ANC 2016 Will You Answer the Call (for Proposals)? SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC) in Salt Lake City just concluded a few short weeks ago, however, SNA leaders and staff are already hard at work preparing for next year’s 70th ANC! Be sure to mark your calendar now—block off July 10-13, 2016—to ensure there will be no conflict to keep you from joining thousands of your peers in San Antonio, Texas! In order to ensure this premier national event continues to provide the most dynamic educational offerings that meet the widest variety of operator needs, the ANC 2016 Program Planning Committee invites you to share your expertise and experience with the school nutrition community. Each year, education sessions, poster presentations, culinary demonstrations, section meetings and pre-conference workshops focus on an array of school nutrition strategies, initiatives, trends, achievements and issues. Your assistance is invaluable as we plan for next summer’s exciting program. There are many benefits of presenting at ANC, including pre- and post-event promotion to more than 56,000 SNA members, onsite access to the events and networking opportunities of the conference and your contribution to furthering the education and development of school nutrition professionals. To submit your proposal for consideration, complete the “Call for Proposals” application, available now, exclusively online at www.schoolnutrition.org/CFP. Please note, proposals will be accepted only through October 2, 2015. For questions, please contact SNA at (800) 877-8822 or email@example.com. About SNA SNA’s Year in Review Within the pages of SNA’s 2014-15 Annual Report you’ll find an overview of the last 12 months and how the Association’s leadership and staff have leveraged the organization’s collective continue our long history in making a difference in the health and well-being of the nation’s school children. Formatted in a new eye-catching design to highlight the most important achievements, the Annual Report is a quick but important read that is sure to leave you proud to be a national member. Review SNA’s successful advocacy and public awareness efforts and how the grassroots involvement of so many individual members has helped to clarify key messages about the operational realities of school cafeterias. Learn about the organization’s response to the new Professional Standards regulation and how it has taken steps to realign its education programming and Certificate/Credentialing programs ever more closely with the federal rule. Take note of membership increases, communications improvements, awards, bold changes to SNA’s infrastructure and much more. It was a year for the history books. The Report is now available online at SchoolNutrition.org. Visit “About SNA” to access a downloadable PDF. Share it with prospective members, school administrators and other community stakeholders, to show the important work SNA does to help its members engage, energize and excel every day in America’s schools. Publications SNA’s E-newsletters Receive Accolades Earlier this summer, SNA’s portfolio of e-newsletters was honored by the Awards for Publication Excellence (APEX) for being “Most Improved.” The APEX 2015 awards were based on excellence in graphic design, editorial content and success of the entry in achieving overall communications effectiveness and excellence. SNA’s slate of e-newsletters include SN Direct, a biweekly digest of top news stories posted on SchoolNutrition.org; Tuesday Morning, a weekly overview of legislative news affecting the profession; and Industry Insider, a monthly look at news affecting the K-12 school nutrition industry segment. In 2014, SNA’s web team undertook a redesign of these three newsletters to streamline their design, content and overall effectiveness in relating important messages to SNA’s members. For more information about the APEX Awards, as well as a full list of winners, visit www.apexawards.com. With SNA’s family of e-newsletters (which also includes the daily SNA SmartBrief digest of media clips related to school nutrition), you’ll always have the latest developments facing the school nutrition profession sent directly to your email in-box. Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/newsletters to subscribe to these free resources and to access the archives of previous issues. Procurement Resource Tap Into SN Marketplace Perhaps you missed SNA’s Annual National Conference Exhibit Hall last month in Salt Lake City, or you were at the event, identified a terrific product, but can’t quite remember the vendor’s name. Well, never fear—a great online solution is here! In fact, one-stop shopping never looked better or performed more easily! SN Marketplace is the premier online product search tool for school nutrition professionals. This valuable resource, developed for SNA and its members, is designed to help you locate the particular vendor, product or service solution that you need for your K-12 school nutrition operation. In a busy, fast-paced foodservice environment, convenience is key. SN Marketplace delivers, with several search features that will help you find exactly what you seek. Search by basic keywords or perform advanced searches based on city/category, company/contact name and radius/category. You can also browse by category and check out highlighted items in the Product Showcase. Enter your specific needs into the “Request for Information” feature and you’ll be provided with a private, personalized response delivered directly to your email inbox. Tap into the incredible network of SNA’s industry partners through the SN Marketplace, and find just what you need through the Association you trust. Start your search today at www.snmarketplace.com or access this resource through the “Other SNA Websites” tab at the top of the SchoolNutrition.org homepage. Wellness Program Team Up for STEPS Success! Now beginning its fourth year, and still made available with support from Jennie-O Turkey Store, STEPS, the Association’s personal wellness program is popular membership benefit, with more than 6,000 fans who have signed up since its inception. There are so many great things about STEPS! For one, it’s absolutely free, and it’s easy to get started. Once you register, you can access numerous health resources, including recipes, fitness ideas, mental wellness tips and more. Participate in monthly challenges and you have the opportunity to win prizes. (And who doesn’t like prizes!?) Breaking bad habits and starting new ones is always easier when you do it with a buddy, and a new school year may be the perfect opportunity to take a team approach to STEPS, partnering with coworkers, your SNA chapter, friends or family members. By taking a team approach, you gain more motivation by working toward a common goal! And like the great creativity you apply to your school nutrition operation, you are sure to have equally wonderful ideas to motivate yourself and your team members to make small changes that can make a world of difference in your overall health! As a group, you may want to identify a specific “Wellness Champion,” who will motivate your team, organize activities and reward participants. Here are a few additional ideas to get the STEPS ball rolling: • Use Available Resources. Does your school site have fitness facilities? If not, do you have access to such at another district location? Consider using a school track, weight room or other athletic facilities to exercise together as a group. • Join organized events. Is a local fundraising walk or race planned in your community? Sign up and participate as a team. • Capitalize on group discounts. Check with a local health club—will they offer discounts if you can sign up a prescribed number of participants? Review Groupon and other online discounters for fitness-based activities that your group can do together, including guided nature walks, kayak trips, dance events and so on. • Provide Encouragement and Rewards. Share success stories and promote them beyond your group to the school community! Be sure to recognize the efforts of your Wellness Champions. It promises to be another exciting year for STEPS, with all new monthly challenges, tips, conference events and more cool prizes. September’s challenge focuses on walking and October encourages participants to reach for fruit instead of candy and treats in the lead-up to Halloween. Make this school year your healthiest yet! Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/steps to learn more or to get started. National School Lunch Week Win With School Lunch Snapshots This year’s National School Lunch Week (NSLW) theme, “School Lunch Snapshot,” is all about embracing photo-sharing as one of the very best ways to convey the message that today’s school lunches are healthy, appetizing and feature whole grains plus plenty of fruits and veggies! Are you ready to whip out your cameras and smartphones during NSLW 2015 (October 12-16, 2015)? Capture the spirit of school lunch: healthy foods, smiling faces, creative innovations, friendly staff and balanced trays. These snapshots are a win/win for everyone—and participating in this annual observance can help your program in ways you may have never imagined. According to a 2013 survey of SNA members, 73% said recognizing NSLW helps them achieve their goals and more than 80% reported that it helps them increase participation. Celebrating NSLW—especially with social media photo-sharing—also allows you to spread key messages to parents and media, while connecting with teachers and administrators in your school and district. Now, there is yet another great reason to celebrate this special week: the NSLW Photo Contest! During the entire month of October, you can submit your best school lunch snapshot for a chance to win a special prize pack. SNA members can submit one best photo (one entry per person) and enter it into one of the following categories: lunch tray presentation (complete/reimbursable tray), food art and style, staff members at work and serving line presentation and layout. One winner will be selected in each category. Photos will be judged by a panel of food photography and marketing experts. The winning photos will be published on SchoolNutrition.org, SNA’s Facebook page and as part of next spring’s NSLW recap article in School Nutrition. So, get snappy! NSLW is right around the corner. For ideas and tools to help plan your NSLW celebration, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/NSLW2015. For more details about the NSLW Photo Contest, including official content rules, navigate to www.schoolnutrition.org/NSLW2015/photocontest. SNA Meetings & Events OCTOBER 12-16, 2015 National School Lunch Week JANUARY 17-19, 2016 School Nutrition Industry Conference San Diego FEBRUARY 28-MARCH 1, 2016 Legislative Action Conference Washington, D.C. MARCH 7-11, 2016 National School Breakfast Week APRIL 20-22, 2016 National Leadership Conference Baltimore MAY 6, 2016 School Lunch Hero Day JULY 10-13, 2016 Annual National Conference San Antonio, Texas
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