Patricia L. Fitzgerald 0000-00-00 00:00:00
SNA’s 66th Annual National Conference is your single-best opportunity to explore all the possibilities and potential that await just over the school nutrition horizon. HISTORY’S EARLIEST EXPLORERS defied the conventional wisdom that warned them not to venture beyond the horizon’s edge, or else face, literally, the end of the world. They didn’t know exactly what to expect, and it certainly would have been safer to just keep doing what was known and understood. But they weren’t satisfied to play it safe. Instead, they chose to take a risk, move out of their comfort zone and discover what was beyond the next horizon—and the one after that. Indeed, centuries of human quest and achievement—in all areas—have demonstrated that there is always something new on the horizon. We can be fearful of it and resistant to how it will change what we know and what is familiar. Or we can see it as an exciting challenge to master. When you work in school nutrition, there are many new horizons continually waiting to be explored. From changing regulations to revolutionary technologies to product innovations to professional practices, the opportunities to improve your service to students await your discovery. And there is no better place to discover what’s new on the horizon right now than in Denver at SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC), July 15-18, 2012. EXPLORE EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES Your exploration of new horizons in school nutrition starts with a desire to know more— more about new challenges, new strategies, new opportunities. And with an estimated 90, count ‘em, 9-0 education sessions planned, you can be assured that you are going to learn something during your stay in Denver. The ANC program has been developed to offer sessions for every school nutrition job level, from kitchen employees to state agency staff. Sessions have been identified to meet the different areas of SNA’s Keys to Excellence and Certification programs. You will be able to build a schedule by selecting individual sessions from the four tracks (Operations, Nutrition, Administration and Communications & Marketing). Plus, certain sessions have been identified as “Hot Topics” and excellent for “New Directors.” You can make the most of this year’s conference by picking and choosing the individual sessions that address your unique needs and interests—or concentrate your efforts within a single track. Eager to learn how to make the most of USDA Foods offerings? Want to separate the fact and fiction about fl avored milk in schools? Ready to become more comfortable with public speaking? Do you need advice about menuing to meet the new meal patterns? How about fresh ideas for celebrating National School Lunch Week? Or suggestions for working with chefs? You’ll find sessions on all these topics and many more. The ANC section of SNA’s website, www. schoolnutrition.org/anc, will feature updates on the full schedule of educational opportunities, so that you can identify priorities and plan before you arrive in Denver. There are certain valuable topics that require more time to present, and a number of these have been designated as pre-conference sessions. For example, the 4-hour Food Safety Basics course has been developed to assist front-line managers/employees with critical knowledge and procedures, as well as aid directors/supervisors in developing effective training programs in this area. Other scheduled pre-conference sessions will focus on farm-to-school programs, financial management for directors, conflict management and the HealthierUS School Challenge initiative. Visit www. schoolnutrition.org/anc for more details, including CEUs, costs and registration information. EXPLORE NEW SOLUTIONS Having the knowledge is a key factor in the equation for new discoveries, but you also need the tools. That’s where the ANC Exhibit Hall comes in. If you’ve been to a state conference or a local food show, you know how exciting it can be to taste and try dozens of new products. Well, at ANC, you will be treated to hundreds of new products, from lower-sodium sandwiches to stealthy ways to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into kid favorites to technologies, equipment and resources designed to help you do what you need to do—and want to do—better. Past attendees consistently rate the Exhibit Hall as one of the most valuable elements of this conference. And why not? Nowhere else but ANC do you have a unique opportunity to view, taste and touch such a tremendous scope of items designed to improve the success of your school nutrition operation. To determine if a particular company will be exhibiting in Denver, review the list that begins on page 88. And be sure to check your onsite ANC Program Guide for more details about what products these companies will be featuring. You will have three days to peruse the many offerings featured in each aisle, but it only takes a few hours to discover an array of solutions that will keep your program fresh and vibrant. Make time to sit in on one of the Culinary Demonstrations to discover tips about food preparation strategies that will allow you to enhance your menu offerings and increase participation. Stop by the Cutting- Edge Complex to learn more about new equipment and software that help improve program efficiency. While business is at the forefront of your agenda, there’s no rule saying you can’t enjoy the Exhibit Hall experience. That’s why SNA and its exhibitors and sponsors go to great lengths to offer creative and fun experiences. Visit the companies participating in School Nutrition magazine’s annual Scavenger Hunt (“The Denver Dash”) and earn a chance at some cool prizes! Directors: Use your All- Access Pass and you could win a full 2013 SNA meetings registration package. Everyone can take a break at the Wellness Village to relax and recharge. “Catch the Moment” with a photo taken in a unique conference memorabilia setting— including the cover of School Nutrition! Or sign up to be a volunteer “Secret Shopper” for School Nutrition for a fresh way to explore the Exhibit Hall and help identify the coolest products that catch your eye (contact snmagazine@ schoolnutrition.org by June 30 for details). EXPLORE SINGULAR SENSATIONS It’s not easy being a pioneer. It takes courage. It takes persistence. Discouragement and frustration are part of the experience. And in school nutrition, where every new school year brings an onslaught of public scrutiny often based in stereotype? It’s not easy to dig down and keep on keeping on. That’s why SNA’s leadership has always insisted that ANC include events and activities that inspire and entertain. Take a look at the lineup of General Session speakers. On Sunday, Denise Austin’s goal will be to boost your self-esteem and confidence. Austin is renowned for her positive outlook and can-do attitude, which have earned her a reputation as “America’s favorite fitness instructor.” Seen each morning on Lifetime’s “The Balancing Act,” Austin has a unique ability to make her audience feel as though she’s right there with them, cheering them on. Whether you need an extra push to explore your new horizons—be they professional or personal—this dynamo will motivate you to make it happen! On page 66, School Nutrition takes you behind the scenes of the Food Network’s “Chopped” emotional and buzzed-about “Class Acts” episode, which showed America the passion and expertise of “school chefs.” This affirming episode, which blew the lid off the enduring lunch lady stereotype, is the subject of Tuesday’s General Session, featuring the episode’s guest judge: White House Assistant Chef and Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives Sam Kass . Kass will share his own behind-the-scenes perspective of the culinary showdown, including how the program further bolstered his own support of the front-line staff working in school cafeterias. Kass will be joined by food advocate and media personality Phil Lempert for an engaging discussion on the changing perceptions of school meals and school nutrition professionals. This session is sure to leave you with renewed pride and reinvigorated passion for all that you do. On Wednesday, as SNA inducts a new Board of Directors and begins work on a year themed to the notion of “transformation,” General Session attendees will be treated to the inspiring story of Ali Vincent, who underwent a remarkable transformation of her own as the first female champion of NBC’s weight-loss reality show, “The Biggest Loser.” Vincent is the embodiment of her personal philosophy: “Believe It, Be It,” and lives a life convinced that anything is possible. Fit, full of energy and ready to spread her message of positivity, Vincent will empower you to set your sights on your own new horizons and start the journey to success. Before you leave Denver, don’t miss the ANC Final Event: a concert featuring the legendary Beach Boys. Now there’s a band that explored new horizons in music and were pioneers of a revolutionary brand of pop. These American icons will take you on a trip back to the California cool of the Sixties. Get ready to be swept up in a wave of “Good Vibrations” when these Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famers take the stage. (Note: A ticket to the show is included in the full ANC registration fee, but space is limited and tickets will go quickly. Make sure you indicate your intention to attend on the ANC registration form. ) EXPLORE CAMARADERIE Few explorers and pioneers made their discoveries all by themselves. They were supported by a team who shared their dreams and visions. ANC is the perfect opportunity to share your own passion for school nutrition with others from your school or district, as well as thousands of your peers from across the country. Make the most of this chance to meet, greet and interact with other school nutrition professionals, whether it’s while waiting for an education session to begin or during one of numerous ANC activities designed to promote networking and camaraderie among members: • Chapter Leadership Day • the Inspirational Service • the Peak Performance Awards Ceremony • the School Nutrition Foundation’s Puttin’ on the Glitz • Membership Section meetings • Child Nutrition Showcase Schedules for and details about all of these special events will be included in the onsite ANC Program Guide and are posted at www.schoolnutrition.org/anc. EXPLORE NEW HORIZONS With 66 years of history behind it, SNA and the school nutrition profession owe so much to the pioneers who still inspire us with their courage and commitment. What’s beyond tomorrow’s horizon? It’s up to you to step forward and explore what comes next. DESTINATION DENVER If you’re an ANC veteran, you already know all the benefits of conference registration. But maybe you need the added incentives of making Denver, this western jewel at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, your summertime destination. • Denver enjoys 300 days of sunshine each year—more than San Diego or Miami! Its mild and dry climate should be a welcome respite from the heat and humidity of many American communities. • Denver’s tree- and fl ower-lined 16th Street Mall will be a must-see shopping source for many attendees. This city also boasts some 300 restaurants within walking distance of the Colorado Convention Center, serving all varieties of cuisine. • While not actually in the mountains, Denver looks at a 140-mile mountain panorama that features some 200 named peaks, including several that soar above 13,000 feet! And it’s a gateway to adventure and beauty. In a little more than an hour, you can hike in Rocky Mountain National Park; ride the railroad to the top of Pikes Peak; or go river rafting down Clear Creek Canyon. • Denver is called the Mile High City for a reason: The 13th step on the west side of the State Capitol building is exactly one mile above sea level. • Located in the heart of Denver, one of the most accessible and visitor-friendly downtowns in the country, the Colorado Convention Center is within easy walking distance of all the official ANC hotels. For more travel tips, ideas and facts about Denver, log on to www.visitdenver.com.
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