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October 19, 2010

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Schools Celebrate National School Lunch Week

USDA Celebrates National School Lunch Week 2010

USDA Funds Research on Improving Child Nutrition Programs Through Behavioral Economics

New Learning Center Serves As Education and Training Hub

Social School Lunch: A How-To Guide on Social Media

Free Tools to Help Promote Your Program

2010 Golden Carrot Award Winners Announced

SNA Legislative Action Center

Legislative Toolkit

Schools Celebrate National School Lunch Week

What’s on your tray? That was the question asked in cafeterias across the country as school nutrition programs celebrated National School Lunch Week. This year’s theme, “What’s On Your Tray?” encouraged students to make healthy choices in the school cafeteria. Schools nationwide embraced a variety of activities and programs to celebrate the week.

Click on the link below to see some highlights of this year’s activities.

Schools Celebrate National School Lunch Week 2010

USDA Celebrates National School Lunch Week 2010

On October 12, Dr. Janey Thornton, USDA Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services Deputy Under Secretary celebrated National School Lunch Week by visiting with students, staff and school officials at Jefferson Intermediate, Knoxville Middle and Delaware Elementary schools in Iowa and discussing the Obama Administration's priorities for enhancing school meals and the health of the nation's children. On October 14, William Ludwig, USDA Food and Nutrition Service Southwest Regional Administrator marked National School Lunch Week by presenting students, staff and food service officials from Krause Elementary and Brenham Elementary schools Gold in USDA's HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC). On October 15, Cindy Long, USDA Food and Nutrition Service Child Nutrition Director closed out National School Lunch Week by presenting Greene Central, Leeds Central, Turner Primary and Turner Elementary school students, staff and school officials Silver awards in USDA's HealthierUS School Challenge. Lisa Pino, USDA Food and Nutrition Service Deputy Administrator for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program commended Phoenix Elementary School in Grand Forks, ND for achieving the State’s first Gold of Distinction award, the highest level in the USDA's HealthierUS School Challenge.

USDA Press Releases:

Texas visit - http://www.fns.usda.gov/cga/PressReleases/2010/0523.htm 

Maine visit - http://www.fns.usda.gov/cga/PressReleases/2010/0528.htm

North Dakota visit - http://www.fns.usda.gov/cga/PressReleases/2010/0519.htm

Iowa visit - http://www.fns.usda.gov/cga/PressReleases/2010/0515.htm

USDA Funds Research on Improving Child Nutrition Programs Through Behavioral Economics

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a series of research awards last week for behavioral economics research to improve nutrition and health outcomes associated with participation in USDA Child Nutrition Programs. The awards, totaling $2 million, establish a major new university-based research center, the Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and fund 14 other research projects in Connecticut, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

USDA's Child Nutrition Programs—including the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), Child and Adult Care Food Program, and the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program—touch the lives of millions of American children each day, including over 31 million children who eat school lunch and 11 million who eat school breakfast each school day. Because of their major impact on the diet and health of American children, the Child Nutrition Programs are a cornerstone of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! campaign to end childhood obesity within a generation.

http://www.fns.usda.gov/cga/PressReleases/2010/0515.htm

New Learning Center Serves As Education and Training Hub

SNA provides a number of educational opportunities for members, and now all of them—as well as some valuable new content—are available at SNA’s new Learning Center. This central hub for school nutrition training and education is designed as a one-stop spot for members at all levels of the school nutrition profession and provides easy and affordable access from anywhere—office, kitchen or home.

The Learning Center contains recordings of educational sessions from SNA's many conferences, webinars and podcasts in areas related to the standards of practice and indicators in the Keys to Excellence in School Nutrition Programs—Operations, Nutrition, Administration, and Communications & Marketing—that define nationally accepted standards for quality programs. You can earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to maintain your certification and/or the School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) credential by viewing recorded education sessions and webinars or listening to podcasts. Available podcasts include free content on food safety from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. You also can connect to SNA's School Nutrition University (SNU) and register for popular online courses, such as Healthy Edge and Marketing 101.

http://www.schoolnutrition.org/Blog.aspx?id=14594&blogid=622

Social School Lunch: A How-To Guide on Social Media

Is your school nutrition program entering the brave new world of social media? Do you have questions about how to create a Facebook page or set up a Twitter account? If your answer is yes to these questions, then be sure to check out Social School Lunch: A How-To Guide on Social Media for School Nutrition Programs.

SNA’s newest resource for members, Social School Lunch is an easy to use guide that can help get your school nutrition program involved in two of the most popular social media sites, Facebook and Twitter. This guide explains how to use Facebook and Twitter, offers guidance on creating a successful social media strategy for your school district, information on potential legal issues, and social media etiquette.

Social School Lunch: A How-To Guide on Social Media for School Nutrition Programs (pdf)

Free Tools to Help Promote Your Program

Take advantage of the many tools available to help SNA members promote their programs and the benefits of healthy school meals. Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/traytalk to download any of the following:

  • An inspiring video for use in schools and on district websites. The video's key messages are that school meals are healthy meals and that school nutrition professionals are partners in children's health.
  • Marketing and PR tools include a free backpack brochure, flyers, PR talking points and letters to the editor
  • Presentations about school nutrition that can be tailored for your district needs
  • Banners for school district websites
  • And much more!

Also visit the official Tray Talk website www.TrayTalk.org for the latest school nutrition success stories. http://www.schoolnutrition.org/Blog.aspx?id=14604&blogid=622

2010 Golden Carrot Award Winners Announced

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) has announced a winner, runners-up and honorable mentions in the 2010 Golden Carrot Awards. The award coincides with last week’s National School Lunch Week.

A cash prize to benefit the food service programs accompanies the award for the winner and runners-up. The winner receives $3,000 and the runners-up each receive $1,000. PCRM established the Golden Carrot Awards in 2004 to recognize food service professionals who do an exceptional job of improving the healthfulness of school lunches. PCRM looks for programs that encourage kids to eat fresh fruits and vegetables and that offers plenty of vegetarian, low-fat, whole grain, and nondairy options.

The winners and runners up are announced here: http://www.healthyschoollunches.org/carrot/10winners.cfm  

State and Federal Legislation (login required)
State legislation can now be accessed on the Internet through Netscan. Use Username: schoolnutrition and Password: sna

Click State Legislation Instructions for steps to access state legislation through the service.


 
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