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School Nutrition Goes Back to School

August 7, 2012—It’s back-to-school time, and for many school nutrition operations, that means changes in the size of their school districts or a different calendar than what many of us experienced when we were in school. The August issue of School Nutrition, SNA’s award-winning flagship publication, explores some of these challenges faced by many school nutrition professionals around the country. Also included are an interview with new SNA President Sandra Ford, SNS, and a look at the STEPS Challenge, a new personal wellness program from SNA.

Sandra Ford, SNS, may have begun her foodservice career “by sheer accident,” but her path through the profession has been long and varied. Get to know SNA’s new powerhouse leader as she details her travels through the school nutrition profession, the delight she has found in a Florida lifestyle and her plans and goals for the year ahead in “Ford’s Focus.” Bonus Web Content: If you or someone you know is interested in reading this profile in Spanish, you can find a translated version online.

It’s hard enough to predict meal counts from day to day, but it can be even harder to manage a school nutrition program when there are significant changes in the number of students from year to year. “Sizable Shifts” explores some of the ups and downs, literally, of managing such changes.

Academic and economic pressures are prompting school districts to make creative calendar decisions. Find out the impact these decisions have on some school nutrition operations in “Calendar Daze.” Bonus Web Content: Don’t miss additional perspectives from school nutrition operators who made creative adjustments as a result of changes to the school year calendars in their districts.

Last month, at SNA’s Annual National Conference in Denver, President Sandra Ford, SNS, announced the launch of an exciting new personal wellness program developed especially for school nutrition professionals. Learn about the STEPS Challenge, how it works—and how you can sign up—in “Taking STEPS to a New You”!

Many school nutrition professionals are finding that some of the global cuisines that more and more students are eagerly embracing are key to healthier diets. In addition to offering some innovative ways to serve rice, “Get Rice to It!” provides a helpful primer on how to purchase, cook and store this versatile grain. Bonus Web Content: Check out a detailed chart of rice bowl ideas from the USA Rice Federation and menuing suggestions from previous winners of the USA Rice Federation’s Healthy Rice Bowls contest for school nutrition professionals.

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