New Beginnings Hello! I’d like to thank you for electing me as your new employee/manager representative. Let me start my new role by telling you a little bit about myself. I have been working in school nutrition for 23 years; today, I am a high school manager in Carlsbad, N.M. I have been married for 43 years, and I have three children and nine grandchildren. I am excited to work on your behalf as a member of SNA’s national Board of Directors. This year, the biggest challenge for all of us is meeting the new federal meal pattern for school lunch. Like many of you, I have been to different meetings and trainings, listening to various opinions and interpretations about the many pieces of the new rule. It’s a lot to take in, isn’t it?! But I encourage all of us who work on the front lines to approach the new rules with positive attitude. Your enthusiasm and positive attitude can be contagious staff and students alike—and they are essential keys to making the new meal pattern work! How does your favorite restaurant “sell” items to you, as a customer? Start thinking of your cafeteria as your very own restaurant. How will you market healthy items to students? How can you create menus and present individual items that show an array of inviting colors and attract students’ attention? But you have to do more than “show”—you need to “tell,” too. Encourage students to take and try new products by telling them over and over how delicious the food is and how easy it is to just try a few bites. Remember, you are making a difference by giving them the tools they need for their lifelong health. Next, do not be afraid to ask for help. It means you are open to new ideas that will help you run things more effectively and creatively. Contact the other managers in your district or even in other nearby districts. Call your supervisor and check in with your state affiliate for assistance. Also, do not be afraid to offer advice and success stories so that others can benefit from your knowledge and experience. When it comes to the new meal pattern regulation, one choice we do not have is to just ignore it. But we can choose to have a good attitude and to pass that along to our staff and students. We can choose to work together to make it a great learning experience and successful transition. Let your positive light shine when a student says, “Yuck, why are you serving us that?” Tell them: “Because I care and want you to be healthy and full of energy.” What are some of the tips and tricks your cafeteria team is using to meet the new meal pattern? I’d love to hear from you on this—or anything else on your mind—so please feel free to contact me at email@example.com What’s Cooking? National School Lunch Week October 15-19, 2012 As you read this, you and your cafeteria team should be getting ready to celebrate National School Lunch Week (NSLW). You can find suggestions in the April 2012 issue of the magazine, as well as online at www. schoolnutrition.org/cooking. Part of your planning should be about how you will take photos to document the event! School Nutrition offers some helpful tips at www.schoolnutrition.org/snmagazine phototips. In addition, be sure that you check with the principal’s office about the school’s policy for submitting photos of students to this magazine, your state publication or local media. Step Up! STEPS Challenge If you attended ANC in Denver, or read through the August issue of this magazine, you learned about the STEPS Challenge, SNA’s new personal wellness initiative sponsored by Jennie-O Turkey Store. Have you signed up yet? Taking part in this challenge will connect you with other SNA members who have similar goals for improved health and well-being. Keep each other accountable and be the best you can be, not only for yourself but also so that you can serve as an even better role model for the kids in your school. Visit www.schoolnutrition. org/steps to learn more and sign up today! Stay Connected Don’t Miss Key SNA Info! Do we have your correct e-mail address? SNA wants to improve our ability to reach you with timely school nutrition-related news, trends, legislative updates, upcoming meetings and other essential resources. To do so, we need to make sure we have your correct e-mail address in our records. To ensure you’re connected with SNA, simply submit or verify your current e-mail address using the MySNA link at School Nutrition.org.
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