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Contact: Erik Peterson
703-739-3900 Ext. 124
Nutrition Standards and Wellness to Take Center Stage at School Nutrition Conference
ALEXANDRIA, Va., (January 7, 2008) -- By navigating complex regulations, offering balanced, nutritionally sound meals and meeting financial constraints, school nutrition professionals are operating effective food and nutrition programs that positively impact children's health. From January 13 - 15, 2008, school nutrition professionals will join with representatives from food and beverage companies, kitchen equipment manufacturers, distributors, marketing professionals and more at the School Nutrition Association's annual Child Nutrition Industry Conference (CNIC) in Monterey, California to Share knowledge on nutrition standards, local wellness policy evaluation, USDA research and successful practices for using commodities. These conference attendees will build collaborative partnerships aimed at promoting healthy eating habits among children.
Studies have shown that today’s healthy school lunches contain more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low fat dairy than brown bag lunches brought from home. School nutrition professionals are working to ensure nutrition integrity – advocating for policies that set nutrition standards based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans for all foods and beverages in the school environment. CNIC provides an opportunity for networking and relationship building to help achieve this goal.
The Conference includes sessions on innovative and healthful food, beverage and equipment items designed for today’s nutritious school lunch; new research development in school nutrition and more. Over 350 attendees are expected for the three-day meeting that will include:
Prior to the Conference, on Saturday, January 12, 2007, SNA will host a National Nutrition Standards Summit. The Summit will bring together more than 100 SNA members from several membership sections as well as government and allied organization representatives. Invited attendees will discuss several proposed national nutrition standards. Feedback will be collected and used to develop final school nutrition principles expected to be approved by the SNA Board of Directors by April 2008.
Members of media are welcome to attend. Contact SNA at email address above to receive complimentary press registration.
The School Nutrition Association is a national, non-profit professional organization representing more than 55,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country. The Association and its members are dedicated to feeding children safe and nutritious meals. Founded in 1946, SNA is the only association devoted exclusively to protecting and enhancing children’s health and well being through school meals and sound nutrition education.
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