Content tagged "smarter lunchrooms movement"

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...

Using the Smarter Lunchrooms Online Scorecard Tracker

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: September 11, 2017

The Smarter Lunchrooms Movement National Office has recently released a new online tool that allows users to fill out the Smarter Lunchrooms 60 Point...

Online Resources for Smarter Lunchrooms and Smarter Mealtimes at SmarterLunchrooms.org

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 28, 2017

Smarter Lunchrooms National Office curriculum designer Erin Sharp (M.S., M.A.T.) presents the exciting recent resources developed to support the strategies...

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...

A Complete Guide to Reimbursable Meals for Smarter Lunchrooms

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 18, 2017

Are you scoring the correct points on the reimbursable meals component of the Smarter Lunchrooms Scorecard? This webinar will break down the reimbursable...

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...

Smarter Lunchroom Principles are Worth Every Penny: How Simple Lunchroom Changes Impact the School Meal Program Bottom Line

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 18, 2017

The Smarter Lunchrooms Movement champions several research based behavioral interventions in school cafeterias. The two most widely used interventions are...

How to Measure School Lunchroom Success!

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 18, 2017

What does success look like in school food? Now a-days community pressure and the public eye are demanding that school food prove it’s worth…but how? Success...

News You Can Use: Steps to Generating Statistics for Positive School Meal PR

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 18, 2017

Evaluation is important for determining whether a policy or change is effective. In this webinar, Drew Hanks walks participants through the steps for...

The Name Game: Sending the Right Message

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 15, 2017

Why do restaurants use appealing descriptive adjectives like “succulent” or “fresh” on their menus? Because it makes dishes sound more appealing and can even...

Top 10 Tips for Working with Your Local Extension on Nutrition Education

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 15, 2017

Cooperative Extension (also called Agricultural Extension) is a nationwide resource that brings research-based, practical information and classes to the...

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...

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...

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...

More or Less Plate Waste with Updated School Nutrition Policies?

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

Despite some negative press surrounding the new nutrition standards in school meal programs, many schools have seen a positive impact on plate waste and...

Smarter Lunchrooms Success in Broward County

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

Schools that are learning about Smarter Lunchrooms for the first time often find that they are already implementing many of the recommended techniques in...

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: August 10, 2017

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

Smarter Lunchrooms and Let’s Go! Maine – A Perfect Match

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

The Smarter Lunchrooms Movement is championed in the state of Maine by Let’s Go!, a nationally recognized childhood obesity prevention program of the Barbara...

The Creation and Evolution of the Smarter Lunchrooms Scorecard

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: July 21, 2017

The Smarter Lunchrooms Scorecard is comprised of 60 strategies for designing a school lunchroom environment that encourages selection and consumption of...

How to Work with School Food Service Providers from the experience of a Smarter Lunchrooms Technical Assistance Provider in Chicago Public Schools

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: May 16, 2017

There are two forms of school food dining operations across the United States: Self-Operated, and Food Service Providers. Self-Operated operations are run by...

Building Synergies between Farm to School and Smarter Lunchrooms

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: May 16, 2017

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Science (UF/IFAS) Extension's Family Nutrition Program has an innovative training program that...

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