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SNA Recognized for Efforts to Promote Local Wellness Policies

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Contact: Erik Peterson
703-739-3900 ext 124

School Nutrition Association Recognized for Efforts
to Promote Local Wellness Policies

SNA Named to 2007 Associations Advance America Honor Roll

ALEXANDRIA, Va., (November 22, 2006) -- The School Nutrition Association was chosen to receive an Award of Excellence for its Local Wellness Policy Campaign and was been named to the 2007 Associations Advance America Honor Roll. The Associations Advance America Awards is a national competition sponsored by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and the Center for Association Leadership, Washington, DC.

SNA received the recognition for its campaign to promote local wellness policies and healthy food and beverage choices in schools.  Research shows the National School Lunch Program provides nutritious meals to schoolchildren and the campaign promoted healthy school meals while seeking to develop healthy school environments beyond the cafeteria. During the campaign, SNA:

  • Distributed 800,000 copies of three brochures on wellness policies to students and their families through SNA’s 50,000 members.
  • Authored articles and flyers for the Association’s website and magazine on various wellness policy components, such as alternatives to using food for fundraising.
  • Encouraged members and other school employees to be role models for healthy lifestyles by sponsoring personal wellness contests.
  • Targeted parents through the Association website, a public service announcement and media campaigns in 2005-2006 that reached over 100 million people.

SNA is continuing its local wellness efforts and they are making a difference.  The 2003 SNA Back to School Trends Survey found that only 38% of school districts offered healthy choices in snack lines.  According to the 2006 Survey, that number increased to 64% of school districts.  Additionally, the 2006 Survey also found that three out of five districts increased the availability of fresh fruit and vegetables in snack lines.

The Award of Excellence for the Local Wellness Policy Campaign is SNA’s fifth such recognition from ASAE. Now in its 17th year, the prestigious Associations Advance America (AAA) Awards program recognizes associations that propel America forward – with innovative projects in education, skills training, standards setting, business and social innovation, knowledge creation, citizenship, and community service.  Although association activities have a powerful impact on everyday life, they often go unnoticed by the general public.

SNA, the School Nutrition Association, is a national, non-profit professional organization representing more than 55,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country.  The Association and its members are dedicated to feeding children safe and nutritious meals. Founded in 1946, SNA is the only association devoted exclusively to protecting and enhancing children’s health and well being through school meals and sound nutrition education.



Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award Announced

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Paul Alberghine
Global Child Nutrition Foundation
(703) 739-3900, ext. 126

Bertini to Receive 2007 Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award for Child Nutrition

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (November 30, 2006) – Catherine Bertini, whose influence and contributions to child nutrition have spanned the past twenty years, has been selected to receive the 2007 Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award for Child Nutrition. This prestigious award honors champions of child nutrition and was named for Gene White, an extraordinary woman who dedicates her life to children and the benefits that good nutrition can provide them. Other recipients of this award include Dr. Josephine Martin and Senators Bob Dole and George McGovern. Ms. Bertini will be honored at the 4th annual “A Possible Dream” Gala on March 6, 2007, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC.

Ms. Bertini’s contributions began with her appointment as Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for Food and Consumer Services at USDA under George H.W. Bush, and as Acting Assistant Secretary of the Family Support Administration in the United States Department of Health and Human Services under the Reagan administration.

In 1992 Ms. Bertini was appointed Executive Director of the United Nation’s World Food Programme; the world’s largest international humanitarian agency. She is credited with assisting victims of wars and natural disasters throughout the developing world. . While serving as Director, Ms. Bertini made significant achievements in the dual mandate of the agency: to avert starvation in humanitarian crises through emergency operations, and to promote long-term development projects aimed at breaking the deeply rooted hunger-poverty cycle. Under her leadership, global food aid rose from 22 percent in 1993 to 36 percent in 1998.

Ms. Bertini then accepted the appointment to serve as the U.N.’s undersecretary-general for management. In this position she focused on improving communication and information technology, intensifying efforts to recruit more women to the U.N. staff and to revamp the budget process. Ms. Bertini was awarded the World Food Prize 2003 Laureate for transforming the World Food Programme from a development assistance program to the largest and most effective humanitarian food relief organization. Ms. Bertini used the $250,000 award to create a trust fund for girls’ education  through the Friends of the World Food Program. In 2005, following twelve years service at the U.N., she  accepted a position at Syracuse University as a professor of public administration. 

During  the gala, two other champions of child nutrition will be honored. Lynnelle Grumbles, SFNS, the 2006 SNA Outstanding Director of the Year, and Patrick McCoy, SFNS, the 2006 SNA Industry Member of the Year, will be recognized for their tremendous contributions to child nutrition.

The gala occurs during SNA’s Legislative Action Conference, which will be held from  March 4-7, 2007. The conference is unparalleled in its importance to SNA members and the child nutrition programs in the United States. The Child Nutrition Foundation, established in 1964, is a non-profit corporation that provides high-quality professional development, financial aid and research programs to child nutrition professionals and members of the School Nutrition Association (SNA.) SNA ( is a national, non-profit professional organization representing more than 55,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country.


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