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Top 10 Reasons to Attend ANC 2013

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April 3, 2013 – Let the countdown begin! We’re just over three months away from SNA’s 67th Annual National Conference (ANC), taking place in the heart of the nation: Kansas City, Missouri. However, a closer deadline looms near — May 10th marks the deadline for early-bird registration, a discounted price to attend the conference. If you’ve attended ANC in the past, you probably don’t need any more convincing — you’ve already registered. If you’re still on the fence, take a look at these 10 reasons — in no particular order — why ANC 2013 shouldn’t be missed.

  • Education sessions. The centerpiece of the conference, the nearly 90 education session focus on four key program areas – operations, nutrition, administration and communications & marketing – meaning that there’s opportunities for professional development for everyone. Don’t forget – seven valuable pre-conference sessions will be held on Saturday, July 13 (additional registration required).
  • Wellness events. Have you been following SNA’s STEPS Challenge? ANC 2013 kicks off year two with a Tuesday morning wellness event and celebration of all things healthy. Stop by Wellness Village, too, to relax and recharge your mind and body.
  • Culinary Demonstrations. Join culinary professionals for a tutorial on how to prepare and present delicious recipes, utilizing fresh culinary techniques and innovative ideas to energize a school nutrition operation.
  • SNA Emporium. Have you had your eye on an SNA T-shirt or tote bag? Here’s your chance to stock up on goodies displaying your pride for your profession.
  • Keynote speakers. Don’t miss the inspirational, encouraging messages of Al Roker (Today Show), Lisa Ling (The Oprah Winfrey Show, Nightline) and Jarrett J. Krosockza (creator of the “Lunch Lady” series), the keynote speakers for ANC’s general sessions.
  • Exhibit Hall. Attendees go crazy for the Exhibit Hall, which features more than 700 booths from 300 companies promoting the latest and greatest in products and services available to the school nutrition industry.
  • Darius Rucker concert. It’s a final event like no other – country-rock star Darius Rucker (former frontman of Hootie and the Blowfish) takes the stage to serenade the crowd with his hits, such as “History in the Making,” “Alright,” and “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It.”
  • Member Section Meetings. These gatherings targeted to specific member sections, offering valuable information that’s key to your position within the school nutrition industry.
  • SNA Awards. Come celebrate your peers on Sunday, July 14, at the annual SNA Awards. Honors are given to members at all levels, including state, regional and national award-winners.
  • The overall experience. For four days, take advantage of the collective knowledge, expertise and passion of the Association’s members, coming together for a common purpose. More than 5,000 school nutrition professionals and industry partners attend ANC year – this year, shouldn’t you be one of them?

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Making the Case for Membership

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April 3, 2013 – With the introduction of SNA’s Membership Toolbox, it’s never been easier for SNA state affiliates and local chapters to promote and grow membership. With this innovative resource developed by SNA’s Member Services Committee and SNA Headquarters staff, you can get resources you need to display, present and distribute at your next state or chapter event delivered on a simple computer flash drive.

This electronic toolbox includes two PowerPoint presentations outlining the benefits of belonging to SNA and membership recruitment and retention ideas; a video with firsthand testimonials about the benefits of School District-Owned Membership; an upbeat, fun song detailing the various rewards of individual membership; and a brochure template that allows you to easily add state images and relevant contact information. Additionally, you will receive flyers about various SNA programs and events, as well as information about the STEPS Challenge, the personal wellness program designed specifically for SNA members. Plus, along with the flash drive, the Toolbox includes a table-top banner and how-to checklist to help you create a membership booth/table display at your next event.

Need more information on innovative ways to use these resources and other recruitment tools (including two new brochures)? SNA’s Member Services Committee will present an education session, “The Membership Toolbox,” this summer at the Annual National Conference (ANC) in Kansas City, Mo. For questions about obtaining these and other helpful recruitment resources, contact SNA Marketing Specialist Emily Mannel via e-mail at

Healthy Edge Course to be Sunset April 30, 2013

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April 2, 2013 – The Healthy Edge course is being sunset because the content is outdated and no longer meets the SNA Certification requirements for nutrition core courses, due to several changes in resourced information and regulatory changes such as the new meal pattern.


  • Healthy Edge was originally developed by the School Nutrition Foundation and previously updated through resources from program donors and sponsors.
  • With the growing availability of no cost nutrition courses to SNA members that meet the nutrition core course requirement, the decision was made not to update Healthy Edge.

If you are an online course user:

  • The online course is no longer available for new registrants.
  • Individuals currently registered for the online course have until July 1, 2013, to complete all associated modules.
  • SNA will accept your certificate of completion as applicable nutrition education documentation for certification if issued on or before July 1, 2013.

If you are a SNA Certified Trainer or State Affiliate:

  • SNA Certified Trainers or state affiliates who are currently scheduled to offer Healthy Edge beyond April 30 will need to contact SNA's Certification & Credentialing Manager, Miles Truax, at to discuss details.
  • Unless previously authorized, attendee certificates of completion will not be accepted as applicable nutrition course documentation if issued after April 30, 2013.

Other nutrition education course options:

  • Individuals interested in taking a nutrition core course, and trainers who wish to offer such courses, can find a list of approved nutrition core courses posted on SNA's website.
  • SNA will continue to update trainers as new information is available.

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