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Charlotte County Schools, Florida Win Annual “Eat Smart, Get Moving” Staff Wellness Contest

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Erik Peterson
(703) 739-3900, ext. 124
epeterson@schoolnutrition.org

Charlotte County Schools, Florida Win Annual “Eat Smart, Get Moving” Staff Wellness Contest

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (July 21, 2008) – The School Nutrition Association (SNA) and National Dairy Council will recognize the school nutrition staff of Charlotte County School District in Punta Gorda, Fla. as winner of the second annual “Eat Smart, Get Moving” Staff Wellness Contest. The program encourages SNA members to serve as role models for students and to improve their health by incorporating physical activity and good nutrition into their daily routines.  In addition to Charlotte County Schools, Fla, three staff wellness teams were also recognized for having the highest point totals: Blount High School in Maryville, Tenn., Eastern Randolph High School in Ramseur, N.C. and Punta Gorda Middle School in Punta Gorda, Fla.
Charlotte County Schools, Fla. will be awarded a one-time Wellness Grant valued at $5,000. All winning schools receive a milk merchandiser and other prizes including spa gift certificates and free registrations to the School Nutrition Association’s 2008 Annual National Conference from July 20 – 23 in Philadelphia, Penn.

More than 150 school teams participated in the program, which took participants on a virtual “walk” from Chicago to Philadelphia. The goal to help staff members reach and maintain personal wellness focused on the energy balance between food and physical activity.. Participants were encouraged to work together to implement key recommendations such as eating more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy.  While three teams and one district were recognized, all who participated in “Eat Smart, Get Moving” are winners, demonstrating individual and team commitment to health and wellness based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

SNA is committed to supporting staff and employee wellness. Many of the local wellness policies implemented incorporate staff wellness as a key component in promoting healthy eating habits among children. “Eat Smart, Get Moving” will return next year, taking SNA members on a journey from Philadelphia across the nation to Las Vegas, the site of SNA’s 2009 Annual National Conference. For more information visit, www.eatsmart-getmoving.org. Funding for this program will again be made possible through a partnership with the National Dairy Council.
The SNA Annual National Conference, July 20-23, 2008, features over 6,000 child nutrition and school foodservice industry professionals participating in over 100 educational workshops, the school nutrition industry’s largest exhibit hall and guest speakers including ABC Good Morning American co-host Robin Roberts.

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 in 1946, 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 diary farmers. For more information, visit
 www.nationaldairycouncil.org.

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