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Al Roker, Darius Rucker to Headline ANC 2013

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March 15, 2013 – Have you registered for SNA’s 2013 Annual National Conference (ANC) yet? If not, take advantage of online registration today! Until May 10, you can also take advantage of a special early-bird rate to make your trip to budget-friendly Kansas City, Mo., even more affordable.

SNA is excited to announce Al Roker, NBC Today show co-host and weatherman, as this year’s Opening General Session keynote speaker. Utilizing his charisma, wit and experience, Roker — who has also authored a number of best-selling books — will inform, engage and enthrall you with his tales of weight loss, fatherhood and life on the small screen. Broadcast journalist Lisa Ling will head the second general session on Tuesday. Ling is a regular contributor to ABC News’ “Nightline,” as well as the co-executive producer and host of “Our America” on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

But the excitement doesn’t end there — along with Roker and Ling, author Jarrett J. Krosoczka, creator of the “Lunch Lady” series, will join SNA to share his admiration of school nutrition professionals, whom he calls “superheroes,” during the final General Session on July 17th. Later that night, the conference ends with a musical celebration featuring Darius Rucker. You might know this country-rock crooner from his recent hits, “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About it,” “Alright” and “History in the Making,” or from his alt-rock days as the front man for Hootie & the Blowfish.

Of course, this is on top of everything else ANC has to offer, including 90-plus education sessions, 700 Exhibit Hall booths and countless networking opportunity among colleagues and industry members. With all ANC 2013 has to offer, why wait to register? Visit to take advantage of the early-bird rate today.

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Deadline Extended to Submit Posters for SNA’s Child Nutrition Showcase

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March 14, 2013 – The deadline to submit a poster idea for SNA’s Child Nutrition Showcase Poster Session at this year’s Annual National Conference has been extended to March 22, 2013.

Visit to learn more about the Child Nutrition Showcase and submit a poster proposal.

If you feel there is something your program does well or if you have recently conducted research related to school foodservice or nutrition, show it off at SNA’s Child Nutrition Showcase Poster Session during the Annual National Conference in Kansas City, Mo., July 15-16. 

The Child Nutrition Showcase is a display of posters highlighting successful practices and research in school nutrition. This is a great opportunity to draw attention to some of the things happening in your program. Posters can address topics such as:

  • menu changes
  • food safety practices
  • marketing and customer service innovations
  • nutrition education initiatives
  • environmentally friendly practices, and more!

If you have any questions about the Child Nutrition Showcase, please send an email to

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