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SNA Launches Personal Wellness Initiative

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DENVER, CO (July 18, 2012) – The School Nutrition Association (SNA) has launched the STEPS Challenge, a new personal wellness initiative designed to help its 55,000 member school foodservice professionals improve their quality of life, while embracing the healthy habits they promote in school cafeterias. The initiative, sponsored by Jennie-O Turkey Store, was announced before more than 6,300 attendees at SNA’s 66th Annual National Conference.

The STEPS Challenge stands for: Set your goals; Track your progress; Embrace new habits; Promote healthy eating; and Share your success. SNA members are invited to sign up for the program on SNA’s website, where they will have access to a wellness toolkit, healthy recipes, fitness ideas, wellness tips, and an email newsletter with healthy living resources.

Each participant will take on a new, achievable challenge each month, like eating breakfast, switching to whole grains and exercising with a friend or colleague. Participants track their progress and earn points for eligibility to enter drawings for prizes, including a gift certificate to a sports store, a subscription to a health magazine, or nutritious cookbooks. Those who participate in each monthly challenge for a year are entered in the grand prize drawing for a trip for two to Los Angeles, all expenses paid, to see a finale taping of NBC’s The Biggest Loser!

Members are also encouraged to submit their success stories so their colleagues can share inspiration and ideas for achieving success. SNA will promote the program to members throughout the year.

“Sometimes school nutrition professionals are so busy making sure our students are eating right, that we fail to make the time to establish healthy habits for ourselves,” said SNA’s new president, Sandra Ford, SNS, Director of Food and Nutrition for Manatee County School District (Florida). “The STEPS Challenge provides School Nutrition Association members with realistic, achievable steps and goals that provide a recipe for a healthier, happier lifestyle. SNA is thrilled to have the generous support of Jennie-O Turkey Store to help our members take the Challenge for better health.”

Members can sign up for the program at www.schoolnutrition.org/steps.

About School Nutrition Association:
The School Nutrition Association (SNA) is a national, non-profit professional organization representing 55,000 school nutrition professionals across the country. Founded in 1946, SNA and its members are dedicated to making healthy school meals and nutrition education available to all students.

Sandra Ford Named 2012-2013 President of the School Nutrition Association

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Sandra Ford Named 2012-2013 President of the School Nutrition Association

DENVER, CO (July 18, 2012) — Sandra Ford, SNS, Director of Food and Nutrition for Manatee County School District (Florida), has become the 65th President of the School Nutrition Association (SNA), representing 55,000 school nutrition professionals nationwide. SNA members welcomed Ford to her new role during the closing session of SNA’s 66th Annual National Conference in Denver, CO.

Sandra Ford has held a distinguished career in field of school nutrition, successfully managing school meal programs in both Florida and Kansas. During her eight years with Manatee County, Ford turned around the district’s school meal program, putting the program on strong financial footing while providing students a wider variety of healthy choices in the cafeteria.

Ford also served 10 years as Director of Food and Nutrition Services for Blue Valley School District in Kansas, eight years at the Kansas Department of Education’s Nutrition Services department, and four years managing the school food service program at Avila College. Previously, she worked for the Dairy Council of Kansas City and as a high school teacher and adult education instructor. Ford earned her Bachelor of Science and Master’s Degree from Kansas State University.

Throughout her career, Sandra Ford has held numerous leadership roles with SNA, the School Nutrition Foundation and SNA’s Florida and Kansas state affiliates. She has been frequently recognized for her work, including being named Florida Director of the Year in 2009 and earning the FAME Silver Spirit Award in 2000, and the Thelma Flanagan Gold Award in 1994.

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About School Nutrition Association:
The School Nutrition Association (SNA) is a national, non-profit professional organization representing 55,000 school nutrition professionals across the country. Founded in 1946, SNA and its members are dedicated to making healthy school meals and nutrition education available to all students.

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