Highlights from SchoolNutrition.org Vol. 11, No. 3 - Feb. 1, 2012

In This Issue

USDA Releases New Nutrition Standards at Parklawn Elementary School in Virginia
On January 25, 2012, First Lady Michelle Obama joined Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to release USDA's new nutrition standards for school meals. SNA President Helen Phillips, SNS, and SNA Chief Executive Officer Frank DiPasquale attended the event to hear firsthand the announcement of the new standards.
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A Signed Letter from Michelle Obama Praising the Work of School Nutrition Professionals
First Lady Michelle Obama expresses gratitude for the tireless efforts school nutrition professionals make to creatively prepare healthful meals for America's children with tight budgets and limited resources.
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White House and First Lady Express Gratitude to School Nutrition Professionals
In celebration of the release of the final regulation for new nutrition standards for school meals, First Lady Michelle Obama, Secretary Tom Vilsack and Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives and Assistant White House Chef Sam Kass emphasized their collective gratitude for the passion and commitment of school nutrition professionals and other advocates.
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Feature of the Week
SNA Meal Pattern Resources
SNA has launched a one-stop shop for materials and news relating to the release of USDA's School Meal Pattern Final Regulation. This resource includes a detailed summary of USDA's final regulations, SNA's meal pattern plan of action, SNA's press release, talking points, legislative insight and more. Be sure to check back periodically as SNA updates this resource with more information.

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SNA Responds to Member Comments on the First Lady's Remarks
Last week, SNA CEO Frank DiPasquale released a message addressing the comments and feedback from members following the release of the new meal pattern regulations.
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SNA Resources on the New Meal Pattern Regulation
SNA has launched a one-stop shop for materials and news relating to the release of USDA's School Meal Pattern Final Regulation.
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Closing Session at LAC: A Roundtable Discussion Spanning More Than Three Decades of Agricultural Policy
On March 7, 2012, during SNA's Legislative Action Conference (LAC), a roundtable discussion on the general election, agriculture and nutrition programs will conclude what is sure to be an exhilarating conference.
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On the Road to Change: SNA's Child Nutrition Industry Conference in Orlando
Working to "Create Your Roadmap for Change," attendees at SNA's 2012 Child Nutrition Industry Conference (CNIC) shared sources of inspiration in a dynamic learning and networking event that drew a record number of participants.
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Tray Talk - Schools Resolve to Get Students Moving!
Getting students moving was the focus of discussion last month on Tray Talk, the innovative website that helps SNA members build positive public awareness about school meals.
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SNA Calendar

Events
March 4-7, 2012
Legislative Action Conference

March 5-9, 2012
National School Breakfast Week

May 16-17, 2012
Spring Industry Boot Camp

July 15-18, 2012
Annual National Conference

[ More Meetings & Events]

Webinars
2/15 - Buying the Right Produce
2/22 - Food Allergy Management

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Exams
3/3 - Washington, DC
3/9 - Virginia Beach, VA
4/19 - Athens, GA
4/20 - Albuquerque, NM
4/26 - Louisville, KY
6/10 - Myrtle Beach, SC
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Edited by Julie Eckman (jeckman@schoolnutrition.org), communications specialist.
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