School Nutrition Goes Digital!

January 9, 2012—Can’t wait until your issue of School Nutrition magazine arrives in your mailbox each month? Starting January 2012, you now have a new way to access your favorite professional development magazine. School Nutrition has launched a digital edition, available through the web at This additional service—you will still receive your print magazine each month—is being made available to SNA members at no charge. The digital edition is a complete replica of the print issue—cover to cover.

Why digital? SNA knows that its members find School Nutrition to be one of the most valuable benefits of your national membership, and we want to ensure that it’s available to you in multiple formats to best meet your reading needs and preferences. Maybe you want to start reading an article at home in your living room, but finish it up at a computer at work. Can’t wait for the mail to deliver your print copy? Read the magazine online first and then save your print edition for future reference.

School Nutrition’s new digital edition also offers some fun features. For example, a search function allows you to type in a key word or phrase—say, “low-sodium”—and instantly see a list of live links to every reference found throughout the issue, including advertisements. This could be helpful if you are trying to do a quick search for available products to meet certain nutrition specifications, as well as to find editorial content on a hot topic! Indeed, all the web links in the magazine will be live. Want to check out a research report mentioned in a NewsBites item? No need to carefully type out long web addresses filled with random letters and symbols; simply click and you are there. And if you want to bring an article or ad to the attention of a colleague or supervisor? Bypass the copy machine; you can turn to an easy e-mail function.

At this time, the digital edition is available via web browsers; a mobile app is under consideration for the future. Each issue will be available to all visitors to for two months; after that time, SNA members will have exclusive access to the archives. Take some time this month to visit and give the digital version of School Nutrition a test-drive.

So, what will you find in the January issue? This month’s feature articles take a look at equipment. Your job as a school nutrition professional is about more than serving nutritious meals to students—it’s also about using the right equipment and performing the necessary maintenance on these vital pieces of equipment. The January issue of School Nutrition, SNA’s award-winning flagship publication, examines how equipment fits into the overall school nutrition operation, as well as highlights operators’ experiences with various aspects of the equipment management process.

Make sure that you make the right decision when purchasing equipment by making sure that you are doing the research through asking the right questions. Discover the right questions and the corresponding points to consider in “Pop Quiz!”

Menu decisions in K-12 school nutrition operations are, to a significant degree, dictated by the preparation and service equipment you have available. School nutrition professionals share their experiences regarding the important role that equipment has on school menus in “Which Comes First? The Apple or the Appliance?” Bonus Web Content: Mission: Readiness is a nonprofit, nonpartisan national security organization led by more than 250 retired generals, admirals and other senior military leaders who are calling for smart investments in the next generation of American children, including increased access to healthier school meals. Read some of the thoughts leaders of this group have about the link between equipment and the school menu.

Learn more about the part that the investment in equipment plays in central production decisions in “Kitchen Open or Kitchen Closed?” Operators from school districts around the country discuss the decisions that they have made to open or close central kitchens.

Preventive maintenance is essential to keeping equipment used in school nutrition operations running properly, efficiently and for the long haul. “’Tis Better to Spare a Care Than to Despair and Repair” takes a look at what you can do to maximize the life of your tools of the trade.

A taco renaissance is taking the nation—and its schools—by storm. Find out the details in “!Viva el Taco¡”. Bonus Web Content: This issue of School Nutrition includes the debut of a new regular Food Focus feature: “Kitchen Wisdom Says…” is a highlighted recipe that has been reviewed, modified and/or tested by members of the magazine’s new corps of “Kitchen Wisdom” volunteers. Don’t miss a suggested modified version of the highlighted recipe.

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