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The 6 Smarter Lunchroom Principles

  1. Manage Portion Sizes
  2. Increase Convenience
  3. Improve Visibility
  4. Enhance Taste Expectations
  5. Use Suggestive Language
  6. Set Smart Pricing Strategies
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Core Values of Smarter Lunchrooms

  • Low Cost/No Cost Solutions
  • Lunchroom Environment Focus
  • Promotion of Healthful Eating Behaviors
  • Sustainability
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Does It 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:

  • 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 !

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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. Here are some ideas to help you get started:

Smarter Lunchrooms Scorecard How Will Your School Benefit?

Completing the Smarter Lunchrooms Self-Assessment Scorecard is a required component of applying for the HealthierUS School Challenge Award. You are well on your way to getting recognized as a health-promoting school!

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