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SNA Leaders Attend Healthy Flavors, Healthy Kids Summit

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May 16, 2013 – Last week, SNA leaders attended the third annual Healthy Flavors, Healthy Kids National Invitational Leadership Summit held in San Antonio.

Hosted by the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), the summit brought together 200 leaders from school nutrition, campus dining, chain restaurants, food manufacturers, commodity boards, public health, medicine and the media to discuss and debate ways to improve the health of K-12 students through food education, culinary strategy and flavor insight.

Those attending the summit from SNA included: President Sandra Ford, SNS, President-elect Leah Schmidt, SNS, Vice President Julia Bauscher, SNS, CEO Patricia Montague and Dean of Education Danny Seymour. Also in attendance and pictured below were former SNA presidents Nancy Rice, SNS, State Director, Child Nutrition Division at Georgia Department of Education, Dr. Katie Wilson, SNS, Executive Director of the National Food Service Management Institute, and Dr. Janey Thornton, SNS, USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services.

SNA Dean of Education Danny Seymour and former SNA presidents Nancy Rice, Katie Wilson and Janey Thornton attended Healthy Flavors, Healthy Kids

According to CIA, the key initiatives of the summit were to:

  • Highlight the role food education, school menu R & D, culinary strategy, flavor insight and training have in advancing healthier food/beverage choices for K-12 students.
  • Emphasize nutrition science and culinary insights that help expand healthful, flavorful and appealing food/beverage choices that meet the operational needs and cost constraints of school nutrition operations.
  • Develop a national network of culinary R & D and resource development for school nutrition professionals.
  • Examine insights from K-12 students and their parents related to how they think about nutrition, health and healthy food choices.
  • Create model programs of food, culinary and nutrition excellence that can inspire broader action.
  • Explore ways to enhance the role of chefs who wish to participate as volunteers in Chefs Move to Schools.

To learn more about the summit, visit the CIA’s website at

Preparing for ANC 2013: Wellness Village

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May 15, 2013 – If you think the Annual National Conference (ANC) is all “go, go, go!” with no time to relax, you’d be mistaken. With all that’s on the schedule for ANC in Kansas City, Mo., you won’t have a minute to be bored – but that doesn’t mean you need to feel stressed or overwhelmed!

If you need to take a break from the excitement of the Exhibit Hall or rest your mind after an education session, pick up information on how to live a healthier life at the Wellness Village. This is the place to slow down and think about your mental and physical health. The Massage Corporation will be on hand to soothe your sore muscles, while the Tanita Corporation (Just added to the roster of companies!) will showcase a bevy of tools to analyze body composition.

Once you’re armed with that information, check in with the American Heart Association. Their representatives can not only speak about the importance of blood pressure, cholesterol and weight issues in your personal life, but also about what’s available for school programs. When you’re finished there, move on to the American Red Cross to learn more about CPR and First Aid classes and certifications. Finish up your visit to the village by speaking with representatives from Forrest T. Jones & Company, this year’s Wellness Village sponsor. If you’re in the market for a new insurance plan – whether it’s health, disability, auto or homeowner – the representatives can help you find a plan that suits your needs.

The Wellness Village opens on Monday, July 15, as part of the Exhibit Hall at ANC. For more information about the conference or to register, visit

Monday, July 15 10:00 am–2:00 pm
Tuesday, July 16 8:30 am–11:30 am*
Tuesday, July 16 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Wednesday, July 17 10:15 am–1:15 pm

*Special Exhibit Hall time for directors only. You must register as a director member in order to participate. Each director may be accompanied by one employee from the same district, but they must enter at the same time.

Related Links

ANC 2013

ANC Registration

ANC Exhibit Hall

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