Healthy Kids, Healthy Programs Virtual Summit
Sponsored by the Office for Food and Nutrition Programs at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and The John C. Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition.
Join school nutrition professionals from across the Commonwealth on May 6 and 7 at the Healthy Kids, Healthy Programs Virtual Summit. Together, let’s celebrate the ingenuity, resilience, and dedication of Massachusetts school nutrition professionals who work tirelessly to fuel children and communities.
New for 2021! Invite your staff to join the summit on May 7 for sessions designed to appeal to and inspire your entire school nutrition team and recognize their hard work with the School Lunch Hero Day celebration finale!
Improv and positivity leader, Jon Colby, will emcee this year’s virtual event and there is no cost to attend.
If you require an accommodation, please complete the accommodation request form as soon as possible.
May 6, 2021 – for directors and managers
Stefanie Giannini, MA, SNS, Assistant Director of Food and Nutrition Services, Marquardt School District 15, Glendale Heights, Illinois and Founder of IVATI
Despite common myth, there is no such thing as the perfect team. You may find yourself with a bad apple in the bunch, clashing personalities, or different levels of work ethic and motivation. Leading a team can be especially challenging during crisis and unprecedented times; individuals have different worries, fears, and comfort levels surrounding change. Regardless of all outside factors, leaders must remember that the dream team starts with them! Join this session to learn how to cultivate the dream team within the team you already have; discover how to look at each of your teammates as unique ingredients for a recipe for success! SLC: 3440
Liz Roesel, SEA Level Social
Join marketing expert Liz Roesel of SEA Level Social as she shares her tried and true tips for food photography, crafting an effective message and two-click social media actions to reach a larger audience. This dynamic session is filled with actionable takeaways, for both you and your staff to tell your story and feed more children!
SLCs: 4110, 4120, 4150
Robert Leshin, MPA, Director, Office for Food and Nutrition Programs, DESE
This past year’s historical changes to school meals and the seemingly unending challenges have tested the resilience of school nutrition professionals. Rob will reflect on the ups and downs and everyone’s hard work, determination, and collective successes during the pandemic. Additionally, Rob will provide a federal and state school meals update and highlight areas of support from the department to help school nutrition programs serve their communities now and moving forward. SLCs: 3200, 3230, 3260
May 7, 2021 – for directors, managers, and staff
Paul Krismer, Certified Executive Coach and Best-Selling Author of Whole Person Happiness
Are you ready for a positivity lift? Get a blast of personal well-being in this inspirational keynote filled with positive psychology techniques to help you thrive and feel your best. With practical advice coupled with funny storytelling, Paul provides an inspiring toolkit for resilience! Embrace the research results that prove positive emotions come readily when certain skills are learned. See how these skills lead directly to greater success. Come away equipped to fuel your personal happiness and create positive energy amongst the people you influence. Learn practical ways to amplify momentum. Discover insights about how to powerfully engage teams and create a culture of resiliency during times of change. SLC: 4140
Chef Tracey Burg, RD, JSI
Discover one of the hottest food trends among GenZ…Buddha Bowls! These easy-to-assemble, visually appealing, plant-focused grain bowls are gaining popularity nationwide. In this culinary session, JSI Chef Tracey will demonstrate a variety of themed Buddha Bowls, followed by a panel discussion on how to incorporate this fresh and customizable option into your school menu with kid-appeal that is sure to boost participation! SLCs: 2130, 4120
Sit back, relax and enjoy the show! May 7, 2021 is School Lunch Hero Day, and all Massachusetts school nutrition professionals are invited to a virtual celebration. Join us as we reflect and celebrate the amazing impact you’ve had on your community. SLCs: 4120, 4150
Consider hosting a socially distant group viewing for your staff on May 7 in celebration of School Lunch Hero Day!