ANC in the Big D

ANC 2010: A Message from the Program Chair

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A BIG THANKS to SNA President Dora Rivas for appointing me ANC Program Chair for ANC in the Big D! Her leadership focusing on the Keys to Excellence has helped us to plan a conference that I am not only proud of, but can’t wait to participate in. The responses to the call for proposals were so unbelievable in the quantity and quality of the education sessions, it was hard to choose! With the excellent guidance of SNA Executive Director Barbara Belmont, SNA Dean of Education Danny Seymour and the rest of the SNA staff, we narrowed the list centered on the four fundamental areas (Operations, Nutrition, Administration and Communications & Marketing) of SNA’s Keys and Certification programs.

Our world is changing quickly, and I am so looking forward to learn from chefs, operators, industry and USDA, as they show us how they cook from scratch, implement farm-to-school programs, go green, use commodities, and plan for that ever-increasing student allergy issue. And because I am expecting a CRE next year, I am thrilled that experts from USDA will present a three-part session to help me show them that we can follow all rules! I am also thrilled that we are able to offer certification and financial management courses in addition to touring and learning about the great Dallas ISD operations as pre-conference sessions. I simply can’t wait for ANC in the Big D!

So don’t just sit there—get your spurs on and get ready to ride into ANC ready to learn by looking over the details about the conference on Let me know what you think!

Jody Houston, SNS
ANC Program Chair


Learn About Fuel Up to Play 60 in the ANC Exhibit Hall

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Don’t miss you chance to learn more about the Fuel Up to Play 60 in-school wellness program at the National Dairy Council® booth (#1101) in the ANC Exhibit Hall! This program, which has already reached 60,000 schools, encourages youth to take action for their own health and provides tools and resources to help improve their school environment. Stop by the booth to find out how you can help your students make healthier choices by joining the movement, and pick up the 2010-11 program. Also, be sure to fuel up with delicious, nutrient-rich lowfat milk, cheese and yogurt, and join in on the fun physical activities. There will be a drawing for fabulous Fuel Up to Play 60 prizes!

Puttin’ on the Glitz at ANC 2010

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Do you want to show off your lip-sync and performing talent? Well, now is your chance! This year, in lieu of a Silent Auction, the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) will be hosting the special ANC event: Puttin’ on the Glitz. This event is your chance to be creative, goof off with your colleagues and just have fun, all while helping to support SNF’s valuable educational programs. This is also your chance to show the school nutrition community in attendance why you and your team are deserving of the “ANC Glitz” title. And what would be a good lip-syncing event be without a enthusiastic audience of ANC attendees, a panel of “celebrity” SNA judges and great prizes for the winning act?!

So gather your group of performers, take your place on stage and get ready to wow the crowd! This event will take place at 6:30 pm on Sunday, July 11th at the Hilton Anatole (SNA’s Headquarters Hotel). To register your team or to learn more about Puttin’ on the Glitz, visit


Celebrate Good Times with Kool & The Gang at ANC Dallas!

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After an inspiring but intense few days of learning at SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC) in Dallas this summer, you’ll be ready to wind down your ANC experience by dancing the night away with your friends, both new and old, at the Final Event! Kool & The Gang will provide the perfect combination of catchy beats and danceable tunes to keep you in the party mood all night.

Kool & The Gang’s music blends jazz, R&B, funk and pop, a combination that took them to the top of the charts in the ‘70s and ‘80s. The group burst on to the music scene in 1969 and have had an impressive career ever since that includes two Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards, 25 top-10 R&B hits, nine top-10 pop hits and 31 gold and platinum albums. Among Kool & The Gang’s many memorable hits are “Get Down On It,” “Jungle Boogie,” “Ladies Night,” “Too Hot” and, of course, the popular “Celebration.”

As you’re making plans for your time in Dallas, be sure to be part of the fun at the Final Event, beginning at 8:00 pm on Wednesday, July 14, in the Dallas Convention Center. The cost of your ticket is included in the full ANC conference registration fee, though you must indicate your intention to attend on the Registration Form to receive a ticket.

Do you have a favorite song by Kool & The Gang? Share it here!


ANC Education Session Highlight: The CN Label: What’s it Worth to You?

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The CN Label is in the midst of a big change, moving from USDA’s Food & Nutrition Service to its Agricultural Marketing Service, which will provide oversight. What does that change mean to your school foodservice program? Find out at the ANC education entitled, “The CN Label, What’s It Worth to You?” where experts will discuss the current state of the CN Labeling Program, as well as the advantages of the program for both the school nutrition operator and industry representative.

Barry Sackin, SNS, President of B. Sackin & Associates and one of the session’s speakers shared the following insight into the session:

“While industry and operators think about the changes to the CN Label Program, it’s also a good time evaluate exactly what the CN label is and what it is worth to all stakeholders. Many district directors (and states) almost automatically request or require CN labels on their center of the plate and juice items. Why? What do they believe they are getting, and do they know what it’s costing them? Yes, there is a price attached to that additional specification. During this session, information will be shared to help you make an informed decision. What you learn may surprise you!” 

Will you be a part of the audience for this session? And what other education sessions are on your can't-miss list?


ANC Is Going to be Hot, Hot, Hot!

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Things are starting to heat up for ANC 2010 and the temps in Dallas sure won’t be the only thing sizzling this summer! SNA has rounded up red-hot general session speakers that are experts in nutrition, health and the capability to turn adversity into triumph. Also, you don’t want to miss your opportunity to experience one of the largest exhibits halls dedicated to the needs of school nutrition professionals. Get pumped up and join us for the first-ever SNA Pep Rally to cheer for our Patrons and all of the exhibiting companies that support our industry. The Culinary Demonstrations will offer you the opportunity to see firsthand new, exciting recipes to include in your menu planning.

For ANC 2010, SNA has updated its program tracks to center around the four key areas of SNA’s Keys to Excellence and Certification programs. Whether you are looking to develop new skills, enhance your existing knowledge or simply boost your career, the program has been designed so you can create a customized schedule that fits your own educational needs and earn Key Area Hours toward certification.

Play the “My Pyramids Game” during a session presented by USDA Foods; attend three, yes three, sessions to assist you in preparing for the CRE, and learn leadership qualities that spell success.

Please stop by the Child Nutrition Showcase, located near the General Session, to view poster presentations about recent research and best practices in the field of school nutrition. It’s a great way to glean new ideas for your district while meeting and mixing with colleagues from all corners of the country.

Back by popular demand! The Global Child Nutrition Foundation’s Wellness Event to Change Our World once again will feature the Zumba dance workout. Come burn some calories while showing your support for stomping out global childhood hunger!

For those of you who are regular ANC attendees, what’s YOUR favorite aspect of ANC that keeps you coming back year after year? Share your thoughts below!


ANC 2010 Big Ideas Sweepstakes Winners Announced

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Over 300 members entered the ANC 2010 Big Ideas Sweepstakes for a chance to win a free ANC registration. We are pleased to announce our three lucky and excited ANC Big Ideas Sweepstakes winners:

  • Denise Davis, Meadow Lake Elementary School, Minnesota
  • Maria Isenhower, Shawnee High School, Oklahoma
  • Terry Slater, Lynnwood High School, Washington

The three sweepstakes winners each receive a complimentary registration to SNA’s 64th Annual National Conference in Dallas, Texas. Congratulations to all!

Big Idea Highlights at ANC
All ideas are Big Ideas and we had many excellent and innovative submissions on critical topics like customer service, school breakfast participation and nutrition. Keep an eye out for your big ideas at ANC this summer, as highlights will be displayed around the Dallas Convention Center.


Make the Most of Your ANC!

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SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC) in Dallas, July 11-14, 2010, is the biggest event in school nutrition and attending will allow you and your school nutrition team to bring back big ideas to your district as you work to provide healthy meal options for students on a very tight budget.

Here are just a few reasons why you and your staff will find big value in attending ANC:

  • Big ideas from more than 80 education sessions. This year’s sessions will address everything from cost saving, financial management, reauthorization, food allergies, marketing, operations, nutrition and so much more. You can create a schedule based on your unique professional needs and interests. With so many education sessions and pre-conference sessions, school nutrition staff can work toward certification or even get certified at ANC!
  • The big value from exposure to a full array of food and equipment vendors, all under one roof. The ANC Exhibit Hall allows you to quickly compare new products and resolve issues with vendors. With more than 700 exhibits, you always find new and exciting product ideas to take back to your district.
  • The big opportunity to meet professionals who represent districts from all corners of the country. At ANC, you can work through operational problems and issues simply by talking and learning from each other.

Still need a reason to make your way with your team to Dallas this summer? When you register additional staff from the same school district in the same member category you save $30. Saving you more, while adding big value for your district!

Have you started making plans for ANC Dallas? Share them here…


Take Your Career to the Next Level at ANC 2010

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Are you looking to make even more of your ANC educational experience? This year, for the first time, SNA is offering the core courses in food safety/sanitation and nutrition at ANC to give attendees a cost-effective and convenient way to meet Level 1 certification requirements. What a big opportunity to kick start your efforts to take your career to the next level and to demonstrate your commitment to providing nutritious school meals to children all over the country!

Already certified? Consider the pre-cons on financial management, training certification and a firsthand look at the Dallas Independent School District’s central foodservice operations center.

ANC is also an opportunity to earn your School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) designation. The SNS Credentialing Exam will be administered at ANC, providing you the opportunity to enhance your professional image and add credibility to your program!

If you’re already registered for ANC, you can still add a pre-con registration to your ANC registration. You can even register onsite, though SNA recommends that you do register in advance, since pre-conference sessions do have limited space. To learn more about SNA's Certification and Credentialing programs and how you can become a part of an elite group of SNA certified or SNS credentialed professionals, click here.

Is there a pre-conference session you're excited about? Let us know by commenting below!


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