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  • 💬 SURVEY: Promoting Diversity through School Meals

    February 2021

    We want to hear from our creative professionals! Share with the DPG your ideas on how to educate students on diversity. Do you have a traditional recipe or a holiday event promoting cultural sensitivity and inclusion? Have your creative ideas featured in the upcoming Spoodle Report and inspire your fellow members. Share your ideas here.

  • 📣 February is Black History Month

    February 2021

    February is Black History Month. Watch the School Nutrition Association's webinar, honoring and celebrating the Black community's achievements. Listen to the inspiring leadership journey of Black nutrition professionals, including our fellow member, Shannon Ebron, MS, RDN, LD

  • 🏅 Awards and Scholarships Open Now!

    February 2021

    School Nutrition Services Award of Excellence: The SNS DPG seeks to recognize an RD or NDTR member that has demonstrated exceptional performance in practice relating to school nutrition programs and leadership achievements in nutrition-related organization(s). Apply here by April 1.

    National Awards from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Learn more and apply here by March 1.

  • 📣 Key Dates

    February 2021

    Feb 1: Membership renewal for 2021-2022 opens online

    Feb 1: Voting in the Academy National Election begins

    Feb 15: Foundation scholarship application opens

    Feb 18: Call for FNCE® 2021 Poster Session Abstracts closes

    March 1: Last day to apply for the Academy’s Diversity and Inclusion Awards and Grants

    March 1: Last day to submit nominations for 2021 National Honors and Awards

    March 10: Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day

  • POLL: Your voice matters.

    We want to hear from our creative professionals! Share with the DPG your ideas on how to educate students on diversity. Do you have a traditional recipe or a holiday event promoting cultural sensitivity and inclusion? Have your creative ideas featured in the upcoming Spoodle Report and inspire your fellow members. Share them with us here.
  • ✍ Save the Date!

    Upcoming webinars for menu planning and recipe development: February 18 and March 25.

    More details to come.

  • 🏅Give yourself the recognition that you deserve!

    Check out the awards and grant opportunities available now.
  • Support your fellow SNS DPG members who are on the 2021 Academy National Election ballot!

    2021 Slate of Candidates from School Nutrition Services

    President-elect

    Ellen Shanley, MBA, RDN, CDN, FAND (CT)

    Director-at-Large

    Egondu Onuoha, MS, RDN, CDN, FAND (NY)

    Kathy Wilson-Gold, MS, RDN, LD, FAND (OK)

  • 🏅Want to present a poster at #FNCE® 2021?

    Submit an abstract by February 18! Learn more and submit here. #eatrightPRO
  • Academy COVID Resources

    During the #COVID19 pandemic, the Academy has gathered resources for food and nutrition practitioners to address preparedness, patient care and food safety and access. Use the Coronavirus Professional Resource Hub on #eatrightPRO
  • The SNS DPG is soliciting ideas for a Diversity and Inclusion Mini-Grant application!

    Diversity and Inclusion Mini-Grant

    If you have any ideas for diversity and inclusion outreach or events, please contact our Diversity Liaison, Anh-Tram Pham at pham0131@umn.edu. Mini-grant applications are due March 1, 2021 and we would love to hear what you think would be impactful towards advancing D&I within our DPG!

  • POLL: Your voice matters.

    Complete this survey to help the SNS DPG better support our members in the House of Delegates for 2021.
  • 🏅 March 1 Application Deadline: Diversity and Inclusion Action Award

    The Academy offers a $1,000 Diversity and Inclusion Action Award to an ACEND accredited dietetics educational program, affiliate, dietetic practice group, member interest group, or other recognized Academy group. The award recognizes accomplishments in successfully recruiting and retaining underrepresented individuals. The application deadline is March 1, 2021. Apply today!
  • 👉 March 1 Application Deadline: Diversity and Inclusion Leaders Program

    The Diversity and Inclusion Leaders Program supports Active category members from underrepresented groups within the nutrition and dietetics profession. Four leaders are selected to participate in a two-year leadership program and are provided mentorship, leadership training, and networking. The application deadline is March 1, 2021. Apply today!
  • ✍ Nominations for the Academy’s National Honors and Awards open Nov. 1!

    Nominate a colleague who has advanced the nutrition and dietetics profession, exhibited leadership in the field, and shown devotion to serving others. #eatrightPRO
  • 📣 Apply to Be an Academy Media Spokesperson

    The Academy’s landmark volunteer media Spokesperson Program advances the Academy’s mission and goals and increases the public’s knowledge of food, nutrition, and health. Three-year Spokesperson terms begin June 1. Openings are available in a number of geographical and practice specialty areas. The application deadline is February 5. Learn More.
  • 🧑 💻 Looking for CPEU?

    The Academy offers a variety of webinars on topics such as sports nutrition, diversity and inclusion, medical nutrition therapy, professional development and more! Get Started. #eatrightPRO #RDNCPE
  • 🏅 March 1 Application Deadline: Diversity and Inclusion Action Award

    November 2020

    The Academy offers a $1,000 Diversity and Inclusion Action Award to an ACEND accredited dietetics educational program, affiliate, dietetic practice group, member interest group, or other recognized Academy group. The award recognizes accomplishments in successfully recruiting and retaining underrepresented individuals. The application deadline is March 1, 2021. Apply today!

  • 👉 March 1 Application Deadline: Diversity and Inclusion Leaders Program

    November 2020

    The Diversity and Inclusion Leaders Program supports Active category members from underrepresented groups within the nutrition and dietetics profession. Four leaders are selected to participate in a two-year leadership program and are provided mentorship, leadership training, and networking. The application deadline is March 1, 2021. Apply today!

  • ✍ Academy’s National Honors and Awards open Nov. 1!

    November 2020

    Nominate a colleague who has advanced the nutrition and dietetics profession, exhibited leadership in the field, and shown devotion to serving others. #eatrightPRO

  • 📣 Apply to Be an Academy Media Spokesperson

    November 2020

    The Academy’s landmark volunteer media Spokesperson Program advances the Academy’s mission and goals and increases the public’s knowledge of food, nutrition, and health. Three-year Spokesperson terms begin June 1. Openings are available in a number of geographical and practice specialty areas. The application deadline is February 5. Learn More

  • 🧑 💻 Academy Resources

    November 2020

    The Academy offers many resources for nutrition and dietetics professionals to further their education from the comfort of home! Review this list of convenient options. #eatrightPRO #RDNCPE

  • 🎉 Happy Diwali Wishes!

    November 2020

    November is India’s biggest holiday, Diwali, also known as Festival of the Lights. Diwali is a 5-day festival celebrated in Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism. The festival symbolizes the victory of light over darkness. Take a virtual trip overseas to learn more about Diwali and fill your kitchen with the warm, aromatic smell of India with these traditional Diwali recipes.

  • 🗳 VOTE!

    October 2020

    Our nation’s kids depend on us for more than just the food we serve. We have the power to influence the quality of life for our young generations who are unable to cast a ballot. And remember, Child Nutrition Programs are still overdue for reauthorization.

    Make your voice heard. Learn more about why voting impacts food insecurity and inequality → Food Research & Action Center’s Anti-Hunger Nonprofits & Elections Guide.

    “Voting is the foundation stone for political action”
    - Dr. Martin Luther King

  • ✍ Do you have proven skills and vision to further the nutrition and dietetics profession?

    October 2020

    Nominations for some Academy National Election positions are open until Nov. 6! Nominate yourself or a colleague. #eatrightPRO

  • FNCE® Follow-Up FNCE

    October 2020

    FNCE® was superb! I really enjoyed the virtual format and am especially rejuvenated by all of the science and research that was presented. Staying current and hearing from experts across the field of nutrition excites me.

    My favorite part is always connecting with fellow SNS DPG members at the Member showcase “booth” and our Recipe Round-Up networking event!

    -Jocelyn Karbo, SNS DPG
    Chair-Elect

  • ✍ School Nutrition Services Executive Committee Nominations are Open!

    September 2020

    The SNS Nominating Committee is currently seeking nominees for the 2021-2022 Executive Committee. Elections will be held in February 2021 coinciding with Academy elections. Those elected take office on June 1, 2021.

    Available positions include:

    • Chair-Elect (3-year commitment)
    • Treasurer (2-year commitment)
    • Nominations Committee Member (2-year commitment)

    👉 Click here to learn more about each position.

    If you are interested in an elected position or nominating someone else, please complete this form by October 1st and a member of the Nominating Committee will follow up with you.

  • September is National Food Safety Month!

    September 2020

    Education for the day: some foods should always be washed, but others should be kept far away from the sink. Review these #foodsafety guidelines to learn more. #eatright #foodsafety

  • Looking for ways to earn #RDNCPE at home?

    September 2020

    The Academy offers a variety of convenient, recorded webinars! Learn more here! #eatrightPRO

  • ☕ Student Virtual Coffee Chat!

    September 2020

    Students - we invite you to sign up for a virtual coffee chat with an SNS DPG member. We will pair you with a professional in your field of interest. Network, ask questions, or just enjoy a nice cup of joe with a fellow member.

  • Research article by student and fellow member, Madeline Anastasia

    August 2020

    Culinary Interventions and Positive Nutritional Outcomes Among School-Aged Children

    My name is Madeline Anastasia and I just graduated from the University of New Hampshire majoring in Nutrition, Dietetics. I quickly became very passionate about nutrition after taking more in-depth classes, getting hands-on experience volunteering at diabetes camps, kids cooking classes, cooking matters, and activities of that nature.

    School nutrition is so important to me because after interacting with school-aged children, you see how impressionable they are at this age and how important it is for them to learn about nutrition. Next year I will still be attending the University of New Hampshire for my Masters in nutritional sciences to achieve my dream of becoming a registered dietitian!

  • ⌛ NOW is the time to send in your nomination packets for the 2020 SNS DPG AWARD OF EXCELLENCE!

    August 2020

    Please send the attached information to Jocelyn Karbo directly by August 31st, 2020.

  • ✍ FNCE® Student Stipend Application Deadline September 6

    August 2020

    Students who are planning on attending the 2020 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo™ virtual event can apply for a Foundation Student Stipend before registering. Stipends are made possible by the Foundation thanks to the generosity of dietetic practice groups, member interest groups, affiliates, and individual members.

    The application deadline is September 6. Apply today!

  • 👉 Interested in Volunteering with SNS DPG?

    August 2020

    As we start a new year, the SNS DPG Executive Committee is working to bring in-demand training to members, as well as identify individuals to serve in appointed positions. We want to fill positions on diversity & inclusion, awards & scholarships, electronic communications, newsletter, and policy & advocacy committees for one year term, with the potential to be reconsidered for the next year.

    Please complete a brief survey and we will follow up with you ASAP.

  • Time to get creative!

    August 2020

    What would you like to see for our SNS DPG FNCE® Virtual Networking Event? Share your ideas here.

  • 👉 An Update from the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Academy

    July 2020

    “To more effectively address this important work and to support the Black Lives Matter Movement, the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and the Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Planning Task Force are diligently leading the efforts to make sure everyone's voice is heard, and they have the full support of the Academy’s Board. The Committee's initial recommendations to the Board include:

    1. Develop 30/60/90/120-day action plans for Board approval that include goals, anticipated outcomes, time frame, audience and listeners
    2. Design and conduct diversity and inclusion-focused engagement forums to listen and learn from our various stakeholders with outreach questions, rules of civility and a robust feedback delivery format

    Continue Reading...

  • ✍ Keep up the productive quarantining with free CPEs!

    July 2020

    The Academy's CPE On-Demand program provides FREE self-study modules highlighting new research, consumer trends, and science-based topics. Sign Up Here.

  • #FNCE 2020 is going virtual and will be held October 17 to 20!

    July 2020

    This decision was made to keep attendees, presenters, exhibitors, and staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn More! #eatrightPRO

  • Educate Yourself! Resources for a Stronger Allyship

    July 2020

    📚 Books to Read

    1. How to Be an Anti-Racist – Ibram X. Kendi
    2. White Fragility - Robin Diangelo
    3. The New Jim Crow – Michelle Alexander
    4. Between The World And Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
    5. The Autobiography of Malcom X - Alex Haley and Malcom X
    6. Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners: Books For Children And Young Adults
    7. Children's Books To Support Conversations On Race, Racism And Resistance
    8. Citizen – Claudia Rankine

    🧏 Listen

    1. Code Switch (NPR)
    2. 1619 (New York Times)
    3. About Race
    4. Parenting Forward Podcast Episode
    5. 'Five Pandemic Parenting Lessons With Cindy Wang Brandt'
    6. Fare Of The Free Child Podcast
    7. About Race
    8. Intersectionality Matters! Hosted By Kimberlé Crenshaw
    9. Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast


    📰 Read

    1. The Death of George Floyd in Context
    2. I was the Mayor of Minneapolis and I know Our Cops, Have a Problem - R. T. Rybak
    3. The 1619 Project
    4. For Our White Friends Desiring To Be Allies
    5. How to Make this Moment the Turning Point for Real Change - Barack Obama
    6. Pbs's Teaching Your Child About Black History Month
    7. Your Kids Aren't Too Young To Talk About Race: Resource Roundup From Pretty Good
    8. Detour-Spotting
    9. Why It's Not Enough To Admit When You're Being Racist: "Challenge Those Racist Ideas"

    📺 Watch

    1. The 13th
    2. When They See Us (Ava Duvernay) - Netflix
    3. I Am Not Your Negro
    4. Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Movement, Roots
    5. The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) - Hulu With Cinemax
    6. Black Feminism & The Movement For Black Lives: Barbara Smith
    7. Reina Gossett
    8. Charlene Carruthers (50:48)
    9. See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol) - Netflix
    10. Selma (Ava Duvernay) - Available To Rent
    11. The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution - Available To Rent

    📲 Follow

    The Conscious Kid: follow them on Instagram and consider signing up for their Patreon

    🧑 💻 Interact

    Talking About Race Web Portal by The National Museum of African American History & Culture

  • 👟 Gyms are closed and many of you may be taking your exercise routines outdoors

    June 2020

    Appetites may increase and the good news is, snacks can be a nutritious part of a runner’s eating plan.

    In honor of #NationalRunningDay, try these ideas.

  • Manage Stress During COVID-19

    June 2020

    During the #COVID19 outbreak, learn how to manage stress in healthful ways and cope with isolation. #eatright

  • COVID-19 Update

    June 2020

    Get more science-based information about supporting health with good nutrition and other important tips to keep your family safe during the COVID-19 pandemic from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

  • 👉 Nutrition and dietetics students: Looking for ways to get involved with the Academy?

    June 2020

    Apply to be a student liaison!

    Learn about this volunteer role!

    #eatrightPRO #futureRDN

  • ◆ Nominate yourself or a colleague for the SNS DPG Award of Excellence!

    June 2020

    All nominations are due July 1 and can be submitted here.

  • 💻 FREE webinar: Opportunities and Challenges in Providing School Meals in the Wake of COVID-19

    May 2020

    Date: May 19
    Time: 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. (CDT)

    This free webinar is available to members and nonmembers through the generosity of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation. Our Foundation needs your help now more than ever — please donate today.

    RDNs and NDTRs are working hard with other school nutrition professionals to provide school meals to children in their local communities while our nation continues to deal with  an unprecedented public health emergency.

    State agency leadership from three states will provide an overview of the progression of USDA policy changes requested from the state agencies to support local districts in receiving necessary flexibilities to successfully provide meals during COVID-19.

    The future of school meals will be impacted by COVID-19 requiring RDNs and NDTRs to understand how to advocate and support the national school meal program moving forward. An Academy advocacy representative will provide information on the latest updates and answer questions associated with school meals.

    Planned with the School Nutrition Services DPG

    Register Here

  • 👉 May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month!

    May 2020

    Visit the links below to celebrate and learn with your family while #stayingathome

    PBS.org
    AsianPacificHeritage.gov

  • ⌛ Last call for latebreaking FNCE® abstracts!

    May 2020

    Interested in submitting a late-breaking abstract for #FNCE? Review the criteria and submit a
    proposal by May 30.

  • 🍎 June 30th Deadline to renew Academy membership!

    May 2020

    The deadline to renew your Academy membership is approaching! Take a few minutes to renew today.

  • 🎉 Congratulations to our SNS DPG Policy & Advocacy Leader, Jeanne Reilly, NDTR

    May 2020

    Jeanne Reilly, NDTR, has been named Maine’s Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Recognized Dietetic Technician of the Year!

  • Member Poll

    May 2020

    We want to hear from you! 💬

    As we plan for next school year, what would you like to know more about to strengthen your school nutrition program? We will spotlight a member with insight on the topic of your choice!

    1. Farm-To-School
    2. Summer Food Service Program
    3. Alternative Breakfast Models
    4. Menu Planning and Recipe Development
    5. Procurement
    6. Federal Review Guidance
  • The Academy’s National Honors and Awards recognize outstanding nutrition and dietetics professionals

    February 2020

    Submit nominations by March 1, 2020

  • CDR is bringing Certificate of Training: Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management to the Big Easy!

    February 2020

    Certificate of Training in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management

    Event Date: March 16-18, 2020

    Location: New Orleans, Louisiana

    Registration Deadline: March 2, 2020

    Pre-Work Deadline: 16 hours of pre-work to be completed by March 9, 2020

    This program provides 35 CPEs and the cost is $370.  

    Register today and join your fellow colleagues for this exciting opportunity!

  • USDA has announced its Team Nutrition Training Grant for School Meal Recipe Development

    February 2020

    The grant will assist states in helping schools offer meals supported by recipes that utilize local agricultural products and reflect local food preparation practices and taste preferences.

          

    ✍️Important Deadlines:

    February 21, 2020: Letter of Intent
    April 3, 2020: Application Submission

          

    Learn more about this exciting opportunity here.

  • Member Poll

    February 2020

    We want to hear from you! 💬

    As we plan for next school year, what would you like to know more about to strengthen your school nutrition program? We will spotlight a member with insight on the topic of your choice!

    1. Farm-To-School
    2. Summer Food Service Program
    3. Alternative Breakfast Models
    4. Menu Planning and Recipe Development
    5. Procurement
    6. Federal Review Guidance