JSI Helps Bring the Smarter Lunchroom Movement to Massachusetts

Have you heard about the Smarter Lunchroom Movement? Founded in 2009, the Movement  is dedicated to providing low and no-cost solutions to school lunchrooms which encourage kids to take and eat nutrient dense foods such as milk/cheese, fruits, vegetables and healthful entrees.

The movement focuses on adjusting the school food environment through sustainable, cost-effective methods to promote healthy eating. Smarter Lunchroom best practices are founded on research-based principles that are the most effective ways to “nudge” kids to make healthy choices when provided with the full spectrum of choice in school nutrition programs. Cornell researchers have found these methods bring results – for example, displaying new, appealing names with vegetables increased consumption by as much as 70%.

JSI and the B.E.N. Center at Cornell University have partnered to bring a day-long Smarter Lunchroom training session to Framingham State University on November 29. Registration is full for that session, but JSI and the Smarter Lunchroom Initiative wants to extend this training opportunity to all parts of the state – particularly schools or school districts in Western Massachusetts. If you are interested in hosting a Smarter Lunchroom training in your school, please email Karen McGrail to find out more!

Also available on the Smarter Lunchrooms web site is the Creating Smarter Lunchrooms Online Course – which is SNA accredited for 2 CEUs. Interested in more about ways to promote and market healthy eating? Visit the JSI Resource Center’s “Promoting Your School Nutrition Program” page for links to more online resources.

You can also follow Smarter Lunchrooms on Twitter.

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