April 2012

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April Cover 2012 With the arrival of spring comes the April issue of School Nutrition, SNA’s award-winning flagship publication, which is full of useful articles, such as previews of the themes for National School Lunch Week 2012 and National School Breakfast Week 2013, that are designed to aid school nutrition professionals in their daily tasks. Also not to be missed is an exclusive interview with television personality, author, cook and businesswoman Rachael Ray, who discusses her passion for helping schools to combat obesity, malnutrition and hunger.

In “Cooking Up Something Special for You and Your Students,” learn about Ray’s school nutrition-related collaborations—among them, her work with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and a recipe contest presented by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Ray’s Yum-o! organization and SNA—that are helping to make a difference in schools.

What new menu items and innovations has your operation recently introduced? Have you added a wider variety of fruits and vegetables to your lunch menu or purchased new equipment that allows you to offer more home-style options than ever before? Or, maybe you’re pleased to announce that one or more of your district’s schools earned recognition in the HealthierUS School Challenge. If one or more of the above applies to your operation—not to mention additional success stories you can share—the upcoming National School Lunch Week (NSLW) theme, “School Lunch: What’s Cooking?”, which will be celebrated October 15-19, 2012, is the perfect opportunity to share such achievements with your community, both at school and throughout your district. Bonus Web Content: While NSLW is a great time early in the school year to share positive messages about your school nutrition program, it’s still more important than ever to market the benefits of school meals and your operation’s achievements throughout the year. Explore a bevy of other great marketing and outreach best-practice suggestions.

During last October’s National School Lunch Week, the “Let’s Grow Healthy” theme gave school nutrition professionals the chance to help children understand the connections between agriculture, meals and health. Check out “Oh, the Places We Grow!” for a look at the creative, healthy fun that took place in cafeterias across the country. Bonus Web Content: If you can’t get enough inspiration for celebrating farm-to-school promotions, be sure to take a look at some additional 2011 celebration reports.

Teach your students how the morning meal can help them to shine during National School Breakfast Week 2013, which will be celebrated March 4-8. Don’t miss “Be a Star With School Breakfast” for the resources and promotion ideas connected with this exciting celebration so that you can start your planning early.

Speaking of the morning meal, many child health and education advocates see breakfast in the classroom as the answer to ensuring that all students receive the benefits of breakfast. Discover the success experienced by five school districts who established universal breakfast-in-the-classroom pilot programs through the Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom initiative in “Good Mornings.”

Attendees of the 2012 Child Nutrition Industry Conference found just the directional assist they needed to navigate the many changes they face working in the K-12 school nutrition segment. “Seek and Ye Shall Find” explores conference highlights and memorable moments from the event.

Taste is important when it comes to serving school meals that students will want to eat, of course, but what about the other four senses? And what about a possible “sixth sense” that some of the school nutrition professionals interviewed identified? “Taste Rules—But Not Alone” offers tips on how to ensure that school menus and meals regularly engage all of the senses.

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