ANC 2012 Let the Expedition Commence! SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC) in Denver, Colo., is just weeks away—are you ready to explore and expand your professional horizons by taking advantage of four learning-packed and networking-filled days? For a sneak peek at the wide variety of ANC “must” events and activities, turn to page 79, and be sure to visit the ANC section of SchoolNutrition.org for late-breaking updates. In the meantime, be sure to keep a few last-minute conference reminders in mind. ■ SNA’s House of Delegates will meet Saturday, July 14, 2012, beginning at 1 p.m. in the Hyatt Regency in Centennial E-H (Level 3). Although voting privileges are granted only to official delegates, the proceedings are open to all SNA members. For more information, contact the SNA Service Center at (800) 877-8822. ■ As in years past, the SNA Emporium once again will be your one-stop shop for the latest school nutrition merchandise. Take some time to check out bargains on ANC 2012 keepsakes, NSLW and NSBW promotion materials and the latest research. ■ Don’t miss the School Nutrition Foundation’s (SNF) Learning Lab, a valuable place to discover SNA/SNF educational opportunities available through SNA’s online Learning Center, as well as to gather information about breakfast in the classroom, tuition assistance, upcoming Webinar Wednesdays, Peer- 2Peer Connect programs and more. ■ As another busy ANC winds to a close, you’ll be ready for a mellow celebration. The ANC Final Event is the perfect setting, featuring the familiar catchy tunes of pop icons The Beach Boys. Break out the flip flops and sunglasses, and let yourself be swept up in a wave of “Good Vibrations,” as these Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famers take the stage. You’ll be out of your seat and dancing in the aisles in no time, once they start playing some of their timeless melodies, which include “Surfin’ USA,” “California Girls” and “Fun, Fun, Fun.” The event will take place at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18, in the Colorado Convention Center. While a ticket to the show is included in the full ANC registration fee, space is limited—registration does not guarantee a ticket. Register today at www.schoolnutrition.org/anc and, when completing your form, make sure you indicate your intention to attend the Final Event. Publications Research Round-Up Research findings on a wide variety of topics pertinent to school nutrition operations offer potential solutions and strategies in such areas as school health reform and fruit and vegetable consumption rates. The results of these studies—and more—have been published in the Spring 2012 issue of The Journal of Child Nutrition & Management, SNA’s twice-yearly, peer reviewed research journal, available exclusively online at www.schoolnutrition.org/jcnm. Articles in this issue examine a host of timely topics, including: ■ exploring strategies to promote middle school student participation in the School Breakfast Program; ■ building the foodservice “brand personality” within the school nutrition setting; and ■ assessing changes in the school environment (and school nutrition programs) as a result of participating in the Healthier US School Challenge program. For more information on the current issue, issue archives or contributor guidelines, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/jcnm. Professional Development Improve Your Allergy Awareness Did you know that 1 in every 25 Americans has a food allergy? It’s no wonder that this is a hot topic in many schools and communities across the nation. And that’s why the School Nutrition Foundation, with support from the National Peanut Board, has developed a number of free resources to help school nutrition professionals increase their understanding of this critical public health topic. “Food Allergy Management” is a new, free, online course available at SNA’s School Nutrition University (SNU) at snuniversity.org. The one-hour course is divided into five sections to address the different key areas of this important topic: ■ understanding the need for a policy, action plans and quick-response action; ■ understanding federal laws and guidance, tools to use at school and students’ “rights and responsibilities” in this area; ■ learning about allergens and discovering how they can “hide” in ingredient lists; ■ building skills and procedures to avoid cross contamination; and ■ valuing the importance of food safety/sanitation steps that eliminate allergen residue from hands, surfaces and equipment. Each section features a pre- and post-test, as well as resources and discussion questions. The course is worth one CEU and is approved as one hour in Key Area #1: Operations. The course is available in both English and Spanish. In addition, last spring, SNF and the National Peanut Board presented both a webinar and a Peer2Peer Connect program on the topic of food allergies. The webinar, “Teamwork Is Key to Successful Food Allergy Management in Schools,” emphasized regulations, building effective relationships within the school district; and identifying key allergy risks. Visit www.school nutrition.org/webinar wednesdays to access the complete webinar archive or PowerPoint slides for the presentation. This same link will provide access to an archive of the Peer2Peer Connect Q&A session on food allergies. NSLW 2012 What’s Cooking for NSLW? The school year may be winding down, but the next months are bound to fl y by, and before you know it, October will be upon us. And with the arrival of fall comes National School Lunch Week (NSLW), October 15-19, 2012! This year’s theme, “School Lunch: What’s Cooking?,” is designed to help your operation showcase the vital role that school meals play in nurturing future generations of healthy, successful children, while encouraging you to communicate your accomplishments and spotlight the creativity, pride and dedication that your team displays every day. Looking for some ideas to jumpstart your promotion? Log on to www.schoolnutrition.org/cooking. Here you will find everything you need for a memorable celebration, including suggested recipes developed by your peers, downloadable logos, PR resources and more. For NSLW-themed promotional materials, visit www.emporium.schoolnutrition.org. While you’re making plans, be sure to invite parents to enjoy lunch with their children on October 17 as part of SNA and KIWI magazine’s National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day promotion. Visit www.myhealthyschool.com for details. Parents aren’t the only guests you should consider inviting, though. How about reaching out to your national legislators in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate by inviting them to join you and your students for lunch in your cafeteria during NSLW? By sampling your operation’s creations in person, they’ll receive a firsthand taste of how school meals are meeting the new federal guidelines. (Contact information for state and federal representatives can be found at www.schoolnutrition.org/congressionaldirectory.) And remember, don’t forget to pass along the details of your NSLW event to School Nutrition ! Send us a brief report of your activities and photos to NSLW Wrap-Up, School Nutrition , 120 Waterfront St., Suite 300, National Harbor, MD 20745, or email@example.com.
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