Working together to accomplish a common goal characterizes many sports teams and most businesses -- but it is also critical to developing healthy school environments. When school nutrition professionals, food companies, kitchen equipment manufacturers, distributors, school administrators, legislators, parents and students, all come together -- a powerful team is formed that can support healthy food choices and impact the lives of children in schools. From January 15-17, 2006, a little magic will be in the air when many of these stakeholders meet at the School Nutrition Association's Child Nutrition Industry Conference (CNIC) at Disney's Contemporary Hotel outside of Orlando, Florida.

Today's healthy school lunches contain more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low fat dairy than in the past. 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 kicks off the Sixtieth Anniversary year of the School Nutrition Association, which began as the School Food Service Association in fall 1946. Over 350 attendees are expected for the three-day meeting that will include:

  • What's New For You: Sessions highlighting 30 new healthy food, beverage and equipment items designed for today's nutritious school lunch, including Alaska Fish Tacos made with high quality, naturally nutritious whitefish; grab & go Breakfast Breaks with a cereal bowl pack, 100% fruit juice and nutritious snack; and whole grain breaded chicken patties and reduced sodium glazed non-breaded chicken.

  • Dr. Mardell Wilson, Associate Professor, Dietetic Internship Director and Director of Assessment, Illinois State University: Realistic perspectives on what schools truly can make happen when it comes to developing healthy school environments.

  • Nutrition Education Advocacy: Creative ways to implement a nutrition education plan.
  • The 2006 Foodservice Achievement Management Excellence (FAME) Awards: Recognizing seven school nutrition professionals who have set the bar in the child nutrition arena.

Members of media are welcome to attend. Contact SNA to receive complimentary press registration.

Source: School Nutrition Association