ANC in the Big D

Discover Dallas: Top Eight Things To Do While in the Big D

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ANC 2010 is certainly the place to come for professional development. But with such a fantastic city at your fingertips, you’re also encouraged to take time to discover a city built on big dreams, freshly blazed trails and an attitude that all things are possible. Dallas certainly lives up to its slogan of “Live Large. Think Big,” with endless entertainment, dining, shopping and cultural experiences to be had in every direction.

You could easily spend a month exploring the Big D, but to help you hit the ground running, here is a guide to several of the city’s “must-see” attractions. Also, be sure to check out the various tours being offered during the conference by clicking here. To learn more about what there is to see and do while in Dallas, visit

Old Red Courthouse & Museum
This attraction is dedicated to inspiring and educating visitors about the rich and varied cultural, economic, political and social history of Dallas. There is a special exhibit gallery located on the 1st floor, while the 2nd floor is filled with exhibits, 41-touch screen computers, an educational learning center and four mini theatres.

Dallas Museum of Art and Nasher Sculpture Center
At the Dallas Museum of Art, you can peruse more than 23,000 works of art from around the world, while across the street at the Nasher Sculpture Center, you will find a rotating display of one of the world’s greatest collections of modern sculpture.

The Sixth Floor Museum
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza chronicles the assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy and presents contemporary culture within the context of presidential history.

Deep Ellum
Described as a little New Orleans and Southern SoHo, Deep Ellum is a trendy and hip area of modern Dallas. Deep Ellum today offers avant-garde cuisine, galleries, retail, bars and live music.

Cowboys Stadium
Whether you're a Cowboys fan or not, you’ll be amazed by this state-of-the-art structure, featuring one of the largest domed roofs in the world, as well as impressive retractable glass doors on each end zone and a massive center-field video board.

Dallas Zoo
The Dallas Zoo is a 95-acre park boasting an impressive collection of animal species and an education department that offers fascinating, fun programs for all ages.

Dallas Arboretum
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is a 66-acre botanical garden located in east Dallas on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake. The arboretum is a series of gardens and fountains with a view of the lake and the downtown Dallas skyline.

National Cowgirl Museum
The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, located in Fort Worth, honors and celebrates women, past and present, whose lives exemplify the courage, resilience, and independence that helped shape the American West, and fosters an appreciation of the ideals and spirit of self-reliance they inspire.


ANC Education Session Highlight: Nutrition Hot Topics

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Einstein College of Medicine professor, author and spokesman for the American Dietetic Association, Dr. Keith-Thomas Ayoob will discuss an array of current nutritional issues in the education session “Nutrition Hot Topics,” separating fact from perception. Dr. Ayoob is co-author of the book, The Uncle Sam Diet, based on the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Recently, SNA asked Dr. Ayoob about the changes he anticipates in the not-yet-released 2010 Dietary Guidelines and how the new guidelines may impact school lunch programs. Here is his response:

“The jury is still out on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines, as they will be announced later this year. There have been hints that these guidelines will be a bit more prescriptive. Usually the guidelines are targeted to meet or exceed the needs of the majority of healthy people. Now however, most adult Americans are overweight or obese—about 2 out of 3, at least. So the guidelines will probably be focused on nutrition issues pertinent to dealing with obesity and the health complications of obesity, like heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, etc. Of course, that doesn’t mean people will actually adhere to the guidelines either. People still aren’t getting enough fruits, vegetables, lowfat dairy foods or whole grains. 
Childhood obesity is a hot topic. It’s probably a good idea to consider strategies that reduce fat and unnecessary sugar. That said, I hope we don’t go down the dangerous path of “overachievement.” By that, I mean taking all the added sodium or added sugar out of things. People adapt best when things are done very gradually. Also, issues like removal of all flavored milk, especially the lowfat and fat-free flavored milk, seem to make almost no sense, given that kids tend to drink less when they don’t have choices they like. Besides, a little judicious use of sugar can really drive the consumption of a nutrient-rich food, and it certainly beats kids avoiding milk, then ending the school day thirsty and going out and buying a 24-oz bottle of soda that has more sugar in one bottle than a whole week’s worth of flavored lowfat milk. Then again, I think of what the child will be eating for the whole day. Legislation is often shortsighted, taking into account only what happens during school hours. On the positive side, I hope the guidelines emphasize the importance of breakfast, and that could be great for school breakfast programs, so I’m remaining optimistic.

The “Nutrition Hot Topics” session will take place Wednesday, July 14, at 1:15 pm. Be sure to refer to the onsite ANC Program Guide for additional details and for the room location of this session in the Dallas Convention Center.

Will you be attending this informative session?


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