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Fall 2013 Journal Features Article on Youth Gardens

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November 27, 2013 – Have you made time to check out the latest issue of The Journal of Child Nutrition & Management? SNA’s peer-reviewed research journal published twice a year is an exclusively digital publication and features research articles on topics critical to the successful operation of school meal programs.

One of the articles from the Fall 2013 issue, “Creating a Sustainable Model for Establishing Youth Gardens in Schools and Childcare Centers” by William Wright, BA; Bettina Friese, PhD; Aaron Carrel, MD; Amy Meinen, MPH, RD, takes a look at a program that established youth gardens across Wisconsin and the results of a survey administered to participants to measure their perceptions of the success of the training held before the gardens were established. Participants also were surveyed about how effective they thought the new gardens were in increasing children’s access to and interest in fruits and vegetables.

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Professional Standards from USDA Are Coming: Get a Head Start with SNA Certification

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November 27, 2013 – As a part of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA), USDA is developing professional standards for all school nutrition employees.

Staff working in school nutrition will have annual training requirements to complete. The specific details of the requirements for various categories of employees are still being determined. However, you can start getting prepared today!

Getting certified with SNA will give you a head start training and education requirements included in the USDA’s professional standards. And don’t forget that SNA certification:

  • Increases your knowledge and skills of food safety and nutrition
  • Enhances your professional image with parents, children & school administrators
  • Provides a career ladder you can use to advance in the field from assistant, to cook, to manager, to director

It’s more important than ever to invest in your career—and yourself. To learn more and get certified, visit

SNA will be conducting an informational webinar about certification on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at 2:00 pm ET. Attend the webinar to learn the benefits to becoming certified; the requirements to earn certification at levels 1, 2, and 3; and how you can get started on your certification. Mark your calendar and register here!

SNA Awards: Celebrate an Unsung Hero!

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November 26, 2013 – SNA awards season is getting underway! Have you started thinking about your recent accomplishments? Or perhaps you know a school nutrition colleague whose hard work deserves to be recognized?

The SNA Awards Program highlights the outstanding achievements of school nutrition employees, managers and directors who work every day to ensure well-nourished students across the country are prepared for success! There are SNA awards for every member type, including:

All nominees must be SNA members who are SNA certified or credentialed throughout the entire awards application and selection process. Award entries are due to the State President by March 1, 2014. Managers must also complete and submit a Letter of Intent to the State President by December 1, 2013.

SNA award winners will be recognized on the SNA website, in the pages of School Nutrition magazine and during the Red Carpet Awards Ceremony at SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC) in Boston. Winners also receive prizes to honor their accomplishments.

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Don’t Just Survive; Prepare to Thrive at SNIC 2014

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November 26, 2013 – In the school nutrition profession, it’s not enough to simply survive the day-to-day challenges—it’s time for you to start thriving! At the 2014 School Nutrition Industry Conference (SNIC), get the tools you need to build, maintain or improve a successful school foodservice program. This year’s conference will take place in sunny Florida, at the Hyatt Regency Miami. The Regular Rate registration deadline, December 6, is coming up quickly, so don’t miss your chance to take advantage of discounted rates.

SNIC 2014 homes in on three key components of a successful school nutrition operation or business: the customer, the product and marketing. Each day’s presentations will focus on one of these topics, showcasing General Session speakers considered to be experts in each respective field. These include Jim Knight, former senior director of training and development for Hard Rock International, marketing mastermind John Moore and branding and marketing expert Ira Blumenthal. Dr. Douglas McCabe of Georgetown University will serve as the conference facilitator.

One of SNIC’s key draws is the opportunity for operators and industry representatives to network together and discuss their shared challenges and solutions. Many of the latter will be introduced through the annual Innovation Station breakout presentations, a terrific preview of many of the most innovative foodservice products on the market today. This face-time together makes SNIC a valuable conference for all partners working to our shared goals.

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