SchoolNutrition.org New Website=Win, Win! SNA is pleased to announce it received a 2014 Gold MarCom Award for the successful redesign of SchoolNutrition.org. This prestigious international awards competition recognizes outstanding creative achievement by marketing and communication professionals. The MarCom Awards are judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals. This year’s competition featured more than 6,500 entries in 200+ categories from throughout the Unites States, Canada and 15 other countries. In a lengthy process begun in early 2013, the goal of the SchoolNutrition.org website redesign was to provide SNA members with a more visually appealing, user-friendly experience, while still providing access to the widest range of school nutrition information available. To accomplish this, SNA partnered with American Technology Services, Inc., a leader in website design and development. In July 2014, after 18 months of preparation, SNA proudly unveiled the new design and navigation for SchoolNutrition.org. Congratulations to the redesign team: Maria Robertson, staff vice president of communications; Julie Benyoussef, web content manager; and John Franklin, web specialist. Of course, the redesign is also a win for SNA members, parents, the media, the general public— anyone who visits SchoolNutrition.org and benefits from its many improvements. Have you checked it out? Visit www.schoolnutrition.org to take advantage of the most up-to-date information and resources available for K-12 school meal operations. STEPS Challenge New Year, Clean Slate Are you ready for a new year, and with it an opportunity for a fresh outlook on life? While some may dismiss the annual ritual of New Year’s resolutions, the concept of striving to make improvements in your life is always a good thing. A new year brings a clean slate, a blank page of sorts to begin anew. Use that clean slate to start a food journal! January’s STEPS Challenge encourages you to keep track of your eating habits. A food journal is an effective way to not only ensure you are paying attention and being honest about what you eat, but how different foods make you feel. It will spotlight the food types you may be missing and help you to plan basic meals and snacks in order to create a more balanced diet. To journal, you might use an app on your smartphone or a simple notebook where you jot down the information. The style of journal isn’t what’s important—it’s the commitment to look at your eating habits, so you can make better decisions and healthy changes. You’ll earn two points for each day you successfully record all that you ate via a food journal, and when you reach 50 points you will be eligible for the monthly prize: an iPod Shuffle! Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/STEPS to learn more about the STEPS Challenge and to start the New Year off on a healthy note! SNF SNF Heroes Shine On! For a second consecutive year, SNA and its philanthropic sister organization, the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF), are pleased to celebrate and recognize the above-and-beyond accomplishments of five School Nutrition Heroes. The award, introduced in 2014 on the occasion of SNF’s 50th anniversary, was designed to shine a much-deserved spotlight on the extraordinary efforts of ordinary SNA members. The 2015 honorees will be recognized at a special celebration on March 2, 2015, during the Legislative Action Conference (LAC) in Washington, D.C. They are: ■ Coletta-Hines Newell, Director of Food Services, Arlington Heights (Ill.) School District 25 ■ Jill Kidd, MS, RD, Director of Nutrition Services, Pueblo City (Colo.) Schools ■ Cathy Potter, Cafeteria Server/Helper, Maryville City (Tenn.) Schools ■ Robert Rusan, District Chef, Maplewood Richmond (Mo.) Heights School District ■ Nancy Younglove, Food Service Director, North Rose–Wolcott (N.Y.) Central Schools The selection committee had a difficult task identifying this year’s five recipients, reviewing 27 outstanding nominations representing 16 states and all of SNA’s seven regions. Each of the 2015 honorees has made a significant impact on the lives of others in their school, district, community and/or association, applying skills learned through involvement in SNA/SNF. They were described as “tireless,” “passionate,” “innovative” and “creative”—as well as “mentors” and “leaders.” These Heroes are making a difference every day, from training students in the kitchen, to leading state-level advocacy efforts and helping to feed and house the homeless. For more details about attending the 2015 SNF Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes on March 2, 2015, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/snf. Future Leaders Program Calling all Future Association Leaders Perhaps you know someone with demonstrated leadership qualities who is committed to life-long learning and a career in school nutrition? If that defines you—or someone else in your school, district, state or region—SNA needs your passion, skills and commitment. Held in conjunction with SNA’s annual National Leadership Conference, April 22-25, 2015, in San Diego, Calif., the Future Leaders Program provides hands-on training to rising stars in school nutrition and SNA’s chapters and state affiliates. Future leaders are given the opportunity to network with others from across the country, learn from seasoned SNA leaders in a fun and interactive environment and hone their leadership and communication skills. Nominations for the 2015 class of the SNA Future Leaders Program will be accepted from state associations until February 27, 2015. All nominees must be SNA members in good standing who currently hold a SNA Certificate in School Nutrition or the SNS credential. For more information, including how to nominate an emerging SNA leader, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/nlc or email StateSupport@schoolnutrition.org. Ruby Reader Ruby Roams a Little Longer Recognizing that the holidays make November and December exceedingly busy months for school nutrition professionals, School Nutrition has extended the deadline for its “Where’s Ruby Roaming?” contest to February 9, 2015. We want to be sure the many fans of the magazine and of Ruby Reader have time to participate—and be eligible for prizes! In addition, we’ve made a few other changes to the contest criteria. For example, are you too shy to appear with Ruby in a selfie photo? Ruby now can appear without you, but alongside kids in your cafeteria, other staff—even with menu items or on your serving line! Also, if you’ve found that your copy of School Nutrition is in one place and Ruby is in another, we no longer require you to have both elements in the photo. But we still need you to send us your photos and your entry form. Even that’s easy-breezy. Fill out the form and take a picture of it with your camera phone and e-mail both the form and your Ruby picture to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to check out www.schoolnutrition.org/snmagazineRoaming Ruby14 for sample photos, sample entry forms, a downloadable Ruby and all the details you need to tell us about Ruby’s adventures in your community! Don’t miss this fun and creative opportunity to show your peers around the country how much you love Ruby Reader and the great ideas you get from School Nutrition. EDUCATION Explore. Discover. Inspire. ANC. Every year, school nutrition operators learn firsthand why SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC) is also referred to as “The School Nutrition Event of the Year.” Will you make that discovery this year at the 69th ANC in Salt Lake City? It’s not too early to plan to join thousands of colleagues, peers and industry partners from around the country to “Explore. Discover. Inspire.” This is the perfect theme for this one-of-a-kind conference. Mark your calendars now for July 12-15, 2015, with preconference education sessions available on July 11. Look for all the details about specific educational offerings for this year’s event, keynote speakers, section meetings and the final event in the Program Preview that will be included in the March issue of School Nutrition. The preview also will feature conference logistics, hotel and travel information. Not sure if you can fit this year’s event in your budget? Tell us “your school nutrition story”—in just 10 words or less!—and you might win a free registration to ANC! Enter online at www.schoolnutrition.org/ANCSweeps. But don’t procrastinate, because the sweepstakes ends March 31, 2015. Be sure to check www.schoolnutrition.org/anc regularly for the latest news and details about ANC 2015 in Salt Lake City! SNA Certificate Program Celebrate Your Accomplishments Did you read the HQ View column in November? If so, you got an introduction to SNA’s Certificate in School Nutrition Program and discovered that earning your Level 1 SNA Certificate has never been easier—it takes just three steps! Have you begun the process? Or maybe you have your eye on Levels 2 or 3? SNA wants to help you celebrate whenever you reach one of these important educational milestones and has created a number of fun tools that allow you to share the great news with friends, coworkers and the students you serve. Promotional tools include a downloadable “button” to use on Facebook or other social media sites, as well as customizable cafeteria posters available in varying sizes. These even have room for a photo of the entire cafeteria team! Simply vsit www.schoolnutrition.org/Certificate/ToolsToPromote and let the celebration begin! To learn more about SNA’s Certificate in School Nutrition Program, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/certificate. SNA Meetings & Events 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 OCTOBER 12–16, 2015 National School Lunch Week SNA Governance The Results Are In Members of the School Nutrition Association have spoken, casting their ballots in the annual election for the Association’s top leadership positions. Voting took place online through SNA’s website between October 15 and November 15, 2014. Nine new members to the Board of Directors will be installed in July 2015; three members, representing different SNA regions, will join the Nominating Committee. The new Board will serve under the leadership of 2015-16 SNA President Jean Ronnei, SNS. VICE PRESIDENT Lynn Harvey, EdD, RDN, SNS North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, N.C. EDUCATION COMMITTEE CHAIR Kathy Burrill, SNS Chisago Lakes Area Schools, Minn. PUBLIC POLICY & LEGISLATION COMMITTEE CHAIR Doug Davis, SNS Burlington Schools, Vt. RESEARCH COMMITTEE CHAIR Beth Mincemoyer Egan, RD, SNS Pennsylvania State University, Pa. MIDEAST REGIONAL DIRECTOR Jessica Shelly, MBA, SNS Cincinnati Public Schools, Ohio MIDWEST REGIONAL DIRECTOR Lori Danella, SNS Lee’s Summit R-VII School District, Mo. SOUTHEAST REGIONAL DIRECTOR Reginald Ross North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, N.C. WEST REGIONAL DIRECTOR Angela Haney, SNS Los Lunas Schools, N.M. INDUSTRY REPRESENTATIVE Gary Vonck KeyImpact Sales & Systems, Ill. NEW NOMINATING COMMITTEE MEMBERS NORTHEAST Janice King, MED, RD, SNS Auburn School District, Mass. NORTHWEST Barbara Lloyd, RDN, SNS Edmonds School District #15, Wash. SOUTHWEST Connie Vogts Unified School District 480 Liberal School, Kan.
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