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Building Relationships to Support Change

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: November 17, 2017

We are pleased to announce the Smarter Lunchroom Movement of California Collaborative webinar for all Technical Assistance Providers and those aspiring to...

United States of Smarter Lunchrooms: Stories from Michigan, Washington, and Illinois Incorporating Evidence-Based Tools Provided by Smarter Lunchrooms National Office

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: November 17, 2017

The Smarter Lunchroom Movement has diffused widely and rapidly in California. To support this movement, community and health professionals are developing and...

Introduction to Tray Waste Data Collection Techniques

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: November 17, 2017

Do you want to dig deeper into understanding what students are actually eating? It’s not nutrition until it is eaten, which is why we invite you to join us...

How to Engage Youth with Smarter Lunchroom Strategies

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: November 17, 2017

Engaging youth is a critical component to successfully implementing Smarter Lunchrooms Movement and meeting the needs of the SLM customer- the...

Wellness Beyond the Lunchroom: How to Advocate for Wellness within the Whole School Environment

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: November 16, 2017

Providing delicious and nutritious foods in the lunchroom is a huge step in creating a healthy environment for students. Maintaining healthy behaviors in...

Breakfast in the Classroom: What Advocates Say

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: October 16, 2017

Numerous studies show that eating breakfast has great impact on children’s ability to learn. According to the Food Research and Action Center, eating...

Martin County School District Earns USDA Best Practices Award for Smarter Lunchrooms Success

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: September 18, 2017

The results are in: Smarter Lunchrooms strategies can have a big impact on fruit and vegetable consumption -- just ask the Food and Nutrition Services (FNS)...

Farm to School Success Story: Maryland Homegrown School Lunch Week Celebrates with Local Maryland Apples

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: September 18, 2017

On an early fall day in September, 450 students at Washington Grove Elementary School learned first-hand what locally grown Maryland apples taste like—and...

Five Things to Know About “Water in Schools”

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: September 18, 2017

What is “Water in Schools”?Water in Schools is a project sponsored by the California Department of Health and funded by the Centers for Disease Control and...

Seek Parental Involvement in Smarter Lunchrooms Movement Initiatives

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 18, 2017

Children’s food preferences are influenced by their parents and families from their very first bites. Whether Mom or Dad is a gourmet chef or the family...

Tray Waste Part II: 5 Simple Steps to Efficiently Measure Tray Waste

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 18, 2017

Measuring tray waste can give insights into what foods kids are eating and what foods are being thrown away. In order for the healthy foods to give students...

Tray Waste Part I: Determine the Impact of Lunchroom Changes by Measuring Tray Waste

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 18, 2017

Making healthy changes to the school lunchroom is a no-brainer, but how do you know if those changes are really making an impact?Schools participating in...

Increase Meal Participation with Behavioral Economics Principles

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 18, 2017

Make Reimbursable Meals Convenient – During the lunch period, place Grab N’Go meals in high traffic areas or near popular hangouts. In other words, bring the...

News You can Use: Tips for Your School Newsletter

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 15, 2017

School newsletters are an effective way to communicate all kinds of information to families in your school or district.  Newsletters are a great place to...

Serving Up the Smile Factor: 5 Ways to Leverage Likeability and Increase Lunchroom Sales

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 15, 2017

Research shows that people prefer to say “yes” to individuals they know and like1,2. Likability is the best predictor of success for ad campaigns3 and has...

The CAN Approach to Healthier, Smarter Lunchrooms

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 15, 2017

Dr. Brian Wansink, director of Cornell’s Food and Brand Lab has been studying eating behavior and food psychology for decades. Through his extensive...

The Conundrum of Competitive Foods: 3 Ways to Maintain Revenue and Promote Healthier Options

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 15, 2017

Food service directors have a tall order to fulfill: they must ensure the hundreds, or even thousands, of students they feed receive meals meeting specific...

Slice It Up: Serving Pre-Cut Fruit can Increase Fruit Consumption

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 15, 2017

MyPlate and USDA’s new nutrition standards for school meals have placed greater emphasis on getting students to eat more fruit. Yet, very few students select...

Perform Your Own “Smarter Lunchroom Makeover”: The Simple, Low-Cost Changes That Can Improve Students’ Lunch Selections

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 15, 2017

Getting students to actually select and eat the healthy options offered during lunch may seem like a daunting task, but the mere layout of a lunchroom can...

Tiny Tasty Tree Tops: Study Shows that Giving Vegetables Attractive Names Increases Their Popularity among School Children

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 15, 2017

Most restaurants jazz up the allure of their menu items by adding appealing descriptive words, such as Grandma’s Homemade Mac and Cheese   instead of...

The Evolution of Nutritious School Meals – Yesterday and Today

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

School lunch has always been designed to provide school children with a healthy midday meal, but what exactly is a “nutritious school lunch” and how has it...

2015 Dietary Guidelines and What they Mean for Schools

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans provide science-based recommendations that are used in the development of federal nutrition policies and programs,...

Using Veggies from School Gardens in Recipes

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

School gardens are a great way to introduce children to a wide variety of fruits and vegetables.  Studies have shown that children who are involved in the...

Why Reducing Food Waste in School Meal Programs Matters

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

School foodservice directors have great pressures to meet federal, state, and local demands for nutrition, safety, and lunchroom participation. Consequently,...

Prompts, Pushes, and Pulls: Using the Power of Persuasion to Influence Student Food Choices

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

Individuals make thousands of decisions each day and are faced with hundreds of food choices.  If we had to stop and analyze every decision completely we...

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