Promote healthy eating behaviors with simple changes to the lunchroom environment at your school.
Smarter LunchroomsSmarter Lunchrooms Movement
Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs
Smarter Lunchrooms: Using Behavioral Economics to Improve Meal Selection
Agricultural and Applied Economics Association. Choices Magazine.
Lunch Line Redesign
New York Times.
Food and Brand Lab YouTube Channel
These videos provide quick tips from the Smarter Lunchroom Movement and are great as part of an in-service or other training.
ReFresh Toolkit (PDF | 4.48 MB)
Maryland State Department of Education; University of Maryland Extension.
A collection of resources to help school food service staff, teachers and parents to support children’s healthy eating habits in the school cafeteria. These resources are built on the ‘the nudge’, an environmental cue that influences behavior change. The cafeteria environment provides multiple opportunities to influence healthy eating behaviors of children.
When Nudging in the Lunch Line Might Be a Good Thing
USDA. ERS. Amber Waves.
Creating Positive and Pleasant Mealtimes for Schools and Early Childhood Programs
Montana Team Nutrition.
This training resource addresses a variety of mealtime scenarios and tips for positive meal time practices. Materials include a video, poster, handouts, PowerPoint presentation, and recorded webinar. Separate resources are available for school professionals and child care providers.
Creating Smarter Lunchrooms Online Course
Cornell University's Smarter Lunchrooms Initiative; Channel One News.
How do you trick students into making healthier decisions at lunch? Part one shows what students chose before their lunch line is redesigned to promote healthy choices. Part two compares the differences in student choices after the lunch line redesign.
Nudging Your Students
Minnesota Department of Health.
Two page handout of quick tips for "nudging" students toward healthy options.
Smarter Lunchrooms Resources
Iowa Department of Education.
Resources include presentation slides, self-assessment scorecard, cues for positive communication, and a best practice and implementation guide.