SNA ANNUAL ELECTION YOUR RIGHT, YOUR RESPONSIBILITY The SNA Election will take place this month for a two-week period: February 15-28. Eligible 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 and to advance school nutrition programs for positive public awareness and so much more. Links to photos, biographies and goals of the 16 candidates for the SNA Board of Directors and the Leadership Development Committee can be accessed at the Election portal page: www.schoolnutrition.org/snaelection. Beginning February 15, the election will be conducted using a secure online voting website, also accessed via SNA’s Election webpage. Voting instructions and details about eligibility are included. Don’t procrastinate or sit on the sidelines; mark your calendar to cast your vote before February 28! SNA BOARD OF DIRECTORS CANDIDATES President-Elect • Doug Davis, SNS, Burlington Schools, Vermont • Linda Eichenberger, SNS, Oak Hills Local School District, Ohio Secretary/Treasurer • Jill Kidd, SNS, Pueblo City Schools, Colorado • Jessica Shelly, SNS, Cincinnati Public Schools, Ohio Southeast Regional Director • Daniel Ellnor, Jefferson County Public Schools, Kentucky • Vanessa Hayes, SNS, Tift County Schools, Georgia West Regional Director • Patti Bilbrey, Scottsdale Unified School District, Arizona At-Large Director • Chris Derico, SNS, Lewis County Schools, West Virginia • Reginald Ross, SNS, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE CANDIDATES Southeast Regional Representative • Paula De Lucca, SNS, Wake County Public School System, North Carolina • Cleta Long, EdD, SNS, Dade County School District, Georgia Mideast Regional Representative • Kristen Hennessey, Plymouth-Canton Community Schools, Michigan Midwest Regional Representative • Lori Danella, SNS, Lee’s Summit R-VII School District, Missouri • Sandy Voss, SNS, Marquardt School District 15, Illinois West Regional Representative • Stephanie Bruce, Palm Springs Unified School District, California • Siri Perlman, Solana Beach School District, California 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 PERSONAL WELLNESS Lean Protein? Yes, Please! Throw kindness like confetti, sprinkle some sunshine and spread love all this month and you will meet the February STEPS Challenge. Feel warm fuzzies all month and earn 10 points each time you choose to boost someone’s day—whether that means volunteering at a homeless shelter, providing your mail carrier with a bottle of water or writing an encouraging note to a coworker or friend. Then, lean in to March by eating protein—but not just any protein. This time, the STEPS Challenge advises you to “Go Lean with Protein” by eating lower-fat turkey, fish, chicken, beans, tofu, etc. You can exercise your creativity to devise delicious recipes—or, if you need a leg up, check out our Healthy Recipe ideas at www.schoolnutrition.org/STEPS. And don’t forget to log your points to be eligible for prizes at the end of all of the 2017-18 Challenges. Any choice of a lean protein in the month of March earns you 3 points toward your goal. How many will you earn? If you’re not familiar with SNA’s personal wellness program, made possible by with support from Jennie-O Turkey Store, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/STEPS to learn how you can join thousands of other SNA members who are taking steps toward a healthier lifestyle. REMINDERS Don’t Miss… » SNA’s second annual Virtual Expo is finally here! Seize the opportunity to visit 30+ vendor booths, earn CEUs by viewing pre-recorded education sessions and connect in real time with colleagues and industry representatives. Come back as often as you want, 24/7. Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/virtualexpo to discover the schedule for live connections, a complete list of participating exhibitors, available sessions and details about how you could win a $50 Emporium gift card. The 2018 Virtual Expo runs February 6-March 16. » There’s still time to register for SNA’s 46th Legislative Action Conference (LAC) in Washington, D.C., March 4-6. Hear from political insiders and learn how to advocate for SNA’s top priorities like a pro. Conference details are available at www.schoolnutrition.org/lac—and don’t delay in scheduling your delegation visits to congressional offices on Capitol Hill. Also, order your tickets for the School Nutrition Foundation’s 5th annual Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes, Monday, March 5. This event has become an annual tradition during LAC—don’t miss this opportunity to recognize five heroes who are going above and beyond in their communities. Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/SNHeroesCelebration to learn more. » National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) is right around the corner: March 5-9. SNA is excited to announce that we are collaborating with campaign partner Kellogg’s to offer an enhanced NSBW Contest for school nutrition professionals. Share your creative cafeteria innovations with us and you could be eligible to win one of eight registrations to SNA’s 2018 Annual National Conference in Las Vegas! Discover all the details—and a host of helpful resources to promote school breakfast—at www.schoolnutrition.org/nsbw. PROFESSIONAL GROWTH New Online Ethics Course Now Available TURN ON THE NEWS or browse the latest headlines via your favorite app. There seems to be no end of coverage on the people who are getting it wrong when it comes to ethical behavior— especially in the workplace. This is just one reason why it’s critical that school nutrition professionals strive to get it right! How do you address this complex subject with the members of your team? Encourage them to take SNA’s new online training course: What Should You Do? Ethical Decision-Making in School Nutrition. This training introduces the basic principles of ethics and ethical behavior. It also provides an engaging platform to help users learn to make ethical decisions. While available from the comfort of your home or office, this is not a sit-and-listen presentation. Participants will interact with each screen as they work their way through the content, activities, questions, videos, self-assessment and case studies. For more details, including price options, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/ethics. ADVOCACY SNA 2018 Position Paper SNA has released its 2018 Position Paper, outlining the Association’s legislative priorities for the year ahead. It will serve as the centerpiece for next month’s Legislative Action Conference (LAC) and other grassroots advocacy efforts. Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/PositionPaper to access talking points for each position, a printable version and a downloadable infographic. Every school day, federal child nutrition programs provide nutritious meals that are critical to the health and academic success of more than 30 million students nationwide. The federal government plays a vital role in the success of these programs: providing reimbursements for each meal served, ensuring equal access to free and reduced-price meals for students in need and administering national nutrition standards. The School Nutrition Association (SNA), representing 57,000 professionals who work on the frontlines in school nutrition programs, urges Congress and the Administration to protect students by strengthening the federal government’s commitment to these programs. Congress should bolster historically under-funded school meal programs, which contribute to economic growth and national security, and USDA should continue to minimize unnecessary regulatory burdens. SNA specifically requests that Congress take the following actions: 1 Oppose any effort to block grant school meals programs. Block grants will dismantle an effective and crucial federal program, putting students at risk by cutting funds and abolishing federal standards for school meals. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) warned that block grants could “eliminate access to nutrition programs for some children and reduce it for others.” Fixed-sum block grants would leave states without adequate funds to respond to unforeseen circumstances, including natural disasters or economic recessions. Students in need would go without. 2 Support H.R. 3738, the Healthy Breakfasts Help Kids Learn Act, to provide 6 cents in USDA Foods (commodities) for every school breakfast served. Currently, commodity support is only provided for school lunch. Expanding USDA Foods to support the School Breakfast Program will allow more students to benefit from a nutritious school breakfast, help schools cover rising costs and advance USDA’s mission of supporting America’s farmers. 3 Continue to monitor and support USDA’s work to simplify overly burdensome child nutrition mandates to improve efficiencies and reduce costs. Duplicative administrative requirements divert school nutrition professionals’ attention from their mission of nourishing students. USDA is modifying federal nutrition regulations to help school menu planners manage challenges and prepare nutritious meals that appeal to diverse student tastes. Overly prescriptive regulations resulted in unintended consequences, including reduced student lunch participation, higher costs and food waste. Therefore, SNA asks Congress to monitor USDA’s efforts to provide school meal program flexibility. The final rule should: » Maintain the Target 1 sodium levels and eliminate future targets. The Institute of Medicine warned that “reducing the sodium content of school meals as specified and in a way that is well accepted by students will present major challenges and may not be possible.” (School Meals: Building Blocks for Healthy Children, 2010) » Restore the initial requirement that at least half of grains offered with school meals be whole grain rich. The current mandate that all grains offered be whole grain rich has increased waste and costs and contributed to the decline in student lunch participation. Students are eating more whole grains, but schools still struggle with students’ regional and cultural preferences for specific refined grains, such as white rice, pasta, grits or tortillas. The temporary whole grain waiver process is inconsistent across states, limiting the availability of waivers to struggling schools unable to meet overly burdensome application mandates.
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