Ask students what their favorite part of the day is; chances are, they will say recess or lunch! Time to socialize with friends is time well spent, but often the action of actually eating during the lunch period becomes secondary. As a teacher, your influence is key to guiding students to make good choices in and out of the classroom. Creating a Student Nutrition Action Committee (SNAC) is one way that you can positively utilize your influence to encourage kids to make healthy eating choices in the school lunchroom. Developing a SNAC in your school is a great way to generate ideas, enthusiasm, and manpower for making changes that improve the lunchroom and students’ nutrition. A SNAC can provide an inclusive environment for students of all grade levels from elementary, to middle, to high school. While older students can provide more manpower to put initiatives in effect, helping younger students to develop positive attitudes about healthy eating will have a great payoff over time! The Smarter Lunchrooms Movement has developed a detailed guide to setting up a SNAC that can be found here.
A SNAC can help to encourage healthy eating at your school by:
“Organize Your SNAC.” Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs.