PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Go Back to School With SNA’s Webinars As kids head back to school, now you can, too—with SNA’s webinars! Optimize personal development and job growth through SNA’s regular webinar series: Talk Tuesdays and Webinar Wednesdays. You can access details about school nutrition best practices, the latest hot topics or the lesser-known benefits of SNA membership. In many cases, you’ll even earn CEUs for attending! Better still, these learning opportunities are as close as the computer in your office, school or home. If you don’t have the opportunity to participate live during scheduled presentations, or if weekends or evenings are simply the best time for you to devote to personal education goals, no problem! SNA’s Webinars On-Demand library features recordings of all SNA live webinars and are always available for viewing—as an exclusive national member benefit. The Fall 2017 schedule is rapidly filling with new webinars, including some direct from the recent Annual National Conference (ANC) in Atlanta. » Host a Legislator Site Visit » Best of #ANC17: Modifications to Accommodate Disabilities » Seafood: It’s Time to Catch On! » Best of #ANC17: USDA Hot Topics/Flexibilities in the School Meal Programs » USDA’s ‘Smart Snacks in Schools’ Fundraisers Mark your calendars and regularly check the webinars home page (www.schoolnutrition.org/webinars) for updates and additions. If you are a webinar “newbie,” make a pledge to try one this fall! SNA PLANNER OCT. 9-13, 2017 National School Lunch Week JAN. 21-23, 2018 School Nutrition Industry Conference New Orleans, La. MAR. 4-6, 2018 Legislative Action Conference Washington, D.C. MAR. 5-9, 2018 National School Breakfast Week APR. 26-28, 2018 National Leadership Conference Long Beach, Calif. MAY 4, 2018 School Lunch Hero Day JULY 9-12, 2018 Annual National Conference Las Vegas SCHOOL NUTRITION FOUNDATION Shop and Serve Love the convenience of online shopping through Amazon.com? When you make purchases at Amazon, you can contribute automatically to the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) without spending another dime! SNF is now participating in the AmazonSmile program. All you need to do is visit smile.amazon.com and identify SNF as your designated charity. Whenever you buy any of the millions of eligible products, amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your purchase to SNF. It’s that simple! Create a bookmark on your web browser so that you are always linked to smile.amazon.com whenever you shop—you will continue to have full access to the site and Prime members receive all benefits. “We are very proud of the work we do at SNF to support SNA members,” says SNF Executive Director Jane Balek. “By increasing options for donors, we hope to increase the resources we contribute to the school nutrition community. Amazon-Smile makes it easy to ‘do good’ by doing something we all do: Shop! We hope that members will engage in some guilt-free shopping by using our AmazonSmile link, knowing that a portion of your purchases go to SNF.” American Express cardmembers also can give to SNF, either by making direct donations from your account or directing membership reward points to the Foundation. Simply visit http://amex.justgive.org/nonprofits/donate.jsp?ein=84-6039412, and either list how much you would like to donate from your card or select how many points you would like to redeem. This link is already set to SNF as your charitable organization. For more information about how the Foundation uses your donations to further the school nutrition profession, along with all the ways you can give, go to www. schoolnutrition.org/snf. Personal Wellness » STEP Lively! Put a spring in your step this September, when SNA’s annual STEPS Challenge program returns for its 6th year! Made available with generous support from Jennie-O Turkey Store, the STEPS Challenge is the personal wellness program developed exclusively for SNA members. Since its inception in 2011, more than 5,300 devotees have participated in the beneficial program. If you have been a participant in years’ past, then you are fully aware of everything the program has to offer—and if you’re a STEPS newbie, you’ll want to visit www.schoolnutrition.org/steps without delay to access recipes, success stories, wellness tips and simple strategies for overcoming your personal wellness barriers (such as saving money on healthy food or goal setting and persistence), Plus, each month, SNA encourages you to take simple steps toward a healthier lifestyle with themed monthly challenges, such as eating more fruits, managing stress and spreading kindness. These begin in September, with the first undertaking on the docket to “Get Back into Exercise,” which recommends 30+ minutes per day of physical activity. Personalize this to whatever type appeals to you and consider breaking it up into 10-minute time blocks! Beyond the health benefits of this free wellness program, SNA is offering fun prizes as added incentives for participation. If you earn 50 or more points per month, and submit your points online, you become immediately eligible to win monthly prizes that range from a “healthy surprise” to a Fitbit wristband. One grand-prize winner will be randomly selected to receive an all-expenses-paid trip to #ANC18 in Las Vegas! Don’t put off your new healthy regimen one hour longer; visit www. schoolnutrition.org/steps to learn more about STEPS or get started on your wellness goals for September, for Fall 2017 and for the school year ahead. MEMBERSHIP RECRUITMENT SNA MEMBERSHIP MATTERS School nutrition professionals like you recognize the many benefits of belonging to a national professional organization—because SNA membership matters! With a national organization that tops 57,000 members, SNA wants to keep that positive momentum going and hit the 60,000 mark by the end of SY 2017-18. Will you help? Take the first step by participating in the annual membership campaign: SNA Membership Matters. As a member, you have seen firsthand the value of belonging to SNA. And the best way to recruit is to communicate why membership matters to you! With the start of a brand-new school year, it’s the perfect opportunity to discuss the value of membership with your employees and coworkers. When you recruit your school nutrition colleagues, you not only help grow the ranks of your national organization, but you also gain the chance to win a registration to SNA’s 2019 Annual National Conference (ANC)! Recruit five or more new members between June 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018, and you will be automatically entered into a drawing to win 1 of 5 registrations to ANC 2019 in St Louis, Mo. Pre-printed color versions of SNA’s “Annual Membership Campaign” and “Top 10 Reasons to be a Member” brochures are available for chapter meetings and state conferences. To request copies, please contact the SNA Membership Department at email@example.com or (800) 877-8822. ANC 2018 Calling All Proposals (and Posters!) SAVE THE DATE! July 9-12, 2018, is SNA’s 72nd Annual National Conference (ANC) in Las Vegas! Though #ANC17 only just concluded last month, SNA is already planning for #ANC18—and you can be a part of it all! The 2018 Program Planning Committee would like to invite you to share your expertise, experience and know-how with the school nutrition community. If you are a dynamic, expert speaker, SNA wants to include you in educational sessions, roundtable discussions, section meetings and pre-conference workshops. It’s thanks to SNA members and allies that ANC features such an impressive variety of professional development choices year after year. There are many benefits of presenting at ANC, including pre-and post-event promotion to more than 57,000 SNA members; onsite access to events, vendors and networking opportunities; and the chance to contribute to the education of fellow school nutrition professionals. To submit your proposal for consideration, complete the “Call for Proposals” (CFP) application, available now, exclusively at www.school nutrition.org/CFP. Pay attention to the requirements, instructions and the timeline. SNA’s Professional Development team has produced a number of complementary materials to help you develop your submission, including a Preferred Topics List and a Submission Guide. Proposals will only be accepted through September 29, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. SNA is also pleased to accept submissions for the 28th annual School Nutrition Research & Best Practices Showcase. The Showcase features posters in two areas: best practices at school districts and findings of recent research in school nutrition. Awards are given to one poster in each category. Poster proposals are also due by September 29. Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/snshowcase to learn about the submission and review process. ABOUT SNA SNA: Working for You! SNA’s 2016-17 Annual Report provides a look back at highlights of the Association’s work. Divided into activities supporting SNA’s four key strategic goals—Professional Development, Advocacy, Community and Infrastructure—the Report applauds victories in meeting several advocacy priorities; celebrates benchmarks in conference attendance, exhibit booths and magazine pages; spotlights the development of several new resources; and describes the enhancements of many favorites. Highlights from the School Nutrition Foundation are also included. Visit SchoolNutrition.org and click on the “About SNA” tab to access a downloadable PDF. Share it with prospective members, school administrators and other community stakeholders, to show the value of SNA membership and the important work the Association does to help its members succeed every day in America’s schools. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Food Allergy Resource Center Launched MANAGING FOOD ALLERGIES IN SCHOOL NUTRITION is a pretty big challenge and more necessary than ever. With so much information (and misinformation) about food allergies available on the web, SNA has created a reliable and trustworthy resource, one where you can find all the data that school nutrition professionals need to deal with this critical issue. Partnering with the National Peanut Board, SNA has launched the Food Allergy Resource Center for school nutrition professionals, which provides information, webinars, guidelines, resources and more, on everything from how to create an emergency action plan to the opportunity to ask an allergy expert for advice. Become familiar with the eight foods/food groups that account for 90% of the most serious allergic reactions in the United States. Learn about the symptoms and severity of allergic reactions and how they can differ among students. You’ll also find an FAQ section, which features answers to 10 of the most-asked questions SNA has received from its allergy webinars, which are also linked for viewing. Located at www.schoolnutrition.org/foodallergy, the Food Allergy Resource Center is here to help make sure that school nutrition professionals are prepared to prevent and respond to a crisis.
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