Content tagged "smarter lunchrooms movement"

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...

Get the Word Out: Write a Press Release

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 24, 2016

Press releases are short (under a page) and factual. The intention is to give enough information to interest the media while keeping it short enough to...

Partnering with National and Local Organizations to Access Resources for your Cafeteria

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: February 10, 2016

“Work smarter, not harder”, “two heads are better than one”, "why reinvent the wheel” – these axioms make a lot of sense; especially in the business of...

Peas before Pizza: Why Food Order Matters in the Lunch Line

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: October 14, 2015

Have you ever been to a buffet and filled your plate on the first few offerings, only to find that your favorite dish is last in line?  You’re not the only...

How to Recruit New School Nutrition Action Committee Members

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: July 31, 2014

Your school’s Student Nutrition Action Committee (SNAC) is a great resource for students interested in nutrition, but how can you make sure students join the...

Popular Ideas for Student Nutrition Action Committee Events and Fundraisers

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: July 31, 2014

A Student Nutrition Action Committee (SNAC) is a great way for you to make your schools healthier by influencing students to make healthier food choices in...

Serving Up Sliced Apples: Wayne County, NY Schools, Cornell Cooperative Extension and Regional Food Bank Make It Happen

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: July 31, 2014

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wayne County (CCE) began working with school district food service directors (FSDs) several years ago to pursue ways to...

Generating Buy-In From School Administration Officials

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: July 31, 2014

While most members of the school community are generally in favor of changes that can improve the school environment for students, one of the challenges that...

Increase the Number of Students that Select Reimbursable Meals

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: July 31, 2014

During a busy lunch period, time is students’ most valuable commodity and they will often grab a snack or skip lunch altogether rather than wait in a long...

Building in Choices for Kids in Lyons, NY

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: July 31, 2014

Over the years, food service personnel in Lyons Central School District (LCSD), located in Wayne County, NY, have worked very hard to make sure the...

Involving Middle School Students in Smarter Lunchroom Design

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: July 30, 2014

Natalie Tauzin RD, MPH  and Kai Swan discuss how student and staff input and engagement activities were used to promote fruits and vegetables in the school...

Benefits of Being a School Nutrition Action Committee Student President

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: June 26, 2014

A Student Nutrition Action Committee (SNAC) gives students who are interested in promoting healthy habits the opportunity to work within the school to...

Guiding Healthier Choices in Schools: The Case of Choice Architecture vs. Choice Restrictions

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: February 26, 2014

 Recall your childhood, or even think back to recent interactions with your child or children.  When they need to go to bed, how do you phrase it?  Do you...

Do You Know What’s Happening in Your Lunchroom? Healthy Lunch Tips for School Administrators

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: January 24, 2014

The lunchroom can be viewed as the ‘learning laboratory’ for nutrition and health lessons. For this reason, it is important to know what is going on in the...

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