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ANC 2011: A Message from the Program Chair

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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


The “Good Time”-energy Will Be Flowing at ANC 2011!

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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?


Better Hurry! The ANC Regular Rate Discount Ends June 3rd!

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If you haven’t yet registered for ANC 2011, this is your last opportunity to take advantage of the Regular Rate registration deadline. SNA will only accept registration at the Regular Rate until June 3rd, a savings to you of $50. But hurry—after that date, all registrations received will be charged at the Onsite Rate.

ANC promises to be an exciting time of learning and growth, with thousands of school nutrition professionals like you joining together to get connected to the ideas and solutions that will make a difference in your operation and in the lives of children. Whether you’re new to school nutrition or at the height of your career, this conference is your chance to take your knowledge and skills to the next level.

Of course, you don’t just have to take our word about how worthwhile ANC is! Check out the top 10 reasons why Tennesse SNA President Melissa Livesay will be ready to “Connect in Nashville”:
2. Dynamic speakers!
3. CEU credits
4. Emporium – best place for purchasing school nutrition merchandise
5. Exhibits – vendor contacts, new products, taste testing, culinary demonstrations and much, much more!
6. The State Award Ceremony – celebrate the efforts of the state presidents and winners of Louise Sublette, Heart of the Program and Outstanding Director of the Year awards
7. Networking...networking...networking!
8. Puttin’ on the Glitz – On the stage or in the audience, get ready for a good time!
9. Fabulous entertainment – Alan Jackson – what could be better? And this event will be held at the world-famous Grand Ole Opry House!
10. Pre-conference sessions, SNS Credentialing Exam, Member Section Meetings, Wellness Event and Child Nutrition Showcase… okay, that’s a few more than 10, but you can find all this and more in my home state of Tennessee. Hope to see you in Music City!

Do you still need to register for ANC 2011? Better hurry!

What are your top reasons for attending ANC?


ANC 2011: It’s Friday! Time to Provide Your Best Caption!

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Happy Friday, everyone! It’s time once again for a little ANC “Provide the Caption” fun! A few weeks ago, we chose a photo taken at ANC 2010 and asked you to show off your creative, funny side by commenting with your best caption. A few of you certainly had fun with it… check out the clever captions here.

So, without further adieu… check out another great Exhibit Hall photo from ANC 2010. I’m telling ya, you just never know what you are going to see when walking all the aisles of the show floor!

Photo: The Food Channel/David Nehmer

Got a caption for this photo? How about:

“Occupational Hazard #72: Tongs on the Brain.”

“Wow man, you’ve really got work on the brain.”

“What can I say, long day. I guess this is why us school nutrition professionals need a lunch break of our own!”

“Come on now, the tongs look is SO yesterday… Lady Gaga has already been there, worn this.”

Can you come up with a caption to make everyone laugh? Give it a try.



ANC 2011: A Learning Experience Like No Other

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Did you know that you have the opportunity to become Level 1 certified during ANC? Yup, all you have to do is arrive in Nashville a few days early and attend the pre-conference sessions, “Nutrition 101” and “Food Safety & Sanitation: Serving It Safe.” It’s that simple! You even get an added bonus of a $80 savings when you sign up for both courses. Why pass up such an opportunity? Of course, if you're already certified, there are five additional pre-conference sessions that will cover an array of topics—from financial management and scratch cooking to produce safety and trainer certification. Pre-conference sessions are a great way to earn Key Area Hours for initial certification or for moving up a level.

Of course, if you can’t make it to Nashville in time for pre-conference training, you will still have more than 90 regular education sessions to choose from! With such a broad selection of sessions, you can easily create a schedule that is directly relevant to you, your job and the challenges you face right now. If you haven’t already done so, get a head start on your ANC learning experience by looking over the session lineup and start noting the ones you want to include on your “must attend” list. This week, 11 new education sessions were added, including “First Connections for First Timers” and “The Image of Processed Foods.” Check them out and pick and choose, mix and match the right ones for YOU!

Three of the sessions you may want to include on your conference agenda are those concerning SNA’s new Chef’s Table program:

Sunday, July 10: “The Building Blocks for a Successful Chef’s Move to Schools Launch”
Tuesday, July 12: “Is Your Food Exciting Enough to Turn a Profit & Earn Student Approval?”
Wednesday, July 13: “Too Few Cooks in the Kitchen and Culinary Talent Down the Drain?”

These are go-to sessions in you’re looking to get involved in the First Lady’s “Let’s Move!” initiative. The speakers for these sessions, including an all-star cast of chefs, will share their knowledge and experience to help you develop standards for your school’s Chef’s Move program and establish your own network of culinary talent. They will also enlighten you with practical ways to enhance your menus with taste-tested, hot new food trends.

Have you perused through the education session listing? What sessions pop out and are sure to be on your ANC agenda?


Get “A Taste of School Nutrition” at ANC 2011

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Do you know a college student or recent graduate interested in making school nutrition their career of choice? Well, invite them to attend ANC on Monday, July 11, from 10:00 am-4:30 pm, for “A Taste of School Nutrition.” SNA has organized this new, one-day experience to give interested students and recent graduates a more in-depth glimpse into the K-12 school nutrition profession by:

  • Connecting one-on-one with a school nutrition professional
  • Experiencing the ANC Exhibit Hall, featuring more than 300 booths highlighting the latest new products, equipment, software and trends in school nutrition
  • Learning about current research and best practices during the Child Nutrition Showcase poster presentations
  • Exploring school nutrition topics during conference educational sessions
  • Participating in a panel discussion of school nutrition career opportunities

Those interested in attending “A Taste of School Nutrition” simply need to register for the conference as a student. The registration fee for student members is just $75. This will allow them to attend the whole conference, including “A Taste of School Nutrition” on Monday. SNA will follow up with those registered with additional details.  You can also learn more at

Do you know an intern working in your school district or student attending college that might be interested?

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