PUBLIC AWARENESS SPREAD THE WORD...YOU HELP KIDS SUCCEED! In October’s “What’s Cooking @ SNA,” we filled you in on SNA’s new public awareness campaign that seeks to address three goals: to position school meals as critical to the education environment, student health and performance; to promote and celebrate school nutrition professionals; and to change perceptions/stereotypes about school meals and school nutrition professionals. As part of the campaign, SNA continues to develop new resources for you—our members—to share and use to help spread the word about the power of school meals and the heroes that serve them to help kids succeed. Have you accessed any of the great resources available at www.schoolnutrition.org/PRCampaign? Some of these are exclusive to SNA members and new tools continue to be added! For example, a new graphic-based animated video has been posted; it brings the messages of the campaign to life in a dynamic way. The video is also available on YouTube, which allows you to share it to social media, embed it on your own web pages or email it to stakeholders in your community. Other “shareable content” is added regularly so that you can refresh your messages often and tie them to seasonal events. The examples above are perfect for posting this month! Be sure you bookmark this SNA webpage (www.schoolnutrition.org/PRCampaign) and check back periodically for updates. Let’s spread the word that school nutrition professionals serve more than food! You serve better concentration, improved test scores and delicious, nutritious meals to more than 30 million kids each day. SNA PLANNER JAN. 22-24, 2017 School Nutrition Industry Conference Orlando, Fla. MAR. 6-10, 2017 National School Breakfast Week APR. 2-4, 2017 Legislative Action Conference Washington, D.C. MAY 4-6, 2017 National Leadership Conference Baltimore, Md. MAY 5, 2017 School Lunch Hero Day JULY 9-12, 2017 Annual National Conference Atlanta, Ga. OCT. 9-13, 2017 National School Lunch Week SN LEADERS SNA Remembers Tami Cline SNA MOURNS THE UNTIMELY PASSING OF TAMI J. CLINE, PHD, RD, SNS, on November 4, 2016, in Colorado Springs, Colo., following a struggle with chronic illness. She was 57. Cline was a notable figure in K-12 school nutrition for most of her adult life. She served as a district director in Brookline, Massachusetts, before joining the SNA Headquarters staff in 1993 as Director of Nutrition & Education, a brand-new position she shaped until departing in 1997. Subsequently, Cline held marketing positions with the National Dairy Council and Schwan’s Food Service before establishing her own independent consulting firm. She worked closely with operators and industry alike to promote best practices in school nutrition. She was a sought-after speaker and expert on a range of topic areas. In 2005, she received SNA’s Individual Industry Member of the Year award. SNA CEO Patricia Montague, CAE, reflected on the legacy her former colleague and long-time friend leaves on the school nutrition community: “Tami embodied a collaborative spirit, always seeking ways to bring people together to develop exciting projects and initiatives to help advance the profession. Her contributions will live on, but she will be deeply missed.” Contributions can be made to the School Nutrition Foundation in Cline’s honor. SNA EMPORIUM TREAT YOUR STAFF... OR YOURSELF! At this especially festive time of year, you may be thinking of ways to show your appreciation for your hard-working staff with a token of gratitude. Because who doesn’t like a little gift every now and then!? Something special to take the mind away from the “busy-ness” of the day and prompt a smile. But what should you buy that special school foodservice colleague?! Look no further! SNA’s Emporium has an abundance of great school nutrition gifts and treats just perfect to make someone’s day! From coffee cups and T-shirts to aprons, bags and pins, there is something for every person on your list—including you! Visit http://emporium.schoolnutrition.org to peruse the extensive inventory of great merchandise and take advantage of year-end discounts on many popular items. PUBLICATIONS Is JCN&M on Your Must-Read List? ATTENTION SCHOOL NUTRITION READERS: Are you taking advantage of SNA’s Journal of Child Nutrition & Management (JCN&M) to provide valuable research for your school nutrition program? This free online publication is designed to disseminate research findings and other relevant information applicable to you—in the areas of K-12 foodservice facilities, food quality and production, management, program evaluation, nutrition standards and nutrition education. Published biannually, the Fall issue of JCN&M is now available. Highlighted articles include the following: • Administrative and School Nutrition Perspectives of Salad Bar Operations in Public Schools; • School Nutrition Employees’ Perceptions of Farm to School (FTS) Activities Differ Based on Management Type and FTS Participation Length; • How Nutritious Are Children’s Packed School Lunches? A Comparison of Lunches Brought From Home and School Lunches; and • Research Abstracts from the 2016 School Nutrition Research & Best Practices Showcase; Bookmark the JCN&M page on your computer, and give yourself the insider advantage when it comes to accessing school nutrition-specific research you can use to make changes—or make the case for change! Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/JCNM to read the current issue and access the archives. STEPS CHALLENGE Small Steps... BIG Leaps! “I think in terms of the day’s resolutions, not the year’s.” This quote is attributed to English sculptor Henry Moore, and while you may not be familiar with his work, you may agree it’s a worthwhile way to approach life, and certainly very apropos for the first STEPS Challenge of 2017. That’s because in January, SNA’s personal wellness program, made possible with support from Jennie-O Turkey Store, challenges you to break down one health/wellness goal into small manageable steps (i.e. pledge to meet a daily resolution, not a yearlong one). Maybe it is drinking an extra glass of water each day, taking 100 more steps, adding one more fruit or vegetable to your daily meals or setting an earlier bedtime. The choice is up to you! As you read this, the winter holidays are in full swing. We hope you’re enjoying all of the season’s festivities and heeding the STEPS December mission to destress your seasonal activities and put the “happy” back in “Happy Holidays.” It may also help clear your thoughts and allow you to brainstorm ideas for how you would like to approach January’s challenge. Be sure you track your progress and upload the results online to be entered into the monthly prize drawing. Remember, your small steps will add up to BIG leaps in your journey to better health and wellness. Make 2017 a healthful one—visit www.schoolnutrition.org/STEPS to get started!
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