ANC 2013 Big Names, Big Opportunities at ANC 2013 From the Opening General Session to the musical finale, SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC) is jam-packed with celebrities boasting jaw-dropping credits in television, journalism, children’s publishing and pop/country music. Seeing these nationally known names in person is just one reason among many to be sure you don’t miss ANC 2013, taking place July 14-17 in Kansas City, Mo. On the first official day of the conference, Sunday, July 14, get acquainted with Al Roker. The “Today Show” weatherman, best-selling author and entrepreneur wears many hats, and he uses them all to create an engaging life story that he’ll share with ANC attendees. On Tuesday, July 16, investigative reporter and television personality Lisa Ling will share her transformative experiences as an international broadcast journalist, covering events and people in both distant locations (such as the Congo and Afghanistan) and backyards right here in America. On Wednesday, July 17, you’ll get a chance to meet an author of a different variety when Jarrett J. Krosoczka, creator of the Lunch Lady graphic novel series, headlines the Closing General Session. Your own passion for this profession will be reignited as Krosoczka shares why school nutrition professionals are genuine superheroes in his eyes. And, don’t leave town before sundown! Country-rocker Darius Rucker will delight audiences at the Final Event. No promises regarding songs from his Hootie and the Blowfish days, but Rucker is sure to play his chart-rising cover of “Wagon Wheel” and many other fan favorites. Although the big names might draw you to this year’s conference, it’s the big opportunities at ANC that will leave you feeling engaged and exhilarated for the start of another school year. Arrive early to participate in one of seven focused pre-conference sessions (pre-registration required) before identifying which of the more than 90 education sessions best fits your interests and training needs. Monday through Wednesday, you’ll have hours to explore the most extensive school nutrition Exhibit Hall in the country! Add in a much-anticipated awards ceremony and the stress-busting Wellness Village, and you won’t have any opportunity to be bored while visiting the heartland. Big names, big opportunities, a bigger conference than ever before—ANC is just around the corner. Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/anc2013 to register today for the best savings. The Early Bird rate expires May 10, 2013. STEPS Challenge STEPS’ Finish Line in Sight The inaugural year of STEPS is winding down, but if you haven’t yet joined the more-than-3,000 SNA members in monthly health challenges, there’s still time to participate. Members have tackled healthy breakfasts, fitting in fitness, adding fruits and vegetables and more. Now, May’s challenge, Minimize Your Screen Time, encourages you to swap TV, computer and tablet time for exercise and fresh air. Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/STEPS to download and print a tracking sheet. Track your points throughout the month—each hour you spend doing physical activity instead of watching TV or browsing on a computer or tablet gives you five points in return. If you earn 50 or more points, send your sheet to SNA via email at email@example.com or fax to (301) 686-3115. Five winners, who will be chosen randomly from all who submit a completed tracking sheet, will receive a fruit gift basket from Harry & David. If you’ve participated in every monthly challenge during the first year of STEPS, SNA wants to hear from you! Submit your success story at www.schoolnutrition.org/STEPS. And, if you’re a fan of STEPS, don’t fret—Year Two officially launches at ANC 2013 in Kansas City. Look for some exciting new additions and revisions to the program, which include simpler tracking, competitions between states, new resources, recipes and more. The monthly challenges, healthy recipes, fitness tips and wellness advice continue to be part of the challenge. Stay tuned for more information, coming this summer! In the meantime, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/STEPS to maintain your healthy habits with the recipes, tips and more. School Nutrition Foundation Breakfast Initiative Surpasses Goal The Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom Project continues to produce exciting results from its multi-year initiative to improve school breakfast participation through in-classroom service. As of February 2013, the project had already exceeded its SY 2012-13 goal of feeding the valuable morning meal to an additional 20,000 students through its support of universal breakfast-in-the classroom service in eight participating school districts: Charleston County (S.C.) School District, Denver (Colo.) Public Schools, Des Moines (Iowa) Schools, Elgin (Ill.) U-46, Guilford County (N.C.) Schools, Jefferson County (Ky.) Public Schools, Kansas City (Kan.) Schools and Knox County (Tenn.) Schools. The work of the four partners—SNA’s School Nutrition Foundation, the Food Research and Action Center, the National Association of Elementary School Principals Foundation and the National Education Association Health Information Network—is funded by the Walmart Foundation. The initiative is now in its second year. Each of the participating school districts works with local stakeholders (including teachers, principals, education support staff, custodial personnel and, of course, the school nutrition team) to identify the best of a variety of delivery methods (direct delivery, kiosks, grab ‘n’ go) to ensure the success of breakfast-in-the-classroom service. Schools in the program developed a customized plan for serving breakfast after the first bell. At many schools, breakfast participation has skyrocketed from 20% to more than 85%. In Jefferson County (Ky.) Public Schools, school breakfast participation exceeded an established goal by an additional 700 students. Plus, several principals in schools not offering breakfast-in-the-classroom service have expressed a desire to start, after seeing success at other schools. To follow the progress of all the pilot districts, check in regularly at www.BeyondBreakfast.org. For resources to help expand school breakfast efforts, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/BIC. Membership A Chance to Win! Membership Drive During SNEW School Nutrition Employee Week (SNEW), which celebrates the work of those who feed school children every day, runs from May 6 to 10. Let the good buzz and warm feelings last by giving the gift of SNA membership to your employees. The SNEW Membership Drive runs through the whole month of May, and the SNA member who recruits the most new members in May will win two complete sets of the nine-volume Lunch Lady books by Jarrett J. Krosoczka—one for the winner, one for their school (or the school of their choice)! Don’t forget! Make sure the new member you recruit writes your name in the referral section of the membership application form; otherwise, it won’t count. For more details about the SNEW Membership Drive, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/SNEW. SNA Meetings & Events MAY 6-10, 2013 School Nutrition Employee Week MAY 15-16, 2013 Industry Boot Camp National Harbor, Md. JULY 14-17, 2013 Annual National Conference Kansas City, Mo. OCTOBER 14-18, 2013 National School Lunch Week JANUARY 12-14, 2014 Child Nutrition Industry Conference Miami, Fla. MARCH 2-5, 2014 Legislative Action Conference Washington, D.C. MARCH 3-7, 2014 National School Breakfast Week APRIL 1-30, 2014 Global Child Nutrition Month APRIL 18-20, 2014 National Leadership Conference St. Louis, Mo. SNA Research Wanted: District Profiles SNA’s District Profiles Database is an online tool that allows participating SNA members to view profiles of school nutrition operations to compare benchmarks, learn best practices and identify colleagues with similar programs and challenges. Over the last year, SNA has been working on a number of improvements to enhance this tool, making it more user-friendly and updating collected data points to reflect changing regulations. But to be most effective, it needs your participation. Have you submitted a profile of your own district’s operation yet? SNA is sponsoring a prize drawing to reward members for their time and effort in contributing to this valuable tool. When you submit an upto- date District Profile, you will be entered into a random drawing for prizes and receive complimentary access to the District Profile Database. Don’t miss your chance to win an Apple iPad2 in the Grand Prize drawing on July 15, 2013! To learn more, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/districtprofiles.
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