio. If you weren’t able to attend ANC, or if you just didn’t make it to this particular session, the message is simple: Don’t reinvent the wheel—use STEPS to create something great for your school! All schools participating in the National School Lunch Program are required to have a local wellness policy. And with STEPS as your model, you can design fun challenges that will engage all stakeholders in the community—and identify creative ways to fund incentives that will encourage participation. Before you know it, you’re headed for SUCCESS! SNA members can access the STEPS education session mentioned above (and additional presentations from ANC 2016) at www.schoolnutrition.org/ANC/2016/presentations (member login is required).

Year 5 of STEPS promises to be another great campaign, with all new monthly challenges. Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/STEPS to get started or learn more about the September challenge, which is all about getting active and exercising for 30 minutes a day.

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