Ruby Reader Ruby’s on the Move! School Nutrition’s beloved mascot, Ruby Reader, has been spotted all over the United States since the “Where’s Ruby Roaming?” contest began in November 2015. From helping plan school meal menus to cooking up her own special nutritious creations, she’s been having fun with SNA members across the country. If Ruby hasn’t been spotted in your school yet, there is still time to participate and be eligible for the special prize drawing. All entries must be received by School Nutrition no later than Friday, January 29. Here’s how to enter: Cut out the full-page Ruby in School Nutrition’s November 2015 issue. Tape her to a piece of cardboard or run her through a laminating machine, so that she does not tear with handling. Take pictures that include Ruby! Send us your pictures via email or “snail mail.” No official entry form is required, but to be eligible for the prize drawing, at least one photo must be submitted with the following information included/attached: Name, school/district, preferred mailing address, email address, phone number, brief photo description and a few sentences about what you like most or find most helpful about reading School Nutrition. Email your photos and entry details to email@example.com or mail your photo (printed on photographic paper only) along with entry details to: Where’s Ruby Roaming? School Nutrition , 120 Waterfront Street, Suite 300, National Harbor, MD 20745. Don’t let the fun pass you by! For official rules and requirements, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/snmagazine/rubyroamingcontest. Professional Development Learn to Succeed at ANC 2016 Learn. Lead. Succeed—that’s the name of the game at SNA’s 70th Annual National Conference (ANC) in San Antonio, Texas. More than just a conference theme, those three words epitomize how every aspect of ANC is structured, so our valued members can make the most of their ANC experience and succeed to their fullest potential in school nutrition. While July may seem far off, ANC will be here before you know it. So start planning for this time to join thousands of colleagues, peers and industry partners from across the country—to reinvigorate your school nutrition career! Pencil in the dates July 10-13, 2016, with preconference education sessions available on July 9. Keep an eye out for the ANC Program Preview, which will be included in the March issue of School Nutrition . It will include all the details about this year’s professional development offerings, keynote speakers, section meetings and, of course, the always-popular final event concert. You’ll also find conference logistics, hotel and travel information. Not sure if you can fit this year’s event in your budget? In 100 characters or less, tell us how ANC helps you learn, lead and succeed to earn a chance to win one of three free registrations to the biggest and best networking and professional development opportunity in the nation. Enter online at www.schoolnutrition.org/ANCSweeps. The sweepstakes opens in mid-January and closes March 31. Stayed tuned to SchoolNutrition.org for all the latest news and details about ANC 2016 in San Antonio, Texas. STEPS Challenge Dream Big, Set a Goal! Happy New Year! January has a way of sneaking up on you, and as the hands of time move forward, it’s important to set goals that will help you healthfully navigate through the year. This month, SNA’s wellness program encourages you to set a realistic resolution you can keep—pick one healthy habit you’d like to embrace in 2016! Maybe it’s cutting out fast food, bringing lunch instead of going out to eat or squeezing in a daily walk. It’s up to you; the important thing is to set a goal and follow through. (Think of goals as dreams with deadlines!) You’ll earn two points for each day you embrace your new habit. Tally up your points and when you reach 50, you will be eligible to receive a special wellness prize at the end of the 2015-16 challenge. For tips on how to score points on the remaining STEPS Challenges of 2016, see page 48. Additionally, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/STEPS to learn more about the STEPS Challenge and to start meeting your healthy goals. Future Leaders Program Are You a Future Leader? Perhaps you know someone with demonstrated leadership qualities who is committed to life-long learning and a career in school nutrition that defines you—or someone else in your school, district, state or region—SNA needs this passion, skills and commitment. Held in conjunction with SNA’s annual National Leadership Conference, April 21-23, 2016, in Minneapolis, the Future Leaders Program provides hands-on training to rising stars in 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 2016 class of the SNA Future Leaders Program will be accepted from state associations until February 26. 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. Professional Development Why Not Webinars? Why make time for webinars? Because SNA’s webinars are one of the best—and easiest!—ways to expand your professional knowledge. From the convenience of a computer in your office, school or home, you are instantly connected to noted experts in school nutrition with solutions to problems you struggle to address. In one hour, you will get answers, learn something new or improve your understanding of a complex subject. SNA’s popular professional development webinars series—Talk Tuesdays and Webinar Wednesdays—are offered at no cost to SNA members and, in certain cases, you’ll earn CEUs for your participation. Unable to attend an eye-catching session in real time? No problem! You can access SNA’s online Webinar Archives (www.school nutrition.org/webinar/archives) to retrieve the valuable information presented. Even though you will have missed the opportunity to ask questions during the session, presenters usually offer contact information to share their insights upon request. Why webinars? Perhaps the real question you should be asking is “Why not webinars?” For more information on upcoming SNA webinars and to access the archives, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/webinars. SNA Meetings & Events 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 21-23, 2016 National Leadership Conference Minneapolis MAY 6, 2016 School Lunch Hero Day JULY 10-13, 2016 Annual National Conference San Antonio, Texas OCTOBER 10-14, 2016 National School Lunch Week
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