Smarter Lunchrooms Louisiana
SLL launched in February 2017 with a statewide training of school health and child nutrition professionals.
The goal is to use research-based evidence to design lunchroom environments that help children choose healthier options.
The mission is to provide Louisiana schools with low cost, sustainable tools that improve child eating behaviors and the
overall health of our state’s children.
- Manage Portion Sizes
- Increase Convenience
- Improve Visibility
- Enhance Taste Expectations
- Use Suggestive Language
- Set Smart Pricing Strategies
Low Cost/No Cost Solutions
Lunchroom Environment Focus
Promotion of Healthful Eating Behaviors
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:
Moving and highlighting fruit increased sales of fruit by up to 102%.
Naming vegetables and displaying the new names with the foods increased selection of vegetables from between 40% - 70%.
Placing white milk first in the lunchroom coolers has resulted in an increase of up to 46% in white milk sales.
The first highlighted entrée on the lunch line has an 11% advantage over the second option.
The number of students consuming “healthy items” increased by 35% after the introduction of a “healthy choices only” convenience line.
There is more! Research is an ongoing process and there is a great deal of
related published research available from the Cornell Food and Brand Lab
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.
Here are some ideas to help you get started:
How to Get Involved
- 1. Download the PDF
2. Download the Web App!
The Smarter Lunchrooms Scorecard is a quick and easy way to evaluate your lunchroom and help set goals for improvement…now
it’s gotten easier with the app LunchScore! The app automates the scorecard process, allows you to take pictures to document
your progress as well as tracks your results over time.
Watch the recording by Kathryn Hoy, MFN, RD, CDN, the Manager
of the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs, to learn about this great tool!
The Smarter Lunchrooms App Is Also Available At:
Helpful Tools for the App:
- 3. Plate Waste Summary Template