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Note from our Executive Director, Nicole Hodson

Succession planning is a boring term we use in the association world to describe the process of mapping out the future leadership of an organization. Every association should have a strong succession plan to make sure that the right people are groomed to take over key leadership roles as the years move on. The same is true of membership growth and planning – we have to think of the future of the industry and who will take our message and mission to future generations.

It’s hard to imagine what our industry will look like in say, five or even ten years. After nine years at the NANP, I can tell you the industry has changed a lot over the past near decade. But last night I had a glimpse of the future, from a most unexpected source.

As a food geek and avid cook, I’m in love with cooking shows and competitions. I can’t get enough of shows like Hell’s Kitchen, MasterChef, and of course, Chopped. And, over the past few years, MasterChef and Chopped have started to host competitions for kids, which I find even more entertaining than the adult competitions. I’m fascinated with the junior chefs’ sparkling personalities and amazed by the masterpieces they are able to create at such young ages. These kids are extraordinary, as are many of their stories.

Last evening, I settled down to do a little cross stitch and catch up on some of my recorded TV shows. As I began watching a Mother’s Day Chopped Junior episode I found myself enthralled by the story of Townsend Childress, a sixth-grade boy from Florida. Townsend’s Mom had recently battled cancer, and he had taken it upon himself to cook her healthy food so that she could be strong enough to beat it. Wow! Here was a twelve-year-old boy who had already made the connection between healthy foods and healing the body. 

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Announcing our 2016 Award winners


The Going Up Award went to Jenny Helman who works with The Ceres Community Project where she teaches  nutrition education classes at The Forestville Wellness Center and Senior Peer Counselor Volunteer with the Community Family Service Agency.

The Impact Award went to Mirlinda Bejta 
who continues to improve the awareness of Nutrition and Healthy Eating in her home country; Kosovov which includes lectures on Healthy Eating and Nutrition at many National and local schools and also at the Capital City's University.

The Service Award went to Andrea Nakayama, Functional Nutrition Educator, and Founder at Holistic Nutrition Lab.  Andrea has obtained visibility in the wider world during the past year through her graduate level teaching programs.  

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Food As Medicine is a This As That Production feature-length documentary film that follows the growing movement of using food to heal chronic illness and disease. Food As Medicine documents the journey of food, health, community and hope.
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NANP Conference Photos!
Aside from great food, good company, fantastic speakers and excellent education, we had FUN! 

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Conference recordings
plus more photos to follow on our Facebook Conference Expo Page.
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