@SchoolLunch "Friends" in High Places In early October, SNA was invited to be a part of the first Let's Move! Garden Harvest & Tweet up at the White House. @SchoolLunch (SNA's voice on Twitter) was among a select group of 16 other "tweeps," who were chosen from hundreds of applicants to meet with White House staff, observe First Lady Michelle Obama's Fall Garden Harvest and share the experience with followers on Twitter. Participating in the tweet up also gave @School Lunch the opportunity to connect with tweeps focused on childhood obesity and link them-and their followers-with www.TrayTalk.org, which demonstrates how schools have long supported the goals of Let's Move! The tweeps toured the White House garden with Chef Sam Kass, learning about the produce grown there and discovering that Eleanor Roosevelt was the last First Lady to have a White House garden. White House carpenter and beekeeper Charlie Brandts also offered intriguing insights: Did you know that one out of three bites of food are directly impacted by pollination-even beef?! After a policy discussion with Let's Move! Officials, tweeps returned to the garden to watch First Lady Michelle Obama work with local students to harvest sweet potatoes and peppers to be used at an upcoming State dinner and shared with a local soup kitchen. Next was a visit to the White House Kitchen, where Executive Chef Chris ComeFord demonstrated how all the components of the MyPlate food guidance could be squeezed into a delicious whole-grain pita! Revisit the conversations at www.twitter.com by searching the hashtags #LetsMove and #WHTweetUP. Be sure to sign up to join the more than 5,300 other @SchoolLunch followers. SNA Certification In With the New Did you know that there have been several changes to SNA's Certification Program? These changes, approved by the SNA Board of Directors, took effect August 1, 2011; they include an increase to initial certification fees, as well as the introduction of a reinstatement option for individuals whose certification has lapsed. The new initial certification application fee for Level 1 is $14 for members and $59 for non-members; Level 2 is $17 for members and $70 for non-members; Level 3 is $27 for members and $177 for nonmembers. Another significant change is the implementation of a high school diploma/GED requirement for those applying for Level 1 certification beginning in July 1, 2012. The full details of the new changes to the Certification Program, including rules for reinstatement, can be found in the Certification Guide. You can download a copy today at www.Schoolnutrition.org/certification. SNA leaders are committed to reviewing the Certification Program at least once every three years to ensure that it continues to reflect the current needs of both the Association and its members. Now, what about you? Are you certified? If, not, this is a perfect opportunity to take that important step. The Certification Guide has all the information you need about the academic experience and core requirements to determine whether you are eligible. Legislative Action Conference You Have Influence! Bring your expertise, your passion and your stories to Washington, D.C., and prepare to shape and define national policy relating to school nutrition. SNA's 40th Legislative Action Conference (LAC) will take place March 4-7, 2012, at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in the heart of the nation's capital. At LAC 2012, you will gain firsthand knowledge of the inner workings of the democratic process, as you learn about the legislative and regulatory issues facing school nutrition programs. You also will have the chance to visit Capitol Hill, where you can let the elected lawmakers of the U.S. Congress know your priorities as a child nutrition expert. Plus, you will hear valuable updates from representatives of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as well as political insights from keynote speaker Charlie Cook, one of Washington's most highly respected political analysts and commentators. And when the learning and lobbying is done for the day on Monday, March 5, you will gather with old and new friends during the 9th annual A Possible Dream Gala, a special evening that celebrates champions of child nutrition while supporting the work of the Global Child Nutrition Foundation. The highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the prestigious Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award for Child Nutrition. In addition, the 2011 Industry Member of the Year and 2011 Outstanding Director of the Year will be honored. To learn more about this year's conference, invited speakers and information about registration and hotel accommodations, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/lac. The Early Bird registration deadline is January 20, 2012. For more details about the annual Gala, contact email@example.com. Mark Your Calendars School Nutrition wants to hear how you harvested excitement in your cafeteria for this year's National School Lunch Week (NSLW) "Let's Grow Healthy" campaign. Send a brief report and high-resolution photos by December 31, 2011, to School Nutrition, Attn: NSLW Wrap-Up, 120 Waterfront Street, Suite 300, National Harbor, MD 20745 or firstname.lastname@example.org; your creativity may be showcased in the next wrap-up article! On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to mecholiday bargains at the SNA Emporium! That's right, the holidays are upon us and once again the Emporium is offering a variety of items at closeout prices through the end of December. Log on to http://emporium.schoolnutrition.org for discounts on T-shirts, aprons, posters and much more. It's nearly time to gather in Orlando, Fla., for SNA"s 2012 Child Nutrition Industry Conference (CNIC)! Are you ready to create your road map for change? This year's conference will be held January 15-17, 2012, at the Omni ChampionsGate Resort, where you will tap into the ideas, insights and innovations to steer your business through the most complex challenges on the road today. Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/cnic. Already signed up for this year's CNIC? Now, be sure to arrive in Orlando in time to participate in Chippin' for Children, a benefit golf tournament to support the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF). The tournament will take place on Saturday, January 14, 2012, at 12:45 p.m. Industry-sponsored teams of four will be divided between industry and operator members. Check out the CNIC web page at www.schoolnutrition.org/cnic, for details. SNA is challenging school nutrition professionals nationwide to continue spreading the word about healthy school meals by celebrating Tray Talk Week, January 23-27, 2012. This is your opportunity to show off your unique accomplishments and engage parents to learn the facts and get involved in your school meals program. Log on to www.schoolnutrition.org/traytalk to find helpful ideas to support your promotional efforts, as well as valuable PR and marketing tools. Most important, don't forget to visit www.TrayTalk.org to submit your school nutrition success story!
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