October 26, 2011 – These are challenging times. From rising costs to tightening budgets, your district, like many others, is likely looking for ways to ensure that the money it spends to meet students’ needs goes as far as possible. But professional development is important, too, and SNA’s upcoming 2012 Child Nutrition Industry Conference (CNIC) in Orlando, Fla., promises to be one of the best educational and networking events you can attend. The perfect mix of these two takeaways is likely to get you the maximum bang for your buck…and if you register by the extended Early Bird registration deadline, November 15th, you will save $50 off the regular registration fees! Talk about getting the most out of your education dollar!
This annual meeting will be held January 15-17, 2012, at the Omni ChampionsGate Resort, and is your roadmap for navigating the most complex challenges on today’s bumpy school nutrition road. With timely sessions covering kid-consumer trends, personal wellness, meal patterns and the implementation of the pending new regulations, you’ll drive away with a clear sense of direction for the future. Plus, this conference is a unique opportunity to interact with your school nutrition peers who are experiencing many of the same day-to-day challenges you face in operating a successful program.
Of course, one of the highlights of the conference each year, and sure to be a hit at CNIC 2012, are the Innovation Station sessions! Get ready to team up with your peers to learn about the latest and greatest innovations that will influence the school nutrition market for years to come. During these exciting mini-sessions, thirty different companies will present recently introduced or in-development food, beverage, equipment and service solutions designed to streamline your daily operations. This unique mini-session approach gives you more opportunity to see and sample new offerings, while allowing industry partners more “face” time to obtain your feedback and answer your top questions.
With so many takeaways from CNIC, it shouldn’t be hard convincing your supervisor about why it’s so important to attend. However, if you need a little help demonstrating the importance of CNIC to your supervisor, SNA has created a letter template highlighting how your professional development at CNIC is a smart investment for your school nutrition program.
So, what are you waiting for?! Register by November 15th and get ready to join us in Orlando for CNIC 2012!
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CNIC Letter to Your Supervisor
October 26, 2011—The HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) is a key component of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative to end childhood obesity. Schools participating in the challenge adopt USDA standards for the food that they serve and provide nutrition education and opportunities for physical activity. The challenge features four award levels: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Gold Award of Distinction.
Congratulations to the districts in this list, which had one or more schools that achieved HUSSC designations in October 2011. A special round of congratulations goes to Los Angeles Unified School District and its nearly 500 schools that earned designations in October.
As of October 20, 2011, 2,161 schools have achieved HUSSC certification. For a list of all of the award-winning schools, visit http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/healthierUS/awardwinners.html.
Has your school earned a HealthierUS School Challenge designation? Feel free to share tips and ideas for success with your school nutrition colleagues by submitting a comment to this post.
The May 2011 issue of School Nutrition features an article on HUSSC best practices. Additionally, an article in the September 2011 issue of School Nutrition demonstrates how smaller school districts can strive to achieve HUSSC—and Fuel Up to Play 60—success to get the recognition that their programs deserve.
For more information about the HealthierUS School Challenge, including criteria and an application, visit http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/healthierus/index.html.
HealthierUS School Challenge Information
HealthierUS School Challenge Award-Winning Schools “Are YOU up for the Challenge?”—School Nutrition, May 2011
“Small Schools See the Big Picture”—School Nutrition, September 2011USDA Food and Nutrition Service Announces September HealthierUS School Challenge WinnersUSDA Food and Nutrition Service Announces July HealthierUS School Challenge Winners USDA Food and Nutrition Service Announces Latest HealthierUS School Challenge Winners USDA Food and Nutrition Service Announces June HealthierUS School Challenge Winners USDA Food and Nutrition Service Announces May HealthierUS School Challenge WinnersUSDA Food and Nutrition Service Announces April and May HealthierUS School Challenge WinnersUSDA Food and Nutrition Service Announces March HealthierUS School Challenge WinnersUSDA Food and Nutrition Service Announces New HealthierUS School Challenge Winners
The SNA Emporium now has a MyPlate poster available in Spanish. The poster features the new MiPlato icon and the following message in Spanish “Choose from all five food groups to balance your lunch tray.”
Prices start at $3.25.
Order posters for your cafeterias today at http://emporium.schoolnutrition.org
HOW TO ORDERPhone: 1 800 728 0728Online: http://emporium.schoolnutrition.orgFax: 703 564 3001
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