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Happy (Early) 4th and Just One Week till ANC 2011!

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Happy 4th of July weekend! Do you and your family have good food, lots of sun, fireworks and fun times on the agenda for this weekend? We hope it is a wonderful weekend, as well as a relaxing break before ramping up to attend the school nutrition event of the year! That’s right, ANC is just over a week away! Can you believe it?! SNA staff hardly can, but that’s not to say we’re not ready to put on one great conference for you and your school nutrition peers! And we know we’re not the only ones excited… we’ve been hearing lots of feedback from members about just how ready they are to—in keeping with our conference theme—“CONNECT in Nashville!”

Photo: The Food Channel/David Nehmer

Here’s what ANC Program Chair Cindy Brooks is saying about ANC:

“OMG, I can hardly believe ANC Nashville is just a week away! It has been the vision of SNA President Nancy Rice for this past year to provide quality educational sessions and networking opportunities through SNA meetings… and ANC Nashville will be no exception! There is always one conference that stands out in your mind, and I’m quite certain when you return home from Nashville, ANC 2011 will be that conference you always remember! If you’re still on that fence deciding whether you should attend or not… remember, it’s not too late to register onsite for the conference. So, I suggest you leap off that fence, pack your bags and join thousands of your school nutrition peers at ANC! Also, don’t forget to practice the dance for the Flash Mob that will take place on Monday and Wednesday during the conference. See ya’ll in Nashville!”

We also hope that you remember that ANC is the place to engage your mind, celebrate your passion and nourish your future! Actually, there are so many words to sum up ANC. Inspire, Empower, Renew—the possibilities are limitless at ANC!

So what three words would you use to describe ANC? Or what three words describe what you hope to take away from your conference experience?




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?


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