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PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON TO ADDRESS SCHOOL NUTRITION PROFESSIONALS
National Harbor, Md., February 28, 2011 – On Monday, March 7, 2011 at 4:00 pm, Former President Bill Clinton, founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation, will address hundreds of school nutrition professionals from across the nation as part of the School Nutrition Association’s (SNA) 39th annual Legislative Action Conference (LAC). LAC will be held at the JW Marriott Hotel, 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington DC.
In 2005, the William J. Clinton Foundation and the American Heart Association founded the Alliance for a Healthier Generation to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity by 2015. The Alliance’s Healthy Schools Program supports more than 10,000 schools across the U.S. in their efforts to create environments where physical activity and healthy eating are accessible and encouraged. Recognizing that school meals are one of the clearest avenues to positively impact the health and nutrition of America’s youth, the Alliance brokers voluntary agreements with school meal manufacturers and distributors to make healthier school meal options less expensive and easier to identify.
SNA’s Legislative Action Conference runs from March 6-9, 2011 and will feature several other notable speakers. Click here for further details on the conference.
Members of the press wishing to attend LAC should see SNA's media guidelines.
SNA members wishing to attend LAC should complete an onsite registration form.
SNA, 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.
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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