Take in the View One thing that’s great about working in school nutrition is that there is always something new on the horizon. It might be new regulations that will help us to make school meals more nutritious than ever (see “The Wait Is Over,” page 15). Maybe it will be new ideas to promote a healthy veggie (see “The Merits of Carrots,” page 56). Or a new theme for National School Lunch Week, new resources to build participation, new research about links between health and food choices and new connections every time you meet someone else working school nutrition magic in schools and districts. Certainly, there are always new products and recipes to help entice students into our cafeterias! And, you can explore all of these new horizons in one place: SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC) in Denver, July 15-18, 2012. I’m so excited to announce that registration has officially opened for the premiere school nutrition event of the year! You can read all the details in a special insert found between pages 24 and 25. The ideas. The camaraderie. The energy. I know that many of you have attended your state meetings—but nothing compares to the national conference! Over the course of just four days, you will have your pick of more than 90 education sessions, 700 exhibit booths, 3 general sessions and innumerable networking opportunities. There’s no better source for school nutrition inspiration than ANC. From the insights and expertise of individual education session speakers to the impromptu chat you have with a fellow attendee waiting for the next culinary demonstration to begin, you will find yourself eager to explore the many possibilities that come to your attention. You also will be charged by the high energy of this year’s general session speakers, which include fitness advocates Denise Austin and Ali Vincent. I’m looking forward to hearing some of the music I grew up with when we celebrate the close of this year’s ANC with a special performance by the legendary Beach Boys. And Denver is a fun city to explore during your “down” time. (Be sure to pack your moisturizer, if you’re not used to super-low humidity!) The sky’s the limit in the Mile High City. With more than 2,000 restaurants, acres of shopping and the nation’s largest city park system, Denver has something for everyone. Want to make a vacation of it? An hour’s drive will find you hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park, taking in the view from Pikes Peak or rafting on the Colorado River. The Early Bird deadline is May 11, 2012; sure, that’s some weeks away, but time flies by, and it will be here before you know it. Don’t wait to make your plans. We have many new horizons to explore in school nutrition this year, and I don’t want you to miss a thing! SN
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