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For Immediate Release: March 29, 2005
Contact: Mary Stadick-Smith - (605) 773-7228

Training to Address Hot Topics in School Food Service

Food-service professionals are invited to “step up to the plate” at a training hosted by the Department of Education’s Child and Adult Nutrition Services. The 41st annual Child Nutrition Program Certification Institute will be held June 19-24 at Augustana College in Sioux Falls . This year’s theme is “Step Up to the Plate for Child Nutrition.”

Eight tracks will be offered at the institute. Each covers a range of topics and skill levels, including food safety and basic nutrition, menu planning, quantity food production, and management issues.

New this year is the “Healthy Schools Track,” which will address timely issues such as federal requirements regarding wellness policies, new dietary guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and mandatory food safety programs using Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point principles.

Participants may complete one track each year. After completion of track four, participants graduate from the institute with a certificate. All tracks qualify for 30 hours of continuing education credits from the School Nutrition Association.

The early-bird registration fee is $125 per person, with a deadline of April 29. After that date, registration is $150 per person. Final registration deadline is May 13. The costs of on-campus lodging and meals are additional.

For complete information, call Child and Adult Nutrition Services at (605) 773-3413. A registration form can be downloaded at the following website:

Certificate Institute Website