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SNA Celebrates First Year of Let’s Move!
National Harbor, Md. (February 7, 2011) – This week, School Nutrition Association (SNA) members will join First Lady Michelle Obama in celebrating the first anniversary of her Let’s Move! campaign. As a Let’s Move! partner, SNA has been promoting healthy school meals and advancing nutrition education for America’s children.
School cafeterias nationwide are providing more fresh produce, whole grains and low fat dairy products, and they are finding unique ways to inspire kids to make healthier choices through initiatives like kids cooking competitions, school gardens and fruit and vegetable tastings.
To build on this success, SNA has bolstered education and training opportunities for school nutrition professionals to assist them in meeting Let’s Move! goals and to raise the bar for school meals and nutrition education in the school setting.
Over the last year, SNA, working in close partnership with the US Department of Agriculture, has offered or planned numerous educational sessions on topics like: meeting HealthierUS School Challenge guidelines; implementing Farm to School programs; increasing vegetable consumption; participating in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program; starting a Coordinated School Health Program; implementing scratch cooking programs; starting school gardens; helping children make healthy choices, and more. SNA has also developed webinars on issues ranging from getting more whole grains and vegetarian options in cafeterias to reducing sodium in school meals.
“Let’s Move! has inspired the best in all of us!” said School Nutrition Association President Nancy Rice, M.Ed., RD, LD, SNS, State Director of the Georgia Department of Education, School Nutrition Division. “Let’s Move! recognizes that whether we are parents, teachers, coaches or school nutrition professionals, we are all role models for our children, and we all have a responsibility to teach kids about healthy lifestyles. School nutrition programs are working hard to give students our very best by providing more nutritious choices in the cafeteria. We look forward to continuing our work with the First Lady and with parents in communities across the nation.”
SNA, (http://www.schoolnutrition.org ) the School Nutrition Association, is a national, non-profit professional organization representing more than 53,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country. Founded in 1946, the Association and its members are dedicated to feeding children safe and nutritious meals.
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