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School Nutrition Professionals to “Walk” from LA to Chicago this Year

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Contact: Erik Peterson
703-739-3900 ext 124
epeterson@schoolnutrition.org

School Nutrition Professionals to “Walk” from LA to Chicago this Year

LOS ANGELES (July 18, 2006) – The hardworking men and women that plan, prepare and serve 30 million school lunches each day in America’s schools, are going for a walk. Members of the School Nutrition Association will serve as role models to students in the school environment by participating in the “Eat Smart, Get Moving” program, earning points that will take them on a virtual walk across the country from Los Angeles to Chicago. The program encourages participants to make steady changes to improve their health by incorporating physical activity into their daily routine and making healthy food choices. The School Nutrition Association (SNA) and National Dairy Council’s program launched today at SNA’s 60th Annual National Conference in Los Angeles and will culminate at the 2007 SNA Annual National Conference in Chicago.

The program focuses on energy balance between food and physical activity to help one reach and maintain personal wellness. “Eat Smart, Get Moving” is designed to allow teams to work together, tracking physical activity and food choices as “points”. These points translate into miles to help each team move from Los Angeles to Chicago. The program is organized into three phases with progressive nutrition and physical activity goals that will lead individuals and teams toward meeting key recommendations in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans – such as getting enough dairy, fruits and vegetables and whole grains. Along the way, teams can download resources from the “Eat Smart, Get Moving” Website – insert web site URL if available – to help on the journey to personal wellness.

A deliciously easy way for participants to meet the Dietary Guidelines’ recommendations for dairy is to enjoy 3-A-Day of Dairy – three servings of milk, cheese or yogurt - to help build stronger bones and healthier bodies. To learn more about the benefits of dairy and get nutrition tips and great-tasting recipes, visit www.3aday.org.

Recognized as the authority on school nutrition programs, SNA has 51 state affiliates, hundreds of local chapters and over 55,000 school nutrition professionals as members. Members work in and outside of schools in all facets of the school nutrition field: planning healthy school menus, ensuring the safety and security of foods served, purchasing products, providing nutrition education to students, preparing and serving meals and more.

The School Nutrition Association’s Annual National Conference (ANC) takes place each year in July at different cities across the United States. “Eat Smart, Get Moving” is being launched at ANC 2006 in Los Angeles. The program tracking period will end on May 1, 2007 and prizewinners will be recognized at SNA’s Annual National Conference in Chicago in July 2007. The National Dairy Council is sponsoring the Eat Smart, Get Moving program to complement their support of local school wellness policy resources. For more information on Eat Smart, Get moving, see related links.

School Nutrition Association

SNA is a national, non-profit professional organization representing more than 55,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country. Founded sixty years ago SNA is the only association devoted exclusively to protecting and enhancing children’s health and well being through school meals and sound nutrition education.

National Dairy Council

The National Dairy Council® was founded in 1915 and conducts nutrition education and nutrition research programs through national, state and regional Dairy Council organizations, on behalf of America’s dairy farmers.

For more information, visit www.nationaldairycouncil.org.

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