Content tagged "in the lunchroom"

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...

Part One: Food Safety Considerations when Procuring Local Foods for Your Cafeteria

Food Safety Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: September 14, 2017

Food remains an important topic with health implications tied to chronic diseases, policy, and ethics.  Over time, this focus has evolved into farm-to-fork,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Habits that Help: How to Utilize Our Food-Choice Biases to Improve Nutrition

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

Eating behaviors tend to be programmed during childhood as kids determine what foods they do or do not like, so increasing a child’s preference for healthy...

Tray Waste Part III: Effectively Present Your Data

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

The data that you collected can tell you the percentage of food being wasted before and after you implemented a change in your cafeteria. It will also tell...

Harvest of the Month

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

Florida’s Farm-to- School Harvest of the Month program provides educational materials that highlight a different Florida-grown food item each month. The...

Did You Know? Lesser Known Facts About School Meals

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

Historically, school food has gotten a bad rap for being unappetizing and even having poor nutritional value. If you haven’t been in a school cafeteria...

How to Prepare for a Successful Administrative Review

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: December 23, 2016

The Administrative Review is a comprehensive evaluation of school meals programs in school food authorities (SFAs) participating in the National School Lunch...

Finding Common Ground Amid Changing Standards for School Food

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: December 23, 2016

As issues of childhood obesity continue to make the headlines, the USDA is proposing new regulations on schools as part of the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act...

What is the National School Breakfast Program and How Does It Work?

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: December 23, 2016

 A hungry student may be one who can’t concentrate well enough to learn. Consider the National School Breakfast Program (NSBP) to address concerns about...

The Special Milk Program: An Introduction

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: December 23, 2016

BackgroundThe Special Milk Program (SMP) was established in 1955 to increase the milk consumption by children in schools and childcare institutions that do...

Waiting in the Lunch line: It Doesn’t Have to be Wasted Time

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: December 23, 2016

Fidgety, distracted, bored: these adjectives are synonymous with waiting in line. Add hunger and consider that those in line are young children in a lunch...

Marketing Food to Children

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: December 23, 2016

In 2005, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) published an influential report regarding the impact of advertising on children’s food choice and obesity[1].  In...

Smart Snacks: How One High School Continues to Contribute to the Bottom Line

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: December 23, 2016

The Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act (HHFKA) and the introduction of the Smart Snacks guidelines left many school districts wondering how they were going to...

Food Service Personnel: On the Job and In the Know

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: October 24, 2016

School food service directors and staff are expected to nourish students with tasty nutritious foods that follow MyPlate guidelines with, frequently, limited...

How Food Service Directors and Staff Can Use Produce in the Cafeteria

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: June 21, 2016

We’ve all grown up hearing, “Eat your veggies!” but many of us never stop to think why, beyond a vague understanding that they are healthy.  Most of us would...

Making School Meals a Family Meal Time

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: June 16, 2016

When you think of family meals, what picture pops into your head?  Even though family meals may mean something different to everyone, the benefits are...

Benefits of School Lunch for Your Kids

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: April 22, 2016

The Food and Nutrition Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) administers several child nutrition programs.  One of the most...

Smart Snacks Resources to Help Schools with Implementation and Environmental Change

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 31, 2016

The Smart Snacks in School standards went into effect on July 1, 2014 in an effort to improve the nutritional quality of snack foods and beverages sold...

The “Trigger” Effect: Certain Foods May Trigger Kids to Buy or Avoid Junk Food

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 31, 2016

Students typically walk past a wide assortment of food options as they proceed through the lunch line to buy meals at school—and the foods they pass on the...

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