IN MEMORIAM Hail and Farewell Following the death of Sen. George McGovern in October, SNA mourns the loss of a fierce advocate for children and a staunch supporter of school nutrition programs. While the news media announcing his passing may have led their stories with references to his historic loss in a 1972 bid to lead the nation as president, SNA and its members count the many victories McGovern made as a champion in the fight against hunger and poverty in this country and around the world. Sen. McGovern made a commitment to fight hunger back in the 1960s, inspiring many political allies and rivals to action. Most notably, the lifelong Democrat’s enduring partnership with Republican Sen. Bob Dole led to the expansion of several federal nutrition programs (including school lunch and breakfast) and the establishment of the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. Over the years, even after leaving the Senate, both men worked together to lead numerous campaigns and initiatives to address hunger issues here and abroad. SNA members at the national, state and local level feel the loss of this friend of school nutrition deeply. A delegation of members from SNA South Dakota were in attendance at the Senator’s funeral on October 26 in Sioux Falls, S.D.; the state affiliate also contributed a memorial donation of $302—$1 for each of its members. Gene White, president of the Global Child Nutrition Foundation and an SNA Past President, reflected on McGovern’s commitment: “He viewed ending hunger as a lifelong call to action, and in the process, convinced the world that children should be fed at school.” Dr. Josephine Martin, an SNA Past President and former executive director of the National Food Service Management Institute, also lauded McGovern’s support, remembering him “with great admiration and appreciation for his leadership and advocacy in expanding the scope of child nutrition.” White, Martin and McGovern (and Sen. Dole) all are recipients of the Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award for Child Nutrition. Marshall Matz, SNA’s Washington counsel for more than 30 years, enjoyed a close professional and personal relationship with the Senator. “His most enduring legacy…will be in the fight against hunger here at home and around the world,” said Matz in a statement. “As was noted by President Bill Clinton, when he awarded George McGovern the Presidential Medal of Freedom, George McGovern was one of the greatest humanitarians of our time. … His legacy on food and nutrition is without equal and will be felt all over the world for many years to come.” For the complete texts of White’s, Martin’s and Matz’s statements of tribute, as well as other commentary, visit www. schoolnutrition.org/mcgovern. HR CORNER Workplace Resolutions Another new year is just around the corner; have you found yourself thinking about the resolutions you intend to make come January 1? Many of us make promises we find difficult to keep for the whole month, never mind an entire year. When it comes to the workplace, consider three simple suggestions that are easy to keep with just a little bit of attention and awareness. ■ Listen. Resolve to take the time to be an engaged listener. Stay focused. Acknowledge that you are not just hearing but understanding. ■ Coach. Don’t Criticize. Resolve to find and take opportunities to coach others to help them improve, rather than criticize what’s not working. Whether you’re a director, manager or employee, coaching can have amazing results. As you model leadership, the employee or coworker often becomes more engaged and motivated. ■ Take Care of Yourself. Personal wellness is a popular and perennial new year’s resolution— but did you know that it can have an impact at work, too? Resolve to make healthy food choices, get plenty of sleep, exercise and smile—a lot! Start by trying to drop old habits and make better choices at least three times a week. You will be amazed by how much better prepared you will be to deal with challenges at work and home. NutrıNET Core Nutrition Messages www.fns.usda.gov/fns/ corenutritionmessages/ New from the government is a series of audience-tested dietary messages and tools that have resonated with both parents and kids, motivating them to adopt healthier eating habits. School nutrition programs can use tips on such topics as whole grains, milk and fruits and vegetables to present consistent messages tied to healthy food choices at school and home. The Great Family Cookbook Project www.familycookbookproject.com Are you interested in compiling the favorite recipes of your family—or school nutrition operation? The Great Family Cookbook Project website allows even the “computerchallenged” to easily create their own personal cookbook. The online software program walks you through each step for organizing the book and printing copies. The website also can be used to create cookbooks to sell for fundraisers. Straight from the Source www.dolefoodservice.com Dole’s Straight from the Source e-newsletter provides operators with school nutrition trends, operational tips and menu solutions, as well as “fruit- forward” recipes. It also supplies directions and links to updates on Dole products, promotions and operator incentive programs. Calendar13 Jan13 JAN. 17-19 81st Winter Meeting, The United States Conference of Mayors Washington, D.C., (202) 293-7330 JAN. 20-22 38th Winter Fancy Food Show®, National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, Inc. San Francisco, (212) 482-6440 JAN. 27-30 Dairy Forum 2013, International Dairy Foods Association Orlando, Fla., (202) 737-4332 JAN. 29-31 International Poultry Exposition, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association Atlanta, (678) 514-1977 Feb13 FEB. 7-9 The NAFEM Show® 13, North American Association of Foodservice Equipment Manufacturers Orlando, (312) 821-0201 FEB. 10-13 MEATXPO ’13, National Meat Association Las Vegas, (510) 763-1533 FEB. 17-20 Annual Conference, International Franchise Association Las Vegas, (202) 662-0763 FEB. 21-23 2013 National Conference on Education, American Association for School Administrators Los Angeles, (703) 528-0700 FEB. 23-27 2013 Convention, American Frozen Food Institute Anaheim, Calif., (703) 821-0770 FEB. 28-MAR. 2 Annual Conference, National Association of Secondary School Principals National Harbor, Md., (800) 253-7746 Mar13 MAR. 6-8 National Anti-Hunger Conference, Food Research and Action Center Washington, D.C., (202) 986-2200 MAR. 6-9 Annual Conference and Culinology® Expo, Research Chefs Association Charlotte, N.C., (678) 303-2963 DateBOOK December National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month National Pear Month Safe Toys and Gift Month Tropical Fruits Month Worldwide Foodservice Safety Month Write to a Friend Month Cookie Cutter Week (Dec. 1–7) National Handwashing Awareness Week (Dec. 2–8) Hanukkah (Dec. 8–16) Kwanzaa (Dec. 26–Jan. 1) Christmas (Dec. 25) National Candy Cane Day (Dec. 26) National Thank You Note Day (Dec. 26) New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31) January Family Fit Lifestyle Month National Get Organized Month National Hobby Month National Mentoring Month National Poverty in America Awareness Month National Soup Month Oatmeal Month School Board Recognition Month New Year’s Resolutions Week (Jan. 1–6) Healthy Weight Week (Jan. 20–26) New Year’s Day (Jan. 1) National Apricot Day (Jan. 9) Kid Inventors Day (Jan. 17) Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday (observed) (Jan. 21) Compliment Day (Jan. 24) February American Heart Month National Black History Month National Youth Leadership Month National School Counseling Week (Feb. 4–8) Random Acts of Kindness Week (Feb. 11–17) National Carrot Day (Feb. 3) National Girls and Women in Sports Day (Feb. 6) Chinese New Year Begins (Feb. 10) Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14) Enter toWIN Year of Plenty Congratulations to Jessamine County Schools, Nicholasville, Ky., the winner of the “Year’s Supply of Rice” sweepstakes from MARS Foodservices. The district accepted its prize at SNA’s Annual National Conference in Denver earlier this year. Jessamine County Schools will receive two cases of UNCLE BEN’s® Whole Grain Rice products each month for a year. Kids in the Kitchen McCormick For Chefs®, McCormick & Company’s Food Away From Home and the National Restaurant Association have announced the Kids Recipe Challenge. Chefs and operators are invited to submit full menus, including a side dish (if applicable) and a beverage. Judging will be based on nutritional value, creativity and originality, perceived taste, ease of use, cost and presentation. The final round of the competition will be judged by a group of elementary school children. Meals (entrée, side, beverage) must not exceed a total of 600 calories and have no more than 35% of calories from fat, 10% of calories from saturated fat, 0.5 g of trans fat, 35% of calories from total sugars and 770 mg per sodium. Two or more of the recommended food groups (lowfat dairy, fruits, vegetables, lean protein and whole grains) must be represented. The deadline to submit entries is January 7, 2013. Winners will receive a cash prize and all-expenses-paid trip to Chicago during the 2013 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show. To enter or for more information, visit www. mccormickforchefs.com/News/Kids-Recipe- Challenge.aspx. Berry Delicious Enjoy using cranberries as part of your holiday confections? If so, try your hand at the Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center’s Holiday Cranberry Candies contest. Cranberries in any of form can be used. Winners will receive prizes from the Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center and have their recipe published on the Center’s website and in its newsletter. The deadline to enter is December 31, 2012. To submit an entry or for more details, visit http://tinyurl. com/92xjlzx. Fueled up and Focused Schools enrolled in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program are eligible to receive up to $4,000 per year to help jumpstart and sustain health, nutrition and physical activity improvements. The initiative, launched by the National Dairy Council and the National Football League, is providing funds that can be used for a variety of activities xand tools, such as student engagement and motivation, in-school promotions, family engagement, tracking and measurement and overall Fuel Up to Play program implementation. The deadline to apply is January 15, 2013. For more information, visit http://school.fueluptoplay60.com/ funds/funds_for_futp60.php. Fall for Fungi Do you love mushrooms? Mad About Mushrooms seeks original recipes featuring wild or cultivated mushrooms. Any type of dish is eligible. Prizes include cedar planks and cookbooks. Entries are due January 14, 2013. To learn more or to enter, visit www.madaboutmushrooms.com. Recognizing Today’s Leaders The Alliance for a Healthier Generation has honored school leaders who have done an exceptional job in creating healthy school environments for students and staff. The 2012 Healthy Schools Program Champions will join the Alliance’s National Champions Network, a team that helps schools improve access to healthy food and beverages and daily physical activity. Two school nutrition professional 2012 honorees are Jennifer Rex, child nutrition director, Plain Local Schools, Canton, Ohio, and Susan DeRosier, cafeteria manager, Armstrong Middle School, Fairless Hills, Pa. For a complete list of winners, visit www.healthier generation.org/media.aspx?id=6162.
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