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Don’t Miss Upcoming SNA Webinars on Breakfast Financials and Professional Standards

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December 3, 2013 – Next week, SNA will offer two informative, engaging webinars that you don’t want to miss. Register now for “The Financial Sense of Breakfast” and “Required Professional Standards for School Nutrition Staff Are Coming Soon.”

Wednesday, December 11: The Financial Sense of Breakfast
Time: 2:00-3:15 pm EST

The School Nutrition Foundation, in partnership with the National Dairy Council, will host a free webinar about the financial considerations to take when starting or expanding a breakfast program. Are you looking at the whole financial picture when it comes to your breakfast program? Increasing participation and your bottom line are doable, but in order to make it work, you must have a firm knowledge of your costs.

Join us as we breakdown different breakfast models for programs of different sizes and help you discover simple ways to better understand how breakfast can make a positive impact on your bottom line. Time will be devoted to Q&A, so please come with your questions.

Participation in this webinar is worth 1 SNA CEU. Can’t make it to the live event? The webinar will be archived following the live presentation.

Duration: 75 minutes (approximately)

Thursday, December 12: Required Professional Standards for School Nutrition Staff Are Coming Soon
Time: 2:00-3:00 pm EST

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 outlines the requirements for establishing professional standards for school foodservice directors, managers, all other school nutrition staff and state agency nutrition directors. The new standards will be discussed, along with tips on how school districts can implement them.

Speakers: Jan Barrett, Senior Nutritionist, U.S. Department of Agriculture; Danny Seymour, SNA Dean of Education; Miles Truax, SNA Certification & Credentialing Manager

Space is limited! After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Duration: 60 minutes (approximately)

Take a Time Out with SNA’s STEPS Challenge

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December 2, 2013 – According to a survey of last year’s STEPS Challenge participants, SNA members had the most difficulty with the December challenge to manage holiday stress. That’s why STEPS is challenging you once again to take a little “me time” this month to focus on yourself! It may be difficult, but finding time to relax is the key to managing stress and keeping your mood stable.

Whether you choose to read a book, take a nap, run a bubble bath, indulge in a Netflix movie, or go for a walk, you can reward yourself with five (5) points for every occasion where you take 20 minutes to relax and focus on yourself. If you earn 50 points, you can enter your tracking sheet into a drawing to win a Skincare Spa Basket from The Body Shop.

Also, don’t forget about this year’s STEPS All-Star State contest. SNA and program partner Jennie-O Turkey Store are rewarding states that have the most members actively participating in each month’s challenge. After a few challenges, it’s clear that several states have competitive spirit: Ohio edged out Minnesota again in October with the most participants in the 1,000+ membership division, while Missouri continues to dominate in the 500-1,000 division. Kansas edged out South Dakota in the 1-500 membership division! The top states in each membership division will be honored at SNA's Annual National Conference (ANC), and their members will be entered in a grand prize drawing. It isn’t too late for your state to win—encourage your fellow members to participate this month!

For more information about the wellness program or to learn more about this month’s “Take a Time-Out” challenge, SNA members can visit

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