meet beth glitt FOOD SERVICES SUPERVISOR » South-Western City Schools, Grove City, Ohio Q: How long have you been an SNA member, and what’s your favorite aspect of the school nutrition profession? A: 20+ years! My favorite aspect includes introducing children to foods they may not have available at home, enticing them to eat foods of a greater nutritional value. Q: What’s a top on-the-job memorable moment? A: One of my favorites happened in an elementary school two years ago. A little boy came through the line and, in a very boisterous manner, announced that he loved beans! All kinds of beans, but mostly the baked beans at school. He was so excited to discover he could have more than one serving. Q: What goal do you hope to attain in the next 5 to 10 years? A: I have devoted more than 30 years to school nutrition. That many years automatically puts retirement on the radar. I hope to be able to pass the leadership torch to someone that feels the same passion as I do. But when retirement arrives, I do not plan to sit back and take it easy—my retirement plan includes becoming a barista at Starbucks! Q: What do you do when you have an hour of free time? A: An hour of free time usually equals an hour of Pinterest! I focus on inspirational quotes. For fun, I look at all different types of tattoos—I think I must secretly want a tattoo! Q: Favorite vacation spot? A: Disney World in Orlando, Fla. The entertainment is top-notch, there’s cuisine from around the globe, with fresh, locally sourced food—my favorite is sold at the Coronado Springs Resort. I combine the quinoa with lime and gazpacho. They are great foods that provide energy that lasts all day—or at least until I get to Main Street in the Magic Kingdom for my favorite treat: chocolate-covered marshmallows! Also, one of my daughters is a cast member at Disney; she’s a restaurant guest service manager at the Grand Floridian. Q: What would people be surprised to learn about you? A: For most of my life, I have been overweight, maxing out in my late 20s with 100 extra pounds. Weight loss has been a lifelong journey for me. I feel like I have been on every diet plan known to mankind. I was successful many times with 20- and 30-lb. weight losses, but I never reached my true goal until about three years ago. It took more than one year to lose the last 50 pounds. I found my success with Weight Watchers. I loved the convenience of being able to track my food on my phone—I still log my food every day! Q: What’s your favorite meal? A: Any type of salmon with charred or grilled vegetables—Brussels sprouts with roasted garlic—and a glass of Sauvignon Blanc. Q: Do you also exercise? I have a strong commitment to exercise—nothing fancy, just fast-paced walking. My routine includes 3.5 miles, three to five days a week. My husband keeps me on the exercise path and has compelled me to join him in five 8-mile runs/walks around Mackinac Island in Michigan. My next fitness goal is to participate in a half-marathon.
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