Leadership SNA Needs Its Next Leaders Have you or a colleague considered taking the next step in your advocacy for school nutrition programs? SNA is seeking qualified candidates to serve on its national Board of Directors and its Nominating Committee. These leaders play an integral role in guiding the future of the Association, as well as steering potential changes for the school nutrition profession overall. If you or a colleague is up for the exciting challenges and rewards of volunteer service at this level, send in your nominations now. Open Board of Directors positions in the upcoming election include vice president (which ascends to the position of president); regional director seats for the Mideast, Midwest, Southeast and West; chair positions for the Education, Public Policy & Legislation and Research committees; and industry representative. SNA also seeks regional representatives from the Northeast, Northwest and Southwest for the SNA Nominating Committee. All these positions will be elected in Fall 2014. To propose a name— including your own!—send an e-mail containing the nominee’s contact information, including name, school district, state, e-mail address and workplace phone number to Nominating Committee Staff Liaison Jean Geraghty at jgeraghty@schoolnutrition. org. Submissions must be received by April 30, 2014. The Nominating Committee will meet in July prior to the Annual National Conference in Boston to select the candidate slate for the 2014 election. STEPS Make Time for Breakfast Kids aren’t the only ones who should take time for breakfast this month. While you’re celebrating National School Breakfast Week at work, make sure to start your mornings with time to eat a nutritious breakfast yourself. You’ll set a good example for your students and for your family—and boost your health! According to the National Weight Control Registry (NWCR), 78% of people who are successful in losing weight and keeping it off eat breakfast regularly. Throughout the month of March, earn two points for every morning that you eat a breakfast that features servings of whole grains and/or a fruit or vegetables. If you earn 50 points or more, submit your tracking sheet to www.schoolnutrition.org/steps or fax it to (301) 686-3115 before April 5. This month’s prize is a Fitbit® Zip™ Wireless Activity Tracker, which monitors your steps taken, distance covered and calories burned—it’s the perfect tool to help you toward a healthier you! To learn more about the STEPS Challenge, including details about upcoming challenges, recipes and tips, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/steps. NSBW 2014 Share Your NSBW Success With SN The clock is ticking…you are invited to share your 2014 National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) activities with School Nutrition now! We’re curious as to how you celebrated the morning meal—did you dress up the lunchroom and serving lines with a special theme? Invite local celebrities to participate? Create a fresh promotional campaign touting the virtues of eating breakfast? Your ideas could inspire other members in prioritizing breakfast. Send the details of how you, your staff and your students beat the clock and made school breakfast a priority during NSBW14, a long with high-resolution photos, to: School Nutrition, Attn: NSBW Wrap-Up, 120 Waterfront St., Suite 300, National Harbor, MD 20745, or via e-mail to email@example.com. Your efforts just might be featured in the pages of School Nutrition! Awards SN Heroes to Take Center Stage SNA and its philanthropic arm, the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF), are pleased to announce the selection of five individuals for recognition as School Nutrition Heroes. The award was developed to shine a much-deserved spotlight on the extraordinary efforts of ordinary SNA members on the occasion of SNF’s 50th anniversary. The 2014 honorees are: ■ Dorothy Caldwell, SNA Past President (1993-94), Director of Child Nutrition (Retired), Arkansas Department of Education, Deputy Administrator for Special Nutrition Programs (Retired), U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services ■ Margo Frazier, Supervisor of Operations, Sheldon (Texas) Independent School District ■ Sandi Kramer, Nutrition Director, Yankton (S.D.) School District ■ Joanne Terry, Administrative Assistant, Charlotte County (Fla.) Public Schools ■ Karen Watson, CNP Manager, Sylacauga High School, Sylacauga City (Ala.) Schools They will be recognized this month at the SNF 50th Anniversary Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes, on March 3, 2014, in Washington, D.C. Each of the honorees has made an impact on the lives of others in her school, district, community and/ or association, and has applied skills learned through involvement in SNA/SNF. They are praised as “role models,” “mentors,” “motivators,” “ideal association members” and “caregivers.” These Heroes have gone the extra mile in many ways, from coordinating a “Sack Pack” program to ensure low-income children have weekend meals to volunteering for the community rescue squad to revamping a state association scholarship program and much more. Professional Development Free and Convenient Classes Available Making time (and financial resources) available for training can be a challenge. But with so many changes occurring in school nutrition these days, you need all the help you can get to keep up! Now more than ever before, you should be checking out and taking advantage of the free online webinars offered every month by SNA. Featuring best practices, expert insights and the latest research, these educational opportunities will help you stay ahead of the game. Want marketing ideas? Need to understand more about food allergy management? Looking for guidance on new meal pattern requirements? It’s likely that SNA will offer—or has recently offered—a webinar that will address your needs. Need to meet your CEU requirements for SNA certification renewal? The Association’s webinars are a great way to earn these important credits. The Webinar Wednesdays series focuses on school nutrition-specific topics for a variety of audience segments, from district directors to managers, employees, state agency and industry. In addition, you can check out webinars that will explain about how to take advantage of SNA member benefits. Upcoming webinars scheduled for the spring include presentations on the new Community Eligibility Provision, breakfast in the classroom, developing a solid menu cycle and more. Real-time participation allows you to ask questions of speakers, but if the timing is inconvenient, you can access the archived webinars when it suits your schedule best. Keep in mind that the calendar is updated frequently, so bookmark www.schoolnutrition. org/webinars and visit frequently so you don’t miss out on the topic that you need to hear right now. SNA Meetings & Events MARCH 2–5, 2014 Legislative Action Conference Washington, D.C. MARCH 3–7, 2014 National School Breakfast Week MAY 2, 2014 School Lunch Hero Day MAY 5-9, 2014 School Nutrition Employee Week MAY 21–22, 2014 Spring Industry Boot Camp National Harbor, Md. JULY 12–16, 2014 Annual National Conference Boston, Mass. OCTOBER 13–17, 2014 National School Lunch Week JANUARY 11–13, 2015 School Nutrition Industry Conference Phoenix, Ariz. ANC 2014 Be Rewarded for Making History How did you make history in your school or district this year? SNA wants to hear about the achievements that make you and your staff most proud! In return, you could win one of three full registrations to the 2014 Annual National Conference in Boston. Entry submissions are only limited to something special that you and your staff accomplished this year. Perhaps you introduced brand-new salad bars to your cafeteria or came up with a fantastic healthy recipe that the students love. Or maybe your triumphs were more along the lines of professional development—did you come up with an innovative fundraiser to send team members to ANC or develop an engaging way to train staff? Enter online at www.schoolnutrition.org/ancsweeps before April 30, 2014, for a chance to win. The sweepstakes is open to school nutrition professionals at any level who are 18 years or older, employed by a school district or school nutrition operation and fully complete the entry process. One entry per person; void where prohibited or restricted by law. No purchase necessary. For complete rules and details, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/ancsweeps.
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