SNA PUBLICATIONS SN EXPRESS...EVERY WEEK, DIRECTLY TO YOU If you’re a subscriber of SN Direct, SNA’s biweekly e-newsletter, this month you’ll notice that it has a fresh, new look and name—and will be delivered to your inbox every week. If you’re not a subscriber, read on because we’re certain you’ll want to receive this revamped resource. Now titled SN Express, this e-newsletter from SNA features top news affecting the school nutrition profession, as well as information, opportunities and resources available to members from your national Association. The changes to its design and frequency position SN Express to be your primary digital news source, and therefore reduce the overall number of standalone reminder emails that you receive from SNA. SNA is working to meet the challenges of delivering the K-12 foodservice content you need in the method you want. With 57,000+ members, this is no easy task, as some people prefer print to digital and others value “push” emails over visiting the website—and vice versa! SNA will continue to apply new technologies to accommodate a wide array of preferences. SN Express is a resource developed in response to member feedback. To subscribe to SN Express, or for more information about SNA’s e-newsletters, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/newsletters. 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 NSBW Pretty as a Picture ARE YOU AND YOUR STUDENTS TAKING THE “SCHOOL BREAKFAST CHALLENGE” during National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) this month? For most readers, NSBW (March 6-10) will either be right upon you or just passed when you sit down with this issue—but that means it will be top of mind! School Nutrition wants to hear from you about how you celebrated this year. Did you decorate your cafeteria with NSBW posters, balloons, tablecloths or student artwork that highlights healthy foods and the importance of breakfast? Create a healthy breakfast bulletin board? Did you invite a local celebrity to eat breakfast with the students? How about teachers, the principal or other special guests? Many of you are doing wonderful things to use NSBW to promote awareness of breakfast. How did you meet the challenge of encouraging kids to eat school breakfast—and promoting this important meal program to parents, principals, teachers, the media and other community stakeholders? We want to hear from you. Please send SN your high-resolution photos and brief recaps of your NSBW activities to email@example.com and you may see your celebration featured in an upcoming issue of the magazine. STEPS CHALLENGE YOUNG AT HEART Is your biological age—how long you are expected to live—younger than your chronological age? Terry Grossman MD, the founder of Grossman Wellness Center, a Colorado-based consultancy, insists that an individual in their late fifties can have a body of someone in their mid-forties—if they make healthy choices every day. One of the healthiest things that you can do to slow down your body’s biological age is eat more whole grains. Research from the American Society for Nutrition concluded that eating a diet consisting of whole grains lowers the risk of several chronic diseases, such as coronary heart disease, diabetes and cancer. A focus on whole grains also contributes to improved body weight management and gastrointestinal health. Breakfast is a good place to start for improving your consumption of whole grains—and since March is our time to celebrate National School Breakfast Week, the STEPS Challenge this month is a perfect fit. Give yourself two points for every morning that you enjoy a nutritious breakfast featuring whole grains and fruit. Make things more interesting by trying new recipes you find in your favorite online and print cookbooks. Earn 50 points or more in March and submit to www.schoolnutrition.org/steps by April 4 to be entered in the grand prize drawing, where you could win an all-expenses-paid trip to attend ANC 2017 in Atlanta. Made available with support from Jennie-O Turkey Store, the STEPS Challenge is SNA’s personal wellness program, designed especially for Association members. Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/STEPS for more information. SCHOOL NUTRITION FOUNDATION Those Who Rose—and Those Who Will Rise NEXT MONTH’S 2017 CELEBRATION OF SCHOOL NUTRITION HEROES will honor five individuals who exemplify, through care and compassion, the dedication and drive to go way beyond their jobs in making a big difference in the lives of the children and communities they serve. Your attendance at this event not only celebrates their inspiring work, but it helps to lift up others in this Association, as the showcase fundraising event for the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF), SNA’s philanthropic sister organization. Humanitarian work comes naturally to school nutrition professionals who work hard to ensure hungry children are fed and all students have access to nutritious meals in a welcoming and engaging environment. Each year, the number of nominations for the Heroes Award grows, and each year, the winners are truly outstanding representatives of a giving profession: sheltering homeless families while they get back on their feet; acting as a catalyst for change toward improved student health and wellness; striving to end sex trafficking; working tirelessly to repurpose city land to create beautiful and productive green spaces; and volunteering for community anti-hunger organizations. Held during SNA’s Legislative Action Conference (LAC), the 2017 Celebration of Heroes will take place the evening of Monday, April 3, at the J.W. Marriott in Washington, D.C. Funds raised are used by SNF to provide professional development scholarships and other support to SNA members. To purchase tickets and learn more about the event and the honorees, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/SNHeroes Celebration. PUBLIC AWARENESS HOLY SCHOOL LUNCH HERO DAY, BATMAN! What do Batman, Superman, Spiderman and Lunch Lady all have in common? They are all superheroes! Lunch Lady is the creation of children’s author Jarrett J. Krosoczka, who has partnered with SNA to remind everyone in the community that school nutrition employees are true superheroes. In matching wits with villains who are intent on taking over the world (or the school), Lunch Lady turns to her sidekick, an array of James Bond-esque gadgetry and her winning attitude to rule the day. SNA’s cafeteria team members also prevail by adhering to federal nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies and offering service with a smile. School Lunch Hero Day 2017 is Friday, May 5, and with the help of Krosoczka’s Lunch Lady, SNA wants to get everybody involved in this special occasion that showcases the ways in which school nutrition professionals make a difference for each and every elementary, middle and high school student who comes through the cafeteria. Start planning for your school-or district-wide celebration today! SNA offers many resources to help you take advantage of this year’s School Lunch Hero Day campaign. Access proven ideas, download activity packs (including greeting cards in English and Spanish). Purchase aprons, balloons, t-shirts and giveaway items from the SNA Emporium. Customize media awareness tools for outreach. Your online portal for all these resources and more is www.schoolnutrition.org/SLHD.
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