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
In 2016, Child nutrition personnel (school food service authorities, managers, directors, technicians and other cafeteria staff) in the state of Louisiana (n=1,078)
completed a needs assessment survey. When asked about perceived barriers to meal participation there was considerable variability (13-35%).
However, students’ image of meals, preferences and family support
identified as top barriers. That said, Louisiana is well poised to continue to adopt, implement and study Smarter Lunchroom Strategies. Whether it is re-naming menu
items or highlighting the first entrée on the lunch line, Smarter Lunchroom Strategies are valuable solutions for improving meal participation for many programs across
The Smarter Lunchrooms National Office has put together a list of Smarter Lunchrooms scholars as well as an annotated bibliography of field research:
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
Download the 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 Available At:
Helpful Tools for the App:
3. Plate Waste Summary Template