LAC 2013 Step Up and Speak Out With passion and purpose, let your voice be heard! Join your fellow school nutrition colleagues in the nation’s capital for a unique opportunity to shape and define national policy relating to child nutrition. SNA’s 41st Legislative Action Conference (LAC) will take place March 3-6, 2013 at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C. In January, we will begin another term working with the Obama administration, and meet some new legislators on Capitol Hill. It’s the beginning of a whole new four years, and you’re probably wondering what’s ahead for school nutrition. At LAC, you will hear from Washington insiders, learn more about the inner workings of our democratic process and examine the implications from the 2012 Presidential and Congressional elections, so you are better prepared to meet future challenges head-on. Plus, it’s your best opportunity all year to hear directly from representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), as you continue to navigate operational challenges related to the new meal pattern regulation. And you will have the opportunity to share your unique expertise when you visit Capitol Hill and speak directly with elected officials of the U.S. Congress to advocate on behalf of the children you serve every school day. Enjoy an inspiring evening on Monday, March 4 with new and old friends alike for the 10th annual A Possible Dream Gala, a special celebration of the champions of child nutrition while supporting the work of the Global Child Nutrition Foundation. The highlight of this event will be the presentation of the Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award for Child Nutrition to Arlene Mitchell. With more than 30 years of experience in international program development, Mitchell, now a part of the Gates Foundation, has served the World Food Programme and USDA. To learn more about the conference, invited speakers and information about registration and hotel accommodations, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/lac. The Early Bird registration deadline is January 21, 2013. For more details about the Gala, send an e-mail to email@example.com. Public Awareness “Lunch Teachers” Serve Up Excellence Did you chop, cheer and celebrate on September 25 when four school nutrition professionals participated on The Food Network’s “Chopped” reality television competition? The episode (“Class Acts, Too”) featured an all-new group of school chefs: Terry Accaira, Buena Vista School District, Colo.; Shannon Solomon, Aurora Public Schools, Colo.; Lynette Thomas, St. Martinville Primary School, La. and Cindy Tinnel, Henry Maxwell Elementary School, Nashville, Tenn. The episode also featured a special 30-second public service announcement from SNA, promoting healthy school meals available in cafeterias all across the country. Early on in the episode, Accaira referred to herself as a “lunch teacher,” a fitting title for all four school chefs, as they poured their hearts into their cooking and demonstrated their passion and dedication to serving up excellence every day to our nation’s children. Throughout the competition, the contestants received plenty of advice, praise and constructive criticism from the judges, which included a repeat appearance by Sam Kass, White House assistant chef and senior policy advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives. While Tinnel won the competition, and received $10,000 from the Food Network, the other three chefs were awarded generous cash prizes, as well as a special trip to visit Washington, D.C., and a tour of the White House garden with Kass—and the original four “Chopped” school chefs. [Editors’ Note: See “Head of the Class,” June/July 2012 for details about the 2011 “Class Acts” episode, and look for a longer follow-up article about all eight contestants in Spring 2013.] SNA and The Food Network teamed up to offer viewers some friendly competition, as well, through a special “Watch & Win!” Scavenger Hunt. Participating SNA members who correctly answered five questions about the episode were entered into a prize drawing. Peggy Harrell of Smith County Schools, Miss., was the grand-prize winner of a Master Chef cookware set from All-Clad; 25 additional winners received cookbooks from the Food Network library. Certification & Credentialing Ready for a New Resolution? Have you been procrastinating on taking your school nutrition career to the next level with SNA certification? Maybe it’s because you feel a little intimidated about meeting Academic, Core and Key Area Requirements or maintaining the appropriate level of continuing education units (CEUs). SNA is continually working to provide members with numerous opportunities to help you to meet these requirements at your convenience, with little cost and through job-growth activities that may be a regular part of your development! Let’s start by looking at SNA’s academic requirement for Level 1 Certification, which mandates that individuals have either a high school or a general equivalency diploma (GED). If you haven’t earned your GED yet, are you aware that SNA’s School Nutrition Foundation offers a scholarship program to help you offset the costs related to attaining your GED? This includes funds to help pay for classes, study materials and the GED test fee. You can learn all about it at www.schoolnutrition.org/snf; click on the “Scholarship Information and Applications” link. The Core Requirements for Level 1 Certification are two 10-hour SNA-approved courses on nutrition and food safety/sanitation. SNA offers online opportunities for both courses at www.snuniversity.org; these are reasonably priced and allow you to complete the course at your own pace and during a time of the day (or night) that is convenient to you. In addition, SNA has approved a number of related courses offered by state agencies, state affiliates, certain organizations and even individual districts. You can find an updated list of these at www.schoolnutrition.org/certification; you will find the link in the left column box of links. (The website also features suggestions for meeting Key Area requirements for Levels 2 and 3.) When it comes to maintaining your certification through regular CEUs, you have many low-cost opportunities at your fingertips! You can earn hours by participating in SNA national and state conferences, personal wellness programs, free webinars, back-to-school workshops/training, a school community open house and more! And did you realize that you can earn CEUs by holding a chapter, state or leadership position? These are just a handful of available opportunities. You can find a complete list of suggestions in the latest copy of the Certification Guide and www.schoolnutrition.org/nextlevel; click on “General CEU information” and scroll to the bottom of the page for the suggestions link. STEPS Challenge Members Making Strides With STEPS SNA’s personal wellness program, the STEPS Challenge, kicked off in September, and for many SNA members it’s already been full steam ahead! More than 2,000 members have registered for the program—and more are signing up every day. The STEPS Challenge approach is simple: It’s all about making small changes to get healthier and live well. The first monthly challenge, Focus on Fruit, encouraged participants to eat more healthy and delicious fruit. Participants recorded their fruit servings on a tracking sheet, and nearly 200 people earned 50+ points and submitted a tracking sheet to SNA. Five STEPS participants (Ann Hooper, St. Amant, La.; Peggy Rudolph, Pocatello, Idaho; Connie Hodges, New Albany, Ind.; Carol Troast, Wingate, N.C. and Alma Dean, Boscawen, N.H.) were winners in the September challenge prize drawing, and received a free one-year subscription to Health magazine. Special kudos to the Hickman Mills School District, Kansas City, Mo., which has many school nutrition staff participating; more than 15 of those individuals earned 50 points in September. With the STEPS Challenge, it’s never too late to join in, just like it’s never too late to make simple changes that will add up to a healthier lifestyle. December’s challenge invites you to Manage Holiday Stress. This challenge focuses on the importance of taking time out to relax, unwind and focus on wellness. To learn more about the STEPS Challenge program, individual monthly challenges and special national conference activities, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/steps. Be sure to tell us your success stories, too. You just might be featured on the STEPS Challenge website or in School Nutrition! SNA Meetings & Events JANUARY 13-15, 2013 Child Nutrition Industry Conference San Antonio, Texas MARCH 3-6, 2013 Legislative Action Conference Washington, D.C. MARCH 4-8, 2013 National School Breakfast Week APRIL 1-30, 2013 Global Child Nutrition Month APRIL 18-20, 2013 National Leadership Conference Savannah, Ga. MAY 6-10, 2013 School Nutrition Employee Week JULY 14-17, 2013 Annual National Conference Kansas City, Mo. OCTOBER 14-18, 2013 National School Lunch Week
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