With all of the changes to school nutrition on the horizon, HUMAN is teaming up with the National School Boards Association (NSBA) to ensure members know why healthy vending machines in schools will soon be required.
What is the NSBA Partnership?
HUMAN is now an official service partner of the National School Boards Association, a not-for-profit organization representing state associations of school boards and their more than 90,000 local school board members throughout the U.S. Via our recently announced partnership with the NSBA, HUMAN will be incorporating NSBA messaging into our healthy vending machines’ LCD digital monitors and educating state association executive directors by providing nutrition newsletters hosted on NSBA’s state association section on their website.
Why is this partnership timely?
This partnership is especially pertinent right now since school boards and school administrators are preparing for major upcoming changes that will soon require healthy vending machines in schools to comply with both ingredients and nutrients limits. The USDA’s Smart Snacks In School rules mandate that all schools who accept assistance from the National School Lunch program revamp their “competitive food” offerings by July 1, 2014. “Competitive foods” include foods sold in vending machines, student stores, and a la carte lunch lines, meaning that come July of this year, healthy vending machines in schools must be the norm. Because of this, it’s more important than ever that school administrators and school board members be familiar with how they can get healthful snack options into the hands of their students and effectively implement Smart Snacks In School. HUMAN’s partnership with the NSBA will help to achieve just this!
What does this mean for HUMAN?
On top of the nutrition newsletters that HUMAN will be providing the NSBA, HUMAN will also be exhibiting at the NSBA’s 74th Annual Conference in New Orleans April 5-7, and Sean Kelly, CEO and Co-Founder of HUMAN, will be leading two “Study Hall” sessions covering what school officials need to know about the Smart Snacks In School rules in advance of their implementation date of July 1, 2014. If you will be attending the conference, please check out Sean’s sessions on Sat. at 11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. or 2:45 – 3:15 p.m. in Study Hall 4.
“We are grateful to be an official service partner of the NSBA and to be able to educate their members on the competitive food issues that affect their students’ health, their employees’ job functions and, ultimately, their bottom line,” said Sean Kelly.
We’re confident that our partnership with the NSBA will help ensure students have increased access to healthful foods and that all schools will be able to implement Smart Snacks In School and convert to healthy vending before the July 1 deadline.
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