ANc 2010 Ed Sess

Pre-Conference | Sunday | Monday  | Tuesday Wednesday

* Denotes an Education Session that is being recorded to video. These sessions will be available online after the conference has ended.


12:00 pm–1:00 pm


Lunch Ladies to Chefs—Yes We Can!
Looking to raise the bar in your operation? Come learn how to empower your staff to improve performance and speed, while lowering labor costs. Also, learn what you can do to change the perception of your staff from “lunch ladies” to “chefs” and contribute to overall credibility of the school meals program. Intended Audience: E, M, D, MC

Responding to a Food Recall
Food recalls are an important process to remove potentially harmful food from schools. Be prepared to respond by learning how the food recall process works and the responsibilities at the federal, state and local levels. Participants will be able to describe and apply a step-by-step process for handling recalls in their operation. Intended Audience: All

USDA Foods 101
Are you a director or supervisor new to the school nutrition profession? Are you an industry member new to the segment and the USDA Commodity Program? Come get the basics and be on your way to working with commodities in your operation or business. Intended Audience: M, D, MC, S, I


Cooks for Kids: Cooking Green Across America
Uncover new ideas for serving nutritious and appealing foods in your school nutrition operation. Plus, hear best practices for linking nutrition in the cafeteria with nutrition education in the classroom via farm-to-school programs and school gardens. Intended Audience: E, M, D, MC, S

From Recommendations to Requirements: Change Is Coming
Come to this session for information on the Institute of Medicine's recommended changes to the nutrition requirements for school meals. Learn how USDA will propose changes to the meal patterns and nutrition standards based on these recommendations, including expected timeframes for implementing new requirements. Presenters also will discuss the expected impact of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines on the school meal program. Intended Audience: All

Ignite a Healthy Environment!
This session will focus on best practices for creating a healthy environment that supports nutritious eating and physical activity. The three Ps of Coordinated School Health Development, a science-based approach to school-based health services, will be discussed, as well as five healthy environmental messages. Intended Audience: M, D, MC, S


Receiving and Your Bottom Line: Little Things Make Big Differences
Come learn about the connection between what happens at each individual site and the whole operation’s financial position and recognize how important every individual is to the bottom line. In particular, participants will understand the correct procedures for receiving, its importance in protecting both the safety of the food and the financial investment made by the school. Intended Audience: E, M

The Art of Grant Writing
Grants provide wonderful opportunities to enhance your school nutrition program, but there is no denying that they require a lot of time, effort and teamwork. Whether you have written a grant proposal before or have no idea where to start, this session will show you how to grow your resources by developing your skills in writing successful and effective grant requests. Intended Audience: D, MC, S, C

Using a Team Approach for Your CRE/SMI (Part 1)*
In the first part of this three-part session, learn how to put together a team comprised of school nutrition personnel and state agency representatives to plan for the Coordinated Review Effort (CRE) and School Meals Initiative (SMI) evaluations. Learn how this team approach ensures that the needs of both parties are met and the goal of compliance is accomplished. See Wednesday for Parts 2 and 3. Intended Audience: D, MC, S

Communications & Marketing

How School Nutrition Programs Can Leverage Social Media
Social media websites like Facebook and Twitter are taking the Internet by storm. Come learn what all the fuss is about and how you can leverage social media to increase participation and improve communication with parents and students. Intended Audience: All

1:15 pm–2:15 pm


Farm to School: USDA Policies & Guidelines
Confused about the policy regarding the geographic preference of unprocessed agricultural products within child nutrition programs? Come to this session to get an overview of this policy and to hear some of the common Q&As related to the procurement of local agricultural products. Intended Audience: All

Keys to Successful Cooperative Purchasing for Smaller Districts
Come discover the critical steps for creating or improving an existing school nutrition purchasing group. Strategies will be provided on how to incorporate technology in the bidding process, with examples of bid documents and specifications being provided. Intended Audience: M, D, MC, S, C, I

USDA Foods MyPyramid Game
This session will feature economical, nutrient-dense and kid-approved recipes made from USDA foods and developed by school nutrition professionals from around the country. Participants will glean fresh ideas for using USDA foods to achieve their district’s nutritional benchmarks without breaking the bank. Also, learn social marketing ideas to increase student meal participation. This session is sponsored by the Commodity Nutrition Working Group. Intended Audience: E, M, D, MC, I

What’s New? USDA Food Safety Education Resources

USDA has lots of new educational resources designed to improve food safety practices in schools. Participants will learn what’s new related to food cooking, Norovirus infections, food allergies, food defense and produce safety, as well as how to identify current food safety issues as they occur. Learn how these new resources can help. Intended Audience: All


5-Star Nutrition Education
Participants will learn to identify the critical components of quality nutrition education programs in schools and how to utilize students and interns in creating innovative nutrition education opportunities. Also, discover how an energy-balance approach to nutrition education can be an effective way to positively impact the school wellness environment. Intended Audience: E, M, D, MC, S, C


Heigh-ho, Heigh-ho, Where Did the Work Ethic Go?
What does “work ethic” mean in today’s school nutrition operations? Learn how to appreciate individual responsibilities and understand the impact of personal shortfalls on the entire team. Intended Audience: E, M

Finding the Bright Side of Bad Interactions
Ever faced with a parent asking, “Are you calling my kid a liar?!”? Do your co-workers suddenly disappear when an unpleasant task is at hand? Can’t seem to apologize for doing or saying the wrong thing? Interacting daily with people of varied ages, positions and personalities can lead to encounters that leave one feeling frustrated, angry, humiliated or in total disbelief. This session will discuss such experiences, the lessons to be learned from them, and ways for putting a positive spin on an otherwise negative scenario. Intended Audience: E, M, D, MC


Increase Your Participation
This presentation will show effective ways for drawing students into the cafeteria. Participants will learn how to use various marketing techniques that appeal to students and how to increase sales by offering the products that students want to buy. Intended Audience: E, M, D, MC

Universal Free School Meals: An Idea Whose Time Has Come 
In this session, Jan Poppendieck, author of Free for All: Fixing School Food in America, will present the history of universal free school meals in the United States. With help from the audience, she will build the case for a universal approach and explore contemporary possibilities for any obstacles to the fulfillment of what school nutrition professionals have long dubbed "the possible dream." Participants will leave equipped to argue effectively for universal meals as the key to improving the quality of school food, reducing the stigma, increasing access and mitigating the administrative burden. Intended Audience: All

Note: All education sessions are subject to change. Refer to the onsite ANC Program Guide for specific session times and other details.


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