STEPS CHALLENGE I YAM WHAT I YAM How many times did your mother urge you to “eat your vegetables” at dinner? She knew what she was talking about. There is no debate that eating a good portion of vegetables with your meal provides many of the nutrients you need for a healthier, more energetic you. Not convinced? Just ask Popeye, whose strength came from eating spinach, which packs a mighty punch in restoring energy, increasing vitality and improving the quality of your blood. A recent survey found that only one in four American adults consume their recommended 2-3 cups of vegetables every day. Only one in 10 teenagers hit the target. What can you do to get your family members to eat more vegetables? Start by being a good role model and eating more yourself! SNA’s STEPS Challenge is here to help, and February’s goal is to add more vegetables to your diet. From asparagus to zucchini, there are many ways to add (or disguise) the taste of vegetables in meals. Try adding spinach to a smoothie or omelet, sweet potatoes to a casserole, carrots to puree and chopped mushrooms to ground beef recipes. Whatever you do, award yourself one point each time you consume one serving of vegetables. Made available with support from the Jennie-O-Turkey Store, the STEPS Challenge is SNA’s personal wellness program, designed to provide small-step changes for greater health and happiness. Visit http://www.schoolnutrition.org/STEPS for details. Earn 50 points or more in February and submit these online by March 4 to be entered in the grand prize drawing for an all-expenses-paid trip to attend ANC 2017 in Atlanta, Ga. LAC17 Washington Bound? SNA’S ANNUAL LEGISLATIVE ACTION CONFERENCE (LAC) will be held in Washington, D.C., April 2-4. This is one month later than its customary schedule, affording registrants an opportunity to combine grassroots advocacy with the (weather-dependent) potential to visit the city’s famous cherry blossoms in full bloom. Returning to the J.W. Marriott in downtown D.C., this year’s LAC will feature a keynote presentation from John Meacham, a Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian and contributing editor to Time magazine. A USDA update and a “fireside chat” with Washington insiders familiar with agriculture and school nutrition issues are also slated, as is the fourth annual Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes, presented by the School Nutrition Foundation (see the January 2017 issue for a list of this year’s winners). Of course, the hallmark of this annual gathering is the annual “charge” to Capitol Hill; schedule appointments with your national lawmakers today! The LAC Early Bird rate expires after February 24. Visit http://www.schoolnutrition.org/LAC for more conference details, to register and receive access to SNA’s discounted hotel room block. SNA PLANNER 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 JAN. 21-23, 2018 School Nutrition Industry Conference New Orleans, La. IN MEMORIAM SNA Remembers Two Past Presidents SUE GREIG, 1927-2016 Bettie Sue Greig, who served as Association president in 1991-92 and held numerous senior leadership positions within the Kansas state affiliate, passed away December 5, 2016, in her home, at the age of 89. A registered dietitian and certified secondary school teacher, Greig placed an emphasis on nutrition integrity, professional development and marketing during her tenure as Association president. She began her professional career as a dietetic assistant in the student union at the University of Arkansas, and went on to hold separate positions teaching and then running the school meals operation for Unified School District 383 in Manhattan, Kan. Greig retired from the district in 1990, and during her Association presidency, served as an adjunct professor at Kansas State University. In Kansas, she led the way to establishing a licensing program for dietitians that ultimately passed the state legislature. Former Kansas Governor Joan Finney honored Greig for these and other achievements by establishing October 16, 1991, as Sue Greig Appreciation Day. She went on to earn many other awards from this Association and the then-named American Dietetic Association. NANCYE PERRY, 1929-2017 Nancye Butterworth Perry, who served as Association president in 1984-85, and was recognized by her colleagues as an accomplished and forward-looking dietitian, passed away January 1 at age 87. During her term, Perry successfully launched Operation AAPLES, a national public relations awareness campaign funded cooperatively by the Association, its state affiliates and industry. She also is credited with initiating train-the-trainer regional workshops and leading lobbying efforts in Congress to oppose Reagan Administration budget cuts for child nutrition programs. Perry began her career as a registered dietitian for Hartford Hospital in Connecticut. She advanced to become administrative dietitian for the hospital, before changing careers to lead the foodservices operation at Hartford Public Schools. She went on to work at the Connecticut Department of Education, serving as assistant director for the School Lunch and Nutrition division. As her career wound down, Perry served as a guest lecturer at many colleges and universities. SNA ANNUAL ELECTION Your Choice, Your Voice THE SNA ELECTION WILL TAKE PLACE THIS MONTH FOR A TWO-WEEK PERIOD: FEBRUARY 15-28. Members of the Association each have a responsibility to take a few minutes to review details about the candidates who have stepped up to serve and then cast your vote for those who will lead your organization. These leaders are charged with ensuring that SNA continues to meet your needs and priorities for professional development, advocacy in Washington, positive public awareness and so much more. Photos, biographies and goals of the 11 candidates for the SNA Board of Directors and Leadership Development Committee can be accessed at the Election portal page: http://www.schoolnutrition.org/snaelection. In addition, SNA Industry Members can find bios for the two candidates for Industry Advisory Council chair. Beginning February 15, the election will be conducted using a secure online voting website, also accessed via SNA’s Election page. Instructions on how to vote and details about eligibility are included. Don’t procrastinate or sit on the sidelines; mark your calendar to cast your vote before February 28! 2017-18 SNA BOARD OF DIRECTOR CANDIDATES Mideast Regional Director • Chris Derico, SNS Lewis County Schools, West Virginia • Tamara Earl, SNS Mason City Schools, Ohio Midwest Regional Director • Sandi Kramer, Yankton School District, South Dakota • Sandra Voss, SNS Marquardt School District, Illinois Southwest Regional Director • Lilly Bouie, PhD Little Rock School District, Arkansas • Monica Deines-Henderson, SNS, Falcon School District, Colorado At Large Director • Stephanie Bruce Palm Springs Unified School District, California • Stephanie Dillard, SNS Geneva County Schools, Alabama LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE CANDIDATES Northeast Regional Representative • Judy White, Wrentham Public Schools, Massachusetts Northwest Regional Representative • Ariane Shanley, South Kitsap Schools, Washington Southwest Region Representative • Kevin Ponce, SNS, Oklahoma City Public Schools, Oklahoma INDUSTRY ADVISORY COUNCIL CHAIR CANDIDATES • Mike Burke, SNS Vulcan/ITW/FEG • Michael Miller SMART Temps
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