School Lunch Hero Day There Are Heroes Among Us There are many moving pieces involved in making school lunch “happen” each day for millions of students. It takes a real team! Make time to recognize all their efforts on School Lunch Hero Day (SLHD), Friday, May 6, 2016! This celebratory occasion occurs during School Nutrition Employee Week (May 2-6, 2016), and it is the perfect opportunity to showcase the school nutrition professionals who make a difference in the cafeteria. You’ll find celebration tools and inspiring ideas to show your gratitude on SNA’s website at www.schoolnutrition.org/SLHD, as well as exclusive SLHD merchandise from SNA’s Emporium. Consider extending your appreciation by giving employees the gift of SNA membership —a reward that will pay off all year long! Once again, SNA has partnered with Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author of the “Lunch Lady” book series, and Random House.Stay tuned to SNA’s website for details about a special webinar with Krosoczka. Additionally, you could win “Lunch Lady” books for your school when you help recruit new members May 1-31. Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/SLHD/MembershipDrive tolearn more. Saying “thank you” and show your appreciation! Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/SLHD today to begin plans for your SLHD celebration. SNA Election The Votes Are In Members of SNA have spoken, casting their ballots in the annual election for the Association’s top leadership positions. The winning candidates for the Board of Directors will be installed this summer during SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC) in San Antonio, Texas. The elected Leadership Development Committee members will serve a two-year term, which began on March 1, 2016. SNA congratulates the following candidates for their election to the Association’s Board of Directors and Leadership Development Committee, and thanks all the candidates for their enthusiasm and commitment to serve the national Association. SNA BOARD OF DIRECTORS Vice President • Gay Anderson, SNS, South Dakota Secretary/Treasurer • Debbi Beauvais, RDN, CDN, SNS, New York Northeast Regional Director • Gail Koutroubas, Massachusetts Northwest Regional Director • Kaye Wetli, SNS, Washington At Large Directors* • Lori Adkins, SNS, Michigan • Mark Bordeau, New York • Lilly Bouie, PhD, Arkansas School Nutrition Employee/Manager Representative • Donna Myers, Florida SNA LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE Mideast Region Representative • Karen Bissett, Michigan Midwest Region Representative • Mary Betlach, Minnesota Southeast Region Representative • June Barrett, SNS, Alabama West Region Representative • Robert Lewis, PhD, SNS, California *In order to implement the governance changes approved last July at ANC, and the bylaw provisos for the Board transition, the At Large Directors’ terms are based on the number of votes received. The candidate who received the highest number of votes will serve three years, the candidate who received the second-highest number of votes will serve two years and the candidate with the third-highest number of votes will serve one year. Wellness Sleep, Sweet Sleep With only two more months left in SNA’s 2015-16 STEPS Challenge, you’ll want as much energy as possible for a strong finish! And more energy comes with a good night’s sleep. Did you know that the National Sleep Foundation recommends 7-9 hours of sleep for adults per night? How many do you average? The April STEPS Challenge urges you to strive for more sleep. Between jobs, stress, caffeine, family schedules and obligations, squeezing in enough time for sleep can be hard…but it’s so important! Sleep affects how well you think, react, work, learn and get along with others. By getting enough quality sleep, you can help protect your physical and mental health, quality of life and safety. In April, give yourself two points for each morning you wake up after getting at least 6 hours of sleep. Keep track of your zzzs (using the handy STEPS tracking sheet available online), and when you earn 50 points, you can submit your points online to be entered in the prize drawing. For more information about the STEPS Challenge, SNA’s personal wellness program, made possible with the support of Jennie-O Turkey Store, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/STEPS. ANC16 LESSON PLANS SNA’s Annual National Conference offers inspiring keynote speakers, innovative products on display and networking with old friends and new. But it’s the vast array of educational offerings that makes this the singular, don’t-miss event of the year! When you LEARN, you will gain the skills you need to LEAD, ensuring that you SUCCEED in raising the school nutrition bar. Among the 100+ sessions on the agenda in San Antonio this summer are several scalding-hot, cutting-edge topics, including: • NEW PROCUREMENT PRIORITIES “Understanding Clean Label Trends,” “Beyond Local: Making Ethical Purchasing Decisions,” “Matching Menus to the Seasons • REACHING ACROSS THE GENERATIONS “Harness Millennial Power in Your Cafeteria,” “How to Motivate and Engage Gen Z,” “How to Feed the Teenage Brain,” “Tempting Teens to Eat School Breakfast” • CREATIVE CULINARY CONCEPTS “Powering Up With Plant-Strong Programs,” “Produce Isn’t Just for Side Dishes,” What’s Shaking in Schools? Best Practices for Reducing Sodium in School Meals,” “Extreme Makeover: Updating Pre-Plated Meals” • APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY “Eat This AND That: Popular Pairings Get Eaten, Not Trashed,” “Food Psychology: Why We Eat More Than We Think,” “Emotional Intelligence: The Other Kind of Smart,” “Smarter Lunchrooms Techniques: Increase Veggie Consumption” PLUS… In addition to conducting more than 15 education sessions and hosting several booths in the Exhibit Hall, USDA will staff a special Help Desk located in the Marketplace, with representatives available to answer your specific questions. SNA Meetings & Events 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 JANUARY 20-24, 2017 School Nutrition Industry Conference Orlando, Fla. APRIL 2-4, 2017 Legislative Action Conference Washington, D.C. MARCH 6-10, 2017 National School Breakfast Week ANNUAL NATIONAL CONFERENCE Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/ANC2016 for descriptions of all these sessions, plus dozens more! Each have been selected to help you meet your annual training hours for USDA Professional Standards. Be sure to check out the Speaker Spotlight series to meet some of the top experts and dynamic presenters who will be featured in San Antonio. www.schoolnutrition.org/ANC2016
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