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The ANC Exhibit Hall is Full of Fun Possibilities!

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Year after year, ANC proves to be a fun and engaging experience for attendees. This is especially true of the Exhibit Hall. Here is a list of the events/features that will keep you smiling from the moment you step on to the exhibit floor till the moment you exit:

School Nutrition’s “Rock the Jukebox” Scavenger Hunt
Don’t forget to participate in School Nutrition magazine’s annual Exhibit Hall Scavenger Hunt. All you need to do is visit participating exhibitors and request that they mark your playing card (found in your onsite Program Guide) and return the completed card to the SN booth in the Exhibit Hall to enter a drawing for many fabulous prizes. Winners will be posted at the SN booth on Wednesday, July 13. All foodservice operator and state agency attendees are eligible to participate.

Directors’ All-Access Pass
If you’re an SNA member at the Major City or District Director level, you won’t want to miss the special Exhibit Hall time, Tuesday, July 12, 9:00–11:00 am, that has been set aside for you to walk the aisles and network with exhibitors. As you enter the Exhibit Hall during this special time, be sure to pick up your an “All-Access Pass” card. Visit the identified number of booths and drop it off at the Exhibit Hall entrance by the end of this special time and you will be entered into a drawing to win a 2012 meetings package!

Catch the Moment
Come have your photo taken in a unique conference memorabilia setting at the Catch the Moment booth. Each guest will receive a personalized photograph to remind them of their exciting visit to Music City. Choose from an exciting selection of backgrounds, including the cover of School Nutrition magazine. Sponsored by PepsiCo Foodservice.

ANC 2010 Photo: The Food Channel/David Nehmer

Culinary Demonstrations
Here you will discover new ideas and innovative ways to enhance school meals. Get ideas for new recipes and presentation skills to help increase participation. Hone your edge by learning culinary techniques and nutrition tips.

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. Sponsored by Uncle Ben’s.

Plus, don’t forget, the ANC Flash Mob dance will be happening in the Exhibit Hall on Wednesday, July 13, at 11:45 am, so be to get the ‘Good Time’-energy flowing with a little heel-to-toe swivel action!

Have you ever had your picture taken at the Catch the Moment booth? What background did you choose? Or did you ever participate in the Scavenger Hunt and win a prize? If so, what did you win?

Are you ready to show your moves during the ANC Flash Mobs on Monday and Wednesday of the conference?


ANC 2011: A Conference with Your Needs in Mind

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If you’ve been keeping up with all the updates, you’ll know that there are now more than 90 education sessions lined up for you to choose from in Nashville. With such a scope of sessions and topics lined up, you’ll be able to create a schedule of sessions that are directly relevant to your training needs. The ANC 2011 education tracks group sessions into four categories: Operations, Nutrition, Administration and Communications & Marketing. Also, to focus your training even more, keep an eye out for icons indicating special Leadership, Tech Central and Hot Topic sessions in the pages of your onsite ANC Program Guide.

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One particular education session you’ll want to attend is “Make the Most of Your SNA Membership,” on Sunday, July 10, at 1:15 pm. Here’s what the speaker of this session, SNA Member Services Committee Chair Chris Neal, SNS, had to say about the session: “Come hear about the exciting benefits that come with being a member of SNA. You’ll learn how to take advantage of the many online learning opportunities through SNA, get ideas on how to increase membership in your local and state associations and get jazzed about networking with other school nutrition employees.”

Also, did you know that there’s 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. The 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. For the time of your meeting, see the Schedule at a Glance. For more details about the annual session for your SNA membership section, click here.

Are you looking forward to reconnecting with old friends….or gaining new ones…during ANC 2011? Or perhaps you have a story of a friendship gained from a previous ANC? Share it in the comments section!


ANC is the Place to Discover New Products and New Ideas

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Where can you get a first glimpse of what’s new and hot to the school nutrition market? The ANC New Product Showcase, of course! So make sure you stop by the display case located near Registration in Delta Lobby B (Level 2) in the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center! Twenty-four companies are currently lined up to showcase their innovations that have been introduced into the school nutrition market within the last year. To view a list of the companies participating and their products, download the New Product Showcase listing (pdf).

Photo: EZ Event Photography

You will be able to view the New Product Showcase throughout the entire conference, although the best time to get your up-close look at the highlighted products is on Saturday, July 9, and Sunday, July 10, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

While you’re in the Registration area, be sure to also stop by the School Nutrition Foundation’s (SNF) Learning Lab, where you will find fresh, new ideas for enhancing your career with SNF’s exciting programs. You will be able to hear short presentations about Breakfast in the Classroom, the HealthierUS School Challenge, National Dairy Council’s Fuel Up to Play 60 program and more. The Learning Lab will be open Sunday-Wednesday, check the Conference at a Glance in your onsite ANC Program Guide for hours of operation.

Are you looking to introduce some of the latest product innovations in your district to get students excited? Be sure to take at least one pass by the New Product Showcase!

Think you know everything that SNF is up to these days? We bet you’d be surprised at just how many opportunities and programs they’re working on to help advance the careers of SNA members!


CONNECT with the New School Nutrition Network!

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As past attendees will attest, there's no place like ANC for connecting you with your school nutrition colleagues across the country. But what about the rest of the year?! To help you stay connected and engaged with your peers throughout the year, SNA is launching the School Nutrition Network (SNN), the online professional community created exclusively for SNA members to share ideas and learn from each other.


We hope you will find that having access to member forums, blogs and discussion groups is an exciting new benefit! To get a hands-on demo on how to maximize your SNN experience, stop by the Member Services Booth during ANC. You can also attend the ANC education session, “Introducing SNA’s New School Nutrition Network,” on Tuesday, July 12, 2:15-3:15 pm, to hear all about this virtual school nutrition community.

In the meantime, you can explore the SNN by logging in today and building your personal profile. All you need to log in to the SNN is your SNA website username and password. Once logged in, you can connect with colleagues around the country who share your common interest: a passion for child nutrition. The presence of your profile will help grow the community and make other members feel at home on SNN.

Have you already created your profile on SNN? If not, what are you waiting for?! Visit today!


The Emporium Shopping Bus is Making a Stop at ANC

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Beep Beep! The SNA Emporium Shopping Bus will be rolling into the SNA Marketplace at ANC in just a few short weeks! Make sure you allow time in your ANC conference agenda to hop on in to discover the latest school nutrition merchandise! From ANC Nashville keepsakes and the updated “Serving Up Excellence” collection, to the new National School Lunch Week and National School Breakfast Week materials… and much, much more… this is your opportunity to stock up for the school year ahead!


The Emporium is also where you can pick up SNA’s most recent school nutrition research, including the 2011 edition of the Little Big Fact Book, as well as the 2011 Operations Report, which will be hot off the press!
Finally, the Emporium once again will be the place where you can “Meet the Authors” during the four exclusive signings by ANC education session and general session speakers.

What’s the best Emporium purchase you’ve made at ANC?

Which ANC 2011 general session speaker would you most like to meet?


ANC 2011: Must-See Music City Experiences

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ANC 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 the city affectionately known as “Music City” and the “Country Music Capital of the World.” You could easily spend a month exploring Nashville, but even if you have only a few days, you can still explore the sights!

For starters, the Gaylord Opryland complex is a destination in it of itself, with nine-acre of lush indoor gardens, waterways and waterfalls. It also boasts a variety of restaurants, shopping and entertainment options all day long. If that’s not enough to keep you busy when ANC learning is done for the day, you should consider taking advantage of the Music City Total Access Pass offered through the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau. This allows you to choose four of the city’s top attractions (from a list of eighteen) to visit for only $50. To learn more about this offer, visit

Photo: Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau

Here are just four of Nashville’s attractions you shouldn’t leave town without seeing:

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
This isn't just a museum; it's an experience, an exciting and entertaining destination in Nashville with something for everyone. Rhinstone costumes, seasoned instruments and lyric sheets are only the beginning. Add incredible architecture along with our famous southern hospitality, and a day at the museum turns into the memories of a lifetime.

Grand Ole Opry House Backstage Tour
Learn the fascinating story of the Grand Ole Opry with a tour of the Grand Ole Opry House. Walk in the footsteps of country music's superstars and get an exclusive look at what happens behind the scenes of the show that made country music. Tours are usually available every day, but please call in advance to confirm tour availability.

Ryman Auditorium
Take a little journey through entertainment history with a daytime tour of the Ryman Auditorium, the most famous former home of the Grand Ole Opry. Learn about the people and events that shaped the Ryman's past and present and step onto the historic stage to have your photo taken. Exhibits include Johnny & June at the Ryman, plus Grand Ole Opry 1940s through the 1970s.

The Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson
Open the windows of time at the 1830s home of America's 7th President, Andrew Jackson, and encounter the era and people that shaped a young nation's future. Discover the past through the orientation film, exhibit gallery and museum, slave cabins, personal collection of the family and slaves, mansion tours, horse-drawn wagon tours and seasonal walking tours.

Of course, these are just a few of the many sightseeing attractions and things to do in Nashville. There’s so much more to see and discover! What will your individual Music City experience entail? That’s up to you! To help you hit the ground running, visit the Nashville’s official visitor and tourism website at

Are you a Nashville local or have you been to Music City before? What would YOU recommend your fellow school nutrition colleagues include on their “must-see” list?

First time to Nashville? What are you most looking forward to seeing?


ANC General Sessions Are Where it’s at for Inspiration!

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Time is ticking down to the start of ANC, and SNA is busy putting the last-minute touches on this year’s ANC General Sessions, the central conference event that brings all conference attendees together at the end of the day to connect, celebrate and be inspired. Only at the school nutrition event of the year can you find such a moving and exciting mix of keynote speakers.

Here’s a sneak peek into the highlights of the ANC 2011 General Sessions:

ANC 2010 Photo: The Food Channel/David Nehmer

The Opening General Session on Sunday, July 10th, will be an amazing start to what will be an amazing conference. After the annual Parade of States, you will take a look back on the highlights and successes of an eventful year in school nutrition. You will also help recognize those talented and deserving individuals who have won the following awards:
President's Awards of Excellence
Membership Growth Awards
Louise Sublette Award of Excellence
Heart of the Program Award
Director of the Year Award
Industry Member of the Year Award
To top it all off, Keynote Speaker Janine Driver will help you understand what you’re saying with your body language so that you can project the best image of you every day, whether in the workplace or in the community.

The Second General Session on Tuesday, July 12th, will bring you up to speed on the latest in school nutrition legislation and highlight all the great educational programs available from the School Nutrition Foundation. SNA Past President and current USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Dr. Janey Thornton, SNS, will be on hand to provide an update on the HealthierUS School Challenge and introduce a special guest: Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan, who will discuss the USDA’s work on the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act and the efforts to finalize the new meal patterns.

Tuesday’s session is also your chance to see if you can cheer the loudest when the 2011 District of the Year is revealed. And finally, no stranger to cheers, Olympic Gold Medalist and Motivational Speaker Dominique Dawes will take the ANC stage to share her inspiring story and message for helping America’s youth achieve their dreams. Just wait until you share with your student customers next school year that you heard from a gold-medal-winning Olympian!

The Closing General Session on Wednesday, July 13th, will wind down the Nashville experience in true SNA style and will give you a glimpse into the ongoing efforts of the Global Child Nutrition Foundation to fight child hunger in the U.S. and around the world. This session also officially marks the start of another year for the Association with the installation of the new members of the SNA Board of Directors. Outgoing SNA President Nancy Rice, SNS, will share her thoughts on SNA’s accomplishments from the past year, while incoming SNA President Helen Phillips, SNS, will discuss her plans for SNA in the year ahead.

Then, get ready to be wowed by the work and the words of Acclaimed Chef, Conservationist and Keynote Speaker Barton Seaver, whose goal is to restore our relationship with the ocean, the land and with each other through dinner. As the author of the new book, For Cod and Country, Seaver will share his compelling experiences as a chef and sustainability advocate.

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 attendees!


Child Nutrition Showcase: Connect to New Ideas

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Are you hoping to get some new ideas and learn from what your peers are doing while at ANC?  If so, the Child Nutrition Showcase is the place for you! Located in Delta Lobby A, the Child Nutrition Showcase will feature 30 posters on best practices and recent research in the field of school nutrition. Stop by on Monday, July 11th between 12:00 and 2:00 pm and get the inside scoop on these best practices and learn how the latest research in school nutrition can help your program straight from the source by talking with the authors of the posters.

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This year’s poster topics include farm to school, marketing & branding, ways to motivate staff, going green, nutrition education initiatives and food safety training practices.

Which of these topics are you most interested in learning about?


Maximize Your ANC 2011 Educational Experience!

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Are you a new director attending ANC? Or do you know a new director who is planning to attend? Well, be sure to sign up to attend a special education session designed especially for you! The "I Knew I Was New...but Wow!" session, to be held Sunday, July 10, will connect you to the many resources at your disposal to help you find your footing and gain insights on using them to achieve success for your program. Plus, you will hear from seasoned directors how involvement in SNA meetings helped them take advantage of a wealth of information and make important connections. So sign up and bring your questions to this lively discussion!

Not a new director but looking to get the most out of your ANC educational experience? Don’t miss out on the opportunity to attend one of the pre-conference sessions being offered this year! You won’t go wrong choosing any of the seven choices—from “Back to the Future with Scratch Cooking” and “Produce: Get It Local and Keep It Safe” to the NFSMI courses “Foundations for Training Excellence” and “Financial Management.” Also, you can become SNA Level I Certified during ANC by taking both “Nutrition 101” and “Food Safety & Sanitation: Serving It Safe.” Finally, if you’re interested in going for the gold in the HealthierUS Schools Challenge, the “HealthierUS Challenge” session will provide everything you need to know to get you on your way!

For the new directors out there, what are you looking forward to most about ANC next month?

Have you signed up for a pre-conference session yet? If not, better hurry!


Culinary Demonstrations at ANC

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Looking for new menu and recipe ideas? Be sure to make your way over to the Culinary Demonstration area during the Exhibit Hall hours, where professional chefs will create meals that will sure to capture the attention of your students and provide healthy menu solutions.

Photo: The Food Channel/David Nehmer

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

  • AdvancePierre Foods: Chef Jimmy Gherardi will demonstrate the balancing act between recipe creativity, dietary requirements and the need to increase participation
  • ConAgra Foodservice: Chef Jeff Henderson will prepare three easy recipes featuring Ultragrain whole-wheat flour and Ultragrain pasta
  • Fishery Products International/High Liner Foods: Chef Jerry Maltese will create flaky and delicious Pollock Tacos using unbreaded Alaska Pollock wedges available through the USDA Foods commodity program
  • MARS Foodservices: Chef Chris Skolmutch will showcase on-trend, simple-to-prepare recipes that meet strict nutritional guidelines and feature Uncle Ben’s® rice
  • National Food Service Management Institute: Chef Lee Craven will demonstrate selected recipes from NFSMI’s newly revised Healthy Cuisine for Kids training, highlighting various culinary techniques for working with whole grains and USDA Foods
  • USDA, Food & Nutrition Service: Chef David Owens will highlight the versatility and healthy profiles of a variety of items available through the USDA Foods commodity program

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 walk away with some great new ideas!

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


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