SNIC 2015 Grow With Change Management Change is inevitable—it’s a mantra that’s certainly true these days for school nutrition professionals and industry representatives. How will you succeed in the face of organizational change? It’s all about collaboration and partnership, key elements that together offer a solid framework for tackling the challenges that foodservice professionals experience each and every day. These business tactics are the focus of SNA’s 2015 School Nutrition Industry Conference (SNIC), which will take place in beautiful Phoenix, at the Arizona Grand Hotel. The early bird deadline, November 7, 2014, is coming up quickly, so don’t miss your chance to take advantage of discounted rates! This year’s theme, “Change is inevitable… Growth is optional,” will focus on the impact of organizational change and how it affects both school nutrition operations and the food industry. Lively discussions and dialogue will bring conference attendees together to network, brainstorm, innovate and grow. Business expert and popular SNIC 2014 keynote speaker Ira Blumenthal will serve as the overall conference facilitator, bringing his wealth of expertise as a veteran consultant for corporate America. Blumenthal and each of SNIC’s captivating presenters will provide details of their own varied experience in foodservice and other successful businesses, offering unique approaches to making organizational change work for you. These include Kat Cole, president of Cinnabon, Inc.; Andre (Andy) Revella, a leader in the “green” restaurant movement; Laura Turner Seydel, chairperson of Captain Planet Foundation; W.E. (Chris) Lowe, former president of The Coca- Cola Company (North America Foodservice) and Gary Coltek, senior director/chef de cuisine of Kennesaw State University. New on the SNIC program this year are breakout education sessions dedicated to key school nutrition issues. From keeping district programs financially stable to successfully meeting new regulatory mandates, SNIC’s educational offerings will allow you to meet these and other challenges head-on with renewed energy and inspiration. Newly introduced Thought Exchange sessions will allow operators and industry representatives to participate in small-group meetings to discuss shared challenges and discover solutions. To learn more about SNIC 2015 and to register, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/snic. NSLW Submit Your Lunch Week Wrap-Ups! Cafeterias across the country scored big-time with National School Lunch Week (NSLW), celebrated October 13-17, 2014. Did your school take advantage of football season or the World Series for relevant cafeteria promotions? Did you invite sports nutritionists in to talk to budding athletes about the importance of a healthy diet? Did the cafeteria staff dress up in sports gear to serve lunch? No matter how big or small your celebration was, School Nutrition wants to hear all about it. Submit a recap of your NSLW celebrations, and you could appear in the pages of the magazine in the official NSLW recap in the April 2015 issue. Don’t forget to include your high-resolution photos, so we can see your smiling faces! For the greatest chance of appearing in the magazine, submit each standalone photo as a JPEG, rather than as a collage or in a Word document. E-mail your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it to NSLW Recap, School Nutrition, 120 Waterfront St., Suite 300, National Harbor, MD 20745. Don’t forget to include the names and staff titles of each person who appears in the photo, as well as the name of your school, school district and town/city. SNA Election Cast Your Vote! It’s time once again to assume your role in shaping the future of school nutrition. Each and every vote cast in the election for the next generation of SNA leaders makes a difference, so think carefully about whom you want representing you and your colleagues in the coming years. The winners of this year’s election will serve on the 2015-17 SNA Board of Directors and Nominating Committee, with the installation to take place at SNA’s 69th Annual National Conference, July 12-15, 2015, in Salt Lake City. Voting will be conducted through SNA’s website from October 15 to November 15, 2014. For details about how to vote, as well as biographies of all the candidates, and interviews with those vying for vice president, log on to www.schoolnutrition.org/snaelection. Publications Make Your Case With Research Recently, SNA released two research reports that are chock-full of useful trends and data that you can apply in improving cafeteria operations and changing public misperceptions about school meals. In fact, after you finish this month’s article about the value of applying data of all kinds to your business decisions (“Get Into the Numbers Game” on page 26), consider obtaining both of these valuable reports as a way to get started. The School Nutrition Operations Report 2014: The State of School Nutrition benchmarks operational practices and policies of school nutrition programs, tracking numerous trends over several years. The 100+-page report includes information on meal prices, participation rates, breakfast programs, menu items, a la carte service, procurement practices, nutrition education initiatives and much more. How does your operation compare? Findings are broken out by geography and district size. To purchase a copy of the complete report, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/Publications/Bookstore. The School Nutrition Trends Survey 2014 identifies the top school nutrition trends and challenges expected for SY 2014-15. With data collected by attendees at SNA’s Annual National Conference, the report highlights cost/revenue changes, plate waste trends and the anticipated impact of the next phase of nutrition standards. Did you know that 43% of survey participants are anticipating a decrease in overall revenue, with 10% anticipating a “strong decrease”? These details can be helpful in making the case for change with legislators, administrators, parents and the media. To access the results of the Trends Survey, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/research. Wellness Walk on With STEPS Walking seems like such a simple activity that it hardly counts as exercise, right? But the mere act of walking for a sustained period of time can help strengthen your bones, improve balance, maintain a healthy weight and improve your mood. The key is to walk more than your normal daily routine requires. For the month of October, the STEPS Challenge wants you to add walking to your daily schedule. For every 30 minutes you walk, award yourself five points; find the STEPS tracking sheet online at www.schoolnutrition.org/STEPS. At the end of the month, if you have earned 50 points, upload your points on the STEPS website by November 5. Those who do so will be entered to win an herbal tea sampler pack—which could be helpful for December’s “Stress-Less Holiday” challenge! Learn more about the STEPS Challenge, including upcoming monthly challenges and information about the grand prize, at www.schoolnutrition.org/STEPS. SNA Meetings & Events OCTOBER 13–17, 2014 National School Lunch Week JANUARY 11–13, 2015 School Nutrition Industry Conference Phoenix MARCH 1–4, 2015 Legislative Action Conference Washington, D.C. MARCH 2–6, 2015 National School Breakfast Week MAY 1, 2015 School Lunch Hero Day MAY 4–8, 2015 School Nutrition Employee Week JULY 12–15, 2015 Annual National Conference Salt Lake City
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