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What is a Smarter Lunchroom?

A smarter lunchroom is one that nudges kids towards nutritious foods. Over 30 million children are fed by the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). We believe that this program is an opportunity for kids to select and consume a balance diet. The Smarter Lunchroom applies research-based principles that lead children to make healthy choices when provided with the full spectrum of choice.

Best Practices

In an effort to reach out and provide resources to schools across the nation, the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement has assembled a set of Best Practices which are effective at creating an environment that nudges kids toward healthful choices. These Best Practices are solution based principles which focus on specific aspects of the school meal. 

Fruit

Targeted Entrée

Vegetables

Reimbursable Meals

Dairy

Does This Really Work?

All of the Best Practices and lunchroom solutions that the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement endorses have been studied and proven effective in a wide variety of schools across the nation. The Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs (B.E.N. Center) applies experimental research from the Cornell Food & Brand Lab to school lunchrooms. Here are some quick take-aways from the B.E.N. Center research:

There is more! Research is an ongoing process and there is a great deal of related research available from the Cornell Food and Brand Lab!

Click Here to read through the research articles!

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As a Student, you are in the position to bring a food revolution to your school! We are excited to help you and your school by providing tools which encourage positive change in the lunchroom!
As a Parent, you are in a position to influence, educate and reinforce healthful eating habits in schools and as well as at home!
As a Teacher, you are in the position to benefit your students’ minds and bodies through healthy eating!
As a Health Professional, you are in a position to influence, educate and assist your school community in making healthful environment choices!
As a Superintendent, you are in the position to influence meals and minds of an entire district!
As a Food Service Director, you are in a position to influence all of the students in your schools with healthful meals!