VIRTUAL EXPO 2018 Virtually Outstanding SNA’s Virtual Expo is back for its second year following a breakout success! After 2,400+ registrants from nearly 2,000 different school districts representing over 11 million students nationwide spent last year gazing and gaping at virtual vendor booths, product visuals, and live chat opportunities, don’t miss your chance to get ahead this year in the K-12 school foodservice game. Registration is officially open—and it’s free to SNA members. Scheduled February 6-March 16, the Expo is a singular online experience—no airport security lines required! You’ll “arrive” whenever you want, click through each booth at your pace and revisit as often as you like. Jot down notes and individual product information; take the time to experience each unique component of this one-of-a-kind, virtual experience: » Virtual Exhibit Hall: Emulating SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC), these booths and services are yours to explore. » Networking Lounge: Chat and compare notes with other attendees. » Learning Center: Earn CEUs by taking advantage of more than 20 hours of on-demand education sessions. » Briefcase Feature: Like a particular document, video or link? Save it to your personal profile for future reference. Visit schoolnutrition.org/meetings for more details. SNA ANNUAL ELECTION ELECTION COUNTDOWN In the December issue, School Nutrition revealed the slate of candidates who will stand for election to the SNA Board of Directors and SNA Leadership Development Committee. Voting, using a secure online site, will begin on February 15 and the polls will be open until February 28. Now’s the time to get to know the candidates so that you can make an informed choice next month. Turn the page for Q&A interviews with Doug Davis and Linda Eichenberger, who are running for the position of President-Elect. Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/snaelection to access short biographies of the 14 other volunteers who’ve stepped up to serve you and your Association. PERSONAL WELLNESS STEP Small & Spread Some Love STEP into your stride this January by making “Small Changes for Success” rather than big leaps that leave you hanging. Instead of pushing yourself to lose all your extra pounds ASAP or going cold-turkey on dining out, give your mind, your body and your routine some time to adjust with small, bite-sized steps. Try bringing lunch instead of going out. Add a five-minute yoga mini-session to your morning. Go for a walk or add vegetables to at least one meal per week—it’s up to you! Points (two per follow-through) should be submitted online at www.schoolnutrition.org/steps by February 4. Then, pay it forward in February when you “Spread Some Love.” Your selfless acts—whether volunteering for an under-staffed fundraiser, donating last year’s clothes or simply cooking dinner for a spouse—encourage selfless acts in others and generate good feelings within. Give yourself 10 points for each act of kindness you bestow throughout the month of February. Attention School Nutrition Industry Conference (SNIC) 2018 registrants! Join the STEPS Wellness Sunrise Stretch at SNIC on January 21, 2018 at 7 a.m. The STEPS wellness program is made possible with support from Jennie-O Turkey Store. SNA PLANNER FEB. 6-MAR. 16, 2018 Virtual Expo 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 OCT. 15-19, 2018 National School Lunch Week NSBW18 #NSBW Contest HOW DO YOU • SCHOOL BREAKFAST? Show us this spring during National School Breakfast Week 2018. From February 20 to March 20, SNA will be hosting a social media photo and caption contest based purely on your creativity and innovation. Judges will select three SNA members to win a prize for the most fun, interesting and exciting uses of the #NSBW18 theme. Need some inspiration? Make sure you are keeping the “I • School Breakfast” theme and associated emoji characters in mind. Then, dress in emoji costumes or replicate SNA’s customized emoticon ambassadors with stylized food art. Incorporate cafeteria décor and #NSBW18 memorabilia from the SNA Emporium. Ask students or staff to spell out the tagline—using whatever creative means spring to mind. Or, let your customers do the work for you—allow students to express their love for school breakfast using emoji sentences, ideas on bulletin boards or coloring sheets and email us the photographed results and accompanying captions. Post your submissions to SNA’s Facebook or Instagram pages, or email them to [email@example.com](http://firstname.lastname@example.org). Your imagination is the only limit. You’ll find more ideas for celebrating #NSBW18 in the November 2017 edition of SN and more details and rules for the contest online at [www.schoolnutrition.org/nsbw](http://www.schoolnutrition.org/nsbw). SCHOOL NUTRITION FOUNDATION School Nutrition Heroes Revealed The School Nutrition Foundation (SNF), SNA’s philanthropic sister organization, has announced the selection of the 2018 School Nutrition Heroes. After reviewing 37 outstanding nominations, the following SNA members were selected for going above and beyond in serving their school and community. Congratulations to: A. Paula Angelucci, Child Nutrition Supervisor, Colonial School District, New Castle, Del. April Laskey, SNS Nutrition Services Director, Billerica (Mass.) Public Schools Lynne Shore, Food Service Supervisor, Willamina (Ore.) School District Anthony “Chef T” Terrell, Culinary Specialist, Shelby County Schools, Memphis, Tenn. Patricia Urbanczyk, Kitchen Manager, School City of Hammond, Ind. Look for more details about each of these honorees in an upcoming issue of School Nutrition or visit [www.schoolnutrition.org/snf/specialevents](http://www.schoolnutrition.org/snf/specialevents). Tickets are on sale now for the annual Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes on Monday, March 5. Ruby Reader Is Ready to Come Home Calling all Roaming Ruby entries! School Nutrition is eager to see where she’s roamed and what she’s learned about our readers and how they use the magazine. Send your photos and entries to us no later than Friday, January 26. Visit [www.schoolnutition.org/snmagazineRoamingRuby](http://www.schoolnutition.org/snmagazineRoamingRuby) for contest details.
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