The John C. Stalker Institute
of Food and Nutrition

at Framingham State University

2015 Healthy Kids, Healthy Programs Summit

Healthy Kids

Sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the John C. Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition.

May 20 & 21, 2015
Four Points by Sheraton
Norwood, MA

School nutrition directors, managers and business managers from across the Commonwealth gathered for this two-day summit aimed at promoting healthy students and healthy school nutrition programs. This program provides five hours each day of professional development with three tracks to allow for advanced learning.

2015 Summit Highlights

Welcome from Commissioner Mitchell Chester

May 20, 2015

Scott Noyes

Breakfast Keynote Address:
Communicating with Confidence and Clarity by Scott Noyes

May 20, 2015

Robert Murray

Lunch Keynote Address:
The Learning Connection by Dr. Robert Murray
sponsored by the New England Dairy and Food Council

May 21, 2015

Tim Reardon

Breakfast Keynote Address:
Innovative Culinary Uses for Greek Yogurt by Chef Tim Reardon
sponsored by Chobani Foodservice

May 21, 2015

Adam Brumberg

Lunch Keynote Address:
Nudge Marketing by Adam Brumberg

Educational Specialists from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and guest speakers will lead three distinct learning tracks - allowing for advanced learning.

Choose one of the following learning tracks when you register:
Important note: The learning tracks are continuous, build throughout the two days and are not repeated.

Continuous Quality Improvement

Expand your capacity to motivate staff, create a positive workplace culture, as well as address the hot topic regulatory areas critical to the operation of your program. Scott Noyes will build off of his keynote address during day one of this track, addressing how to motivate employees, create a positive workplace culture and conflict management. Day two will touch on the hot topic regulatory areas of Professional Standards, Whole Grains in the School Meal Programs and comparisons between USDA Smart Snacks and the Massachusetts Nutrition Standards for Competitive Foods and Beverages.

Resource Management

Advance your knowledge about effective financial management in your school nutrition program and learn the essentials of the USDA school lunch resource management regulations and requirements. We will start with the "30,000 foot view" of food service financial management and then drill down into the whats, whys, and hows of the key financial management areas critical to drive your school nutrition operation into financial health: Financial Reporting (Balance Sheet, Profit & Loss, and General Ledger), Budgeting, and Effective Cash Management. Over the course of this learning track we will address the key areas included in the Resource Management Comprehensive Review and identify some of the "better" and "not-so-good" practices we've seen in our experience over the last two years of reviews.

Promotion and Marketing

Increase your participation and make your program come alive by using promotion and marketing techniques that capture student interest and make your program shine. This track will focus on teaching you what techniques work at various levels and provide you with examples of low and no-cost tips, strategies, and resources to use in your program. Topics include promotion and marketing of school meals, special events, using signage and bulletin boards and using the cafeteria to connect to local wellness initiatives.

Adam Brumberg will build off his keynote address during day two of this track, addressing the important topic of how to increase your program's bottom line.