ANC in the Big D

Culinary Demonstrations at ANC

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Looking for new menu and recipe ideas? Make sure you mosey on over to the Culinary Demonstration area during the ANC Exhibit Hall hours, where six professional chefs will russell up meals that are sure to capture the attention of your students and provide healthy menu solutions.

This year, there will be six demonstrations offered during the conference. They are:

  • USDA: Chef Brad Trudeau will feature recipes with a Southwestern Flair
  • Pierre Foods: Chef Jimmy Gherardi will feature recipes from their Better For You to Smart Picks
  • MARS Foodservice: Chef Chris Skulmutch will feature recipes using Uncle Ben’s Flavored Rice Product line (whole grain brown rice)
  • Oregon Raspberry & Blackberry Commission: Chef Tom Nixon will highlight the versatility of berry use, from baked items to healthy deserts
  • PepsiCo Foodservice: Chef Stephen Kalil will prepare the winning submission in the “Meal in a Bag” Recipe Contest
  • Sunkist Foodservice: Chef Cyndie Story will turn fresh produce into affordable healthy school meal options

Each demo will last about 45 minutes, so there’s still plenty of time to go to all the exhibits. So whether you take in one or all of the Culinary Demonstrations, you’re sure to ride off with some great new ideas!

Got any winning culinary techniques or tips of your own? Share them with your peers in the comments section!


ANC Education Session Highlight: Big Ideas for Farm to School

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Need fresh ideas for incorporating exciting farm-to-school initiatives into your school meals program? If the answer is yes, you won't want to miss the ANC education session, “Big Ideas for Farm to School.” During this session, Tony Geraci, Director of Food Services for Baltimore City (Md.) Public Schools will show you how it is possible to bring fresh, locally grown and sustainable produce to your school. He should know since he envisioned and brought to fruition the Great Kids Farm, a self-supported farm located in Catonsville, Md., that is a source of fresh, locally grown produce for Baltimore City schools. The 33-acre farm also serves as a valuable teaching tool, showing students the whole process, from farm to plate.  

Come learn from his experiences on how to get kids excited about the harvests of their own greenhouses and working farms! The “Big Ideas for Farm to School” session will take place Tuesday, July 13. Be sure to refer to the onsite ANC Program Guide for additional details and the location of this session in the Dallas Convention Center.

Will you be attending this education session packed with wholesome goodness?


SNF Learning Lab at ANC 2010

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This year during ANC, the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) will be presenting a number of exciting programs through the SNF Learning Lab, which will be located in the Marketplace across from the Emporium. This is the place where you can learn more about Marketing 101, the newest online course on SNA’s School Nutrition University (SNU), as well as gather information about scholarship opportunities, upcoming Webinar Wednesdays and the Fuel Up to Play 60 program. Also, if your district is considering applying for the District of Excellence Distinction in 2010-11, you’ll want to find out about the new online application process.

The hours for the Learning Lab are as follows:
Saturday, July 10, 8:00 am–12:00 pm
Sunday, July 11, 8:00 am–12:00 pm
Monday, July 12, 8:00 am–5:00 pm
Tuesday, July 13, 8:00 am–3:30 pm
Wednesday, July 14, 8:00 am–12:00 pm

The SNF staff will be presenting short demos on Marketing 101, Keys to Excellence and Fuel Up to Play 60 throughout the day, so stop by anytime! Finally, don’t forget to enter your name in the drawing to win a free registration for the Marketing 101 course, which is worth 4 CEUs!

Looking forward to seeing you in Dallas!


Stop by the Emporium Shopping Bus

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Visit the Emporium in the SNA Marketplace at ANC, and discover the latest school nutrition merchandise. This is your opportunity to stock up on ANC Dallas keepsakes, NSLW and NSBW materials and much, much more.

Don’t forget to check out our ANC Dallas specials including the new “Ketchup is not a Vegetable” t-shirt and “Eat to Learn, Learn to Eat" products.

The Emporium is also the only place to “Meet the Authors” at four exclusive book signings.  Stop by the Emporium for dates and times.

Ketsup tshirt


Emporium tshirt


A Showcase of Best Practices and Innovative School Nutrition Research!

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One of the most valuable experiences one can have at ANC is networking with others who work in school nutrition and learning from each other. SNA’s Child Nutrition Showcase is a perfect place to do just this. The Child Nutrition Showcase features poster displays created by SNA members highlighting best practices from their programs.  Other poster displays spotlight the innovative research taking place in various academic institutions on school nutrition topics.   The best time to visit the Child Nutrition Showcase, located in the Lobby Concourse Area, Level II, is on Monday, July 12th from 12:00-2:00 pm when the authors of the poster will be available to talk one-on-one about their school nutrition best practices and research projects.  If this time doesn’t work with your schedule, you don’t have to worry as the posters will be on display both Monday and Tuesday.

All school nutrition members are encouraged to stop by the Child Nutrition Showcase to learn and get inspired by the innovative ideas of your peers!

Pottawatomie County is Ready for ANC! Are You?

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Are you ready for ANC 2010 in Dallas? Believe it or not, there are just three short weeks remaining until school nutrition professionals nationwide will start packing their bags and boarding planes to make their way to the Big D for a conference that will be as professionally and personally enriching as it will be fun and reenergizing. Whether you deplane at Love Field or Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, arrive by public transportation or navigate traffic and arrive by car, upon getting to Dallas, you will find yourself in the company of thousands of your peers.

One such group of school nutrition colleagues who will be in attendance at ANC are the 14 members of the Pottawatomie County (Okla.) School Nutrition Association (PCSNA). SNA recently spoke with PCSNA President Maria Isenhower and learned that while gathering the funds for all PCSNA members to attend was no easy task, all it required was a little creative thinking. To cover the costs, the team put their heads together and decided to hold a “Bread Sale” once a month from November 2009 to May 2010. Together they created tasty, nutritious items made from whole grain products, including Cinnamon Rolls, Cinnamon Raisin Bread and Hot Rolls. At the conclusion of this unique fundraiser, they had raised enough funds to cover 65% of all costs associated with attending, including housing and transportation. That just goes to show that even a small idea can end up being a very BIG IDEA!

The entire PCSNA crew (11 of which will be first time attendees!) is countdown mode and can hardly wait. In fact, the group is so excited about the education and networking opportunities that ANC will provide, that they have already started planning the “Bread Sale” fundraiser for ANC 2011 in Nashville. “Being able to relate to people who work in the school nutrition profession as we do is what we’re most excited about,” said Maria Isenhower.

PCSNA members, we can’t wait to see you in the Big D! Does your school or district have a unique story about attending ANC? Share your story with us! 

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?


ANC 2010: Section Meeting Preview (Part 2)

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In addition to providing valuable information, the ANC Membership Section Meetings are perhaps one of your best opportunities to connect with like-minded colleagues from districts around the country, with whom you can discuss shared challenges and exchange best-practice solutions. As you can see, there is certain a lot on tap for College, Employee/Manager and State Agency members this year!

College Section Meeting, Monday, July 12, 4:30–5:30 pm
SNA College Sections members have a great opportunity! With increasing media coverage and increased public interest in school nutrition, more students are likely to be interested/attracted to this field. This year's College Section meeting at ANC will provide school nutrition educator and student members the chance to learn about programs like the SNS Internship program that are capitalizing on this opportunity. Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss other ways of enhancing the connection between academia and practice in the field of school nutrition. This interactive session is sure to generate interesting ideas that will help strengthen the next generation of school nutrition professional!

Employee/Manager Section Meeting, Wednesday, July 14, 3:45–5:15 pm
Efrain Guerrero (aka “Happy”) will be the presenter at the Employee/Manager section meeting. Happy will inspire, motivate and make you laugh to the point of tears as he demonstrates how to develop a positive self esteem and outlook on life. What a great way to wrap up ANC 2010 by attending this uplifting and good-old Texas hospitality presentation. Happy is a legend in the Lone Star State and you will want to pack some of his wisdom back in your saddle bag before heading home.

State Agency Section Meeting, Wednesday, July 14, 3:45–5:45 pm
The State Agency section discussion will provide highlights on Child Nutrition Reauthorization, Administration proposals and an opportunity for extensive Q&A for state agency representatives to speak with USDA officials. An update from the National Food Service Management Institute will also be provided.

For more details about the annual session for your SNA membership section, please check the onsite ANC Program Guide.

Are you looking forward to reconnecting with old friends….or gaining new ones…during ANC 2010? Or perhaps you have a story of a friendship gained from a previous ANC. Share it in the comments section!

ANC 2010: Section Meeting Preview (Part 1)

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Did you know that there is a meeting at ANC just for you!? The Membership Section Meetings are designed with the needs of your particular professional level in mind and include important updates about current and upcoming SNA initiatives and other key issues. Here is a look at this year’s section meetings for District and Major City Directors/Supervisors:

District Director/Supervisor Section Meeting, Wednesday, July 14, 3:45–5:15 pm
Pat McCoy, Vice President Field Sales for Schwan’s Food Service, will speak about how to create a strategic business plan for school nutrition programs. Everyday, school nutrition professionals are expecting to deal with a growing list of concerns. From rising food costs to nutrition standards, special diets to high labor costs, the list of demands keeps growing!   Attendees will learn the tricks to developing a successful business plan that helps them tackle the seemingly overwhelming issues facing school nutrition programs and run their operations more efficiently.

Major City Director/Supervisor Section Meeting, Wednesday, July 14, 3:45–5:15 pm
Keith Ayoob, EdD, RD, FADA, Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, will present on the importance of breakfast, how the expansion is crucial for healthier children and share some fascinating data on this topic. Dr. Ayoob, who has previously presented at SNA’s Legislative Action Conference (LAC), is ever popular because of his content and delivery. Participants will also have a rare opportunity to discus other various topics with Dr. Ayoob—from how to deal with parents of allergic children to program cost containment and any topic or concern you want to discuss. Dr. Ayoob believes in talking about separating ideology from science and making sure we really know what research says…. plan to attend this meeting and plan to join in this informal discussion.

Are you a District or Major City Director? If yes, what’s your favorite part of these meetings? Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Stay tuned tomorrow for a preview of section meetings for College, Employee/Manager and State Agency members!



Encourage Your Chapter Leaders to Attend Chapter Leadership Day!

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Attention chapter leaders! Has your chapter lost its spark? Bring it back to life with SNA’s 5th Annual Chapter Leadership Day at ANC, taking place on Saturday, July 10th, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, in the Dallas Convention Center. This unique event is your opportunity to gather the fresh ideas that will help you lead your chapter through a successful year, as well as develop programs and services that will enhance your chapter and allow you to attract and retain members. Presentations by experts will cover topics such as planning your year of leadership, growing membership, building strong chapters and leading effective meetings. You also will learn more about all the SNA resources at your disposal.

All chapter leaders are encouraged to attend this event. If you haven't been before, isn’t it about time you checked out this event packed with plenty of big ideas and great networking to boot?! If you would like to attend, be sure to indicate your intention to attend in the Special Functions section when registering for ANC 2010. Cost: $25.00 (includes lunch)


Need Inspiration? Attend ANC General Sessions!

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Network and build lasting relationships? Check. Peruse the offerings of hundreds of exhibitors? Check. Learn the latest and greatest about school nutrition? Check. And yet, there are even more benefits to attending ANC 2010, including being inspired at this year’s General Session.

The Opening General Session on Sunday, July 11th, is sure to start your conference experience on a high note. Leading off is the Parade of States and the Year in Review, which highlights a year’s worth of SNA’s memorable changes and BIG accomplishments. Next, attendees will cheer on the winners of the President’s Award of Excellence, Louise Sublette Award of Excellence, Heart of the Program Award, Outstanding Director of the Year Award and Individual Industry Member of Year Award. Finally, capping off the session is keynote speaker, Dr. Rovenia Brock.  “Dr. Ro” is a leading nutrition coach and health journalist who is renowned for her easy-to-apply diet and fitness tips. Dr. Ro will also be holding a book signing after the General Session of her book, Dr. Ro’s Ten Secrets to Livin’ Healthy.

The Second General Session on Tuesday, July 13th, is all about celebrating the BIG value you get in return for your SNA membership. Come hear more about exciting opportunities from the School Nutrition Foundation and learn what's happening in Congress on Child Nutrition Reauthorization and, of course, you won’t want to miss applauding the achievements of the 2010 District of the Year, which will be revealed during the session. Also, SNA Past President and current USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Dr. Janey Thornton, SNS, will be making a special appearance. Dr. Thornton will be sharing more about how the HealthierUS School Challenge, how it ties in to First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! campaign and how your school nutrition program can benefit. Ellie Krieger, the best-selling cookbook author and star of the Food Network's hit show, "Healthy Appetite," is the day's highly-anticipated keynote speaker. A book signing will take place in the Emporium following General Session.

The Closing General Session promises to be as engaging as the previous two sessions, so be sure to get a seat on Wednesday, July 14th. Outgoing SNA President Dora Rivas, RD, SNS, will share insight into what she’s learned from her state visits during her time as president, while incoming SNA President Nancy Rice, SNS, will detail the Association’s plans for the year ahead. This session also marks the beginning of a new chapter in Association history with the installation of the 2010-11 Board of Directors. Then, get ready to be inspired by keynote speaker Marion Luna Brem. As the author of The 7 Greatest Truths about Successful Women and Women Make the Best Salesmen, Brem will share her passion for empowering others to succeed. A book signing will take place in the Emporium following General Session.

Now that you’ve read about each of the General Sessions, which one are you most looking forward to? Leave a comment below and share with your fellow members!


ANC 2010: A Message from the Program Co-Chair

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I am so excited to be the Program Co-Chair for ANC Dallas and to be a part of an amazing team that has put together what I would say is one of the best conferences yet! It is unbelievable how many calls for proposals we received and I think you’ll be impressed by the scope of this year’s educational program.

With more than 80 sessions from which to choose and so many topics of interest, I imagine it’ll be hard for you to decide which ones to attend. We’ve lined up experts to speak on everything related to school nutrition programs—from “Nutrition 101: Simple Facts Applied to School Meals” to “Receiving and Your Bottom Line: Little Things Make Big Differences.” I encourage you to start looking over the sessions today by clicking here and start jotting down the ones that peak your interest. That way you can hit the ground running when you arrive next month. Don’t forget to check out the pre-conference sessions, too! I’m particularly thrilled by Saturday’s pre-con, “The Big D: Dallas ISD Operations.” I’ve had the opportunity to check out Dallas ISD’s foodservice operations center and I have one word to describe it: AMAZING!

Of course, when the learning is done for the day, the evening hours are a great time to take in the many sights of Dallas and to get caught up with your colleagues from across the nation. Speaking of checking out the sights, I’m thinking of signing up for one of the Dallas tours. Hmm…which tour looks good to you? Or perhaps you’re a Dallas native and can recommend different attractions to explore! Don’t be shy…share your thoughts below!

ANC in the Big D is sure to be a time for Learning, Networking, Laughing and, of course, Having Fun! I can’t wait and I hope you can’t either!

Cindy Brooks,
ANC Program Co-Chair


Your Big Ideas for School Nutrition II

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Over 300 excellent were submitted to the ANC Big Ideas Sweepstakes and thank you for all of your wonderful entries. Here are some of the BIG ideas sent in by your colleagues on how to help school nutrition programs thrive:

“Use holidays and special weeks to emphasize nutrition related ideas. For example, at Halloween let students draw a fruit monster then talk about fruit.” – Sara Burgess, Laurens County School District 55, South Carolina

“Call, visit or write to your legislators (federal, state and/or local) and invite them to come and have lunch at school and raise awareness of limited budgets and facilities. We should also be proud to show how we are feeding our children the most nutritious and appealing meals we can.”Kathy Zipperstein, SNS, Beaumont USD, California

“Color code the food items on the line to coincide with the food pyramid colors and instruct children that they need to have at least three colors on their tray.” – Judith Gallo, Flagler County Public Schools, Florida

“We offer the parents in our district a "Lunch Lay-Away" program every summer. Parents can apply money to their children’s accounts all summer and if they pay for half or the entire year of lunches they receive 10 or 20 "free days.” This alleviates a lot of charging issues and helps our cash flow.” – Barbara Bumgardner, SNS, Middleton School District #134, Idaho

“The best way to view student eating habits is to ‘Walk About’ the cafeteria as students eat. You can see what’s being eaten, what’s not and talk to the students about healthy choices and show you care.  The ‘Walk About’ helps shape our menu.” – Cheryl Dixon, Kittery School Department, Maine

“Sometimes we may not be feeling up to par and then it is easier to frown instead of smile. We place a mirror near our serving line so we can remind ourselves to smile as we welcome our students through the lunch lines. Customer service is key!" – Kimberley Holloway, Washington County Public Schools, Virginia

“We have added carrot and celery sticks on the serving line. Students may take as many or as little as they want for free. We also offer ranch dressing to go with the veggies, but shhh they don’t know its reduced fat!” – Doris Dunham, Manchester-Shortsville CSD, New York

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.


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