As the school year comes to an end, I’m counting down the days until ANC Nashville, now less than two months away!
There are so many reasons to attend this conference. Having attended my first conference in Boston so many years ago, I can still remember how in awe I was of the size of the Exhibit Hall, the number of attendees and the great educational sessions offered.
Unlike other conferences and exhibits, this conference truly focuses on the needs of school nutrition professionals. This year, you will be able to choose from a wide variety of education sessions in the key areas of operations, nutrition, administration, communications and marketing, as well as special sessions focused on leadership. Also, be sure to take advantage of some of the great pre-conference sessions, including “Back to the Future with Scratch Cooking” and “Produce: Get it Local and Keep it Safe,” as well as “Financial Management: A Course for School Foodservice Directors,” which I personally don’t want to miss!
With so much taking place in four days, if you were to ask me to pinpoint the reason why I will be at ANC, the answer is very simple. I want to be inspired; I want to feel energized about what we do; and I want to bring back the latest information on operating a successful foodservice program! Oh, wait, did I mention connecting with my friends and the opportunity to check out everything the great city of Nashville has to offer?! Lastly, how could I forget Alan Jackson! Need I say more?
I hope you will come to Nashville and experience everything this conference has to offer. I know you will be hooked on ANC just as I was back in Boston so many years ago!
Cindy Brooks ANC Program Chair
Have you ever witnessed/been part of a flash mob? (A Flash Mob: is a group of people who assemble suddenly to perform predetermined moves for a short amount of time before quickly dispersing). Would you like to be part of one and put your spontaneous moves to the test?! Well, get ready because the ANC Flash Mob is coming to Nashville this summer and is sure to get the “Good Time”-energy flowing throughout the conference. Whether you’re a dance enthusiast, a country music fan or just like to have fun, this exciting new addition to ANC is a good way to connect with your school nutrition peers. It’s also a neat way to celebrate this once-a-year coming together of the school nutrition community!
The ANC Flash Mob dances will be happening spontaneously throughout ANC, so be on the ready for a little heel-to-toe swivel action! SNA staff has already been practicing their moves… to start doing your own rehearsing, check out the instructional video here.
Of course, the ANC Flash Mob isn’t the only fun happening at this summer’s conference. Did you know that this year’s exhibit floor will feature a Wellness Village? Here, you will be able to enjoy relaxation (massage) stations, get your blood pumping in a challenging game of Wii Sport or glean even more information to help your students stay healthy and fit, courtesy of the Tennessee Obesity Task Force and American Heart Association.
The exhibit floor will also feature the Catch the Moment booth, a favorite among attendees. This is the place to have your photo taken in a unique conference memorabilia setting, including such exciting backgrounds as the cover of School Nutrition magazine. Walk away with your own personalized photograph to remind you of your exciting visit to Music City.
What do you think of the ANC Flash Mob moves? Do you got it down or do you still have work to do? SNA staff will be having at least one more practice session, that’s for sure!
Will you be stopping by the Wellness Village for a massage or to play Wii?
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