Smarter Lunchrooms


Promote healthy eating behaviors with simple changes to the lunchroom environment at your school.



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.


Smarter Lunchrooms Movement

Cornell University.


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

Cornell University.

These videos provide quick tips from the Smarter Lunchroom Movement and are great as part of an in-service or other training.


Comfortable Cafeterias Webinar Comfortable Cafeterias Webinar

Iowa Team Nutrition.

Tips for proving an atmosphere that encourages students to select healthy foods choices. Webinar Slides and a Mealtime Philosophy Poster are also available.


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.


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.


Lunch'd

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.