Content tagged "the business of school food"

School Summer Nutrition Programs - It's More Than Just Serving Lunch!

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: December 13, 2017

Many school lunch programs operate year round to serve students enrolled in summer school programs and to ensure that students in the community do not have...

The Name Game: Sending the Right Message

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: October 16, 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...

Getting Help and Cash: Building Relationships and Finding Funding

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: September 18, 2017

Adam Brumberg, Deputy Director, Cornell Food and Brand Lab, presents on how school food service organizations can build relationships with external...

Decisions, Decisions: Behavioral Economics in the Lunchroom

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 18, 2017

Cornell University’s Smarter Lunchrooms Movement works to apply principles from behavioral economics to school lunchroom environments. Because individuals,...

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: 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...

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 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...

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...

Exploring the Movement to Healthy School Meals Through Farm to School

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

In addition to describing the movement to include local and regional foods in school meal programs, cultivate school gardens, and provide students with...

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...

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...

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...

Offer vs Serve in a Smarter Lunchroom

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

Can you implement the USDA's Offer vs Serve provision and be a Smarter Lunchroom? Absolutely! Watch this webinar to refresh your knowledge on Offer vs Serve...

Increasing Local Produce in School Lunch

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

Sarasota County Florida has a thriving Farm to School program. In the 2014-2015 school year each month during the growing season, 30-67% of all produce...

Farm to School Resources- Colorado Department of Education

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

The term “Farm to School” often suggests images of freshly picked produce waiting to be shipped to your local school district, but how these products...

Right Sizing: Creating Appealing & Satisfying Portions in School Meals

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: June 14, 2017

David Just, PhD, Professor and Co-director for the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs at Cornell University will walk...

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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