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2012 Child Nutrition Showcase:
Success Stories & Research in School Nutrition

SNA is now accepting school nutrition success stories and research abstracts for the 22nd Annual Child Nutrition Showcase, which will take place during SNA's Annual National Conference (ANC) in Denver, July 16-17, 2012. The Child Nutrition Showcase will feature two different types of posters:

  • Successful Practice Posters: These posters focus on successful practices that school districts have recently implemented related to child nutrition
  • School Nutrition Research Posters: These posters share findings from recent research on child and school nutrition.

Awards will be given to one poster in from each of the above categories. All posters and authors will be listed in the ANC program guide.

How To Submit a Success Story Poster:

If you have a successful practice that you would like to share at ANC, following these easy steps:

  1. Submit your Successful Practice

    Submit the Successful Practice you would like to do a poster on at ANC by filling out the “Submit a Successful Practice Poster” form. March 16th, 2012 is the last day you can submit a success story poster idea.

    Submit a Successful Practice Poster

    View Success Story Poster examples here

    SNA will then send you a confirmation email.
  2. Receive your Poster Acceptance

    All submitted successful practice posters will be reviewed by SNA’s College Section Chair. In April you will be notified whether your successful practice poster has been accepted for the Child Nutrition Showcase.
  3. Create your Poster

    Once you receive your acceptance, you can start preparing your poster for ANC. See the “Guidelines for Poster Displays” section below for more information about the poster displays as well as pictures of posters from previous years.

How To Submit a Research Poster:

If you have conducted research related to school nutrition that you would like to share at ANC, following these easy steps:

  1. Submit your Research Poster Abstract

    Fill out the “Submit a Research Poster Abstract” form with information about the research. March 30th, 2012 is the last day you can submit a research poster abstract.

    Submit a Research Poster Abstract

    View Research Poster examples here

    SNA will then send you a confirmation email.
  2. Receive your Poster Acceptance

    Submitted research poster abstracts will be peer-reviewed by a group of SNA’s College Section and Research Committee members. In April you will be notified whether your successful practice poster has been accepted for the Child Nutrition Showcase.
  3. Create your Poster

    Once you receive your acceptance, you can start preparing your poster for ANC. See the “Guidelines for Poster Displays” section below for more information about the poster displays as well as pictures of posters from previous years.

Graduate students or faculty members participating in the Child Nutrition Showcase are eligible to apply for the Kathleen Stitt Award. This scholarship is used to help defray travel expenses incurred to attend ANC.

Guidelines for Acceptance of Poster Proposals:

This call for poster proposals is open to anyone interested in submitting a poster for presentation during the Child Nutrition Showcase at SNA’s 2011 Annual National Conference (ANC). The purpose of the Showcase is to raise awareness among those interested in Child Nutrition Programs about new innovations or knowledge in services and practices; the Showcase is not intended as a marketing arena.

Poster proposals should be submitted in one of two categories:

  • School Nutrition Successful Practices – innovative methods, programs, policies, trainings, or projects that improve or advance school foodservice operations
  • Research – findings or evaluation of a study, project or new program that contribute to knowledge and ideas in school nutrition

All poster proposals should be completed using the online submission form with all sections completed.

  • Successful Practice Submission Form
  • Research Poster Abstract Form

Research Poster Proposals Form Information:

  • Title of Poster
  • Objectives - Describe the purpose and objectives of the research.
  • Methods - Describe the sample, research design, data collections, and data analysis.
  • Results - Present the major results of the study or key areas of investigation.
  • Applications to Child Nutrition Professionals - Provide applications of the results for the field.

Successful Practices Poster Proposal Form Information:

  • Title of Poster
  • Description of Successful Practice – Briefly describe the successful practice (maximum 300 words).
  • Impact of Successful Practice – Briefly describe the impact that the successful practice had on the school nutrition program and/or environment (maximum of 100 words).

Successful Practice poster proposals will be reviewed by the SNA College Section Committee Chair before being accepted. Research poster abstracts will be peer-reviewed by SNA research committee and College Section.

Accepted posters will be presented at the Child Nutrition Showcase at ANC. Each poster must have at least one author at the conference.

The abstracts from accepted research posters will be published in the Fall issue of the Journal of Child Nutrition and Management.

Author contact information may be made public if abstract is chosen for publication on SNA's website.

Guidelines for Poster Displays:

Poster presentations provide for informal visual and verbal exchanges between the poster author and ANC attendees.

  1. Poster Displays must be set up prior to the start of the Child Nutrition Showcase on Monday, July 16, 2012.
  2. A poster author must be at the poster display from 12:00-2:00 pm on July 16, 2012 to answer questions and share information to conference attendees.
  3. Each poster will have a corkboard approximately 6ft [w] by 4ft [h] on which to mount a poster presentation. Each poster presenter is responsible for their own supplies, including thumbtacks. Do not write, paint or make marks on the corkboard.
  4. Posters should include the title, authors’ names, affiliation, as well as information about the successful practice or research study (as outlined in the submitted poster proposal).
  5. All illustrations, graphs, etc. should be finished prior to your presentation. Visual aids should be legible from a distance of at least 3 feet.
  6. Graphics should be simple, colorful, well labeled and legible.
  7. No special equipment - such as an audiovisual projector - is permitted. The entire presentation must be attached to the cork board.
  8. Extra copies of the success story or research findings can be made available for distribution.
  9. Poster authors can also submit an electronic version of their poster to SNA to be posted on the conference website.

Poster Awards

Awards will be presented based on the two categories: 1) research and 2) successful practices in school nutrition. Poster displays will be judged on July 16, 2012 at the conference.
For additional information or questions about the Child Nutrition Showcase contact, please contact the SNA Service Center.