What if you could encourage kids to make healthier food choices simply by changing how foods are displayed in a school cafeteria? What if the placement of foods on school lunch menus could actually make a difference in how often that food was chosen?
These simple principles do matter. And they are part of the practices that underlie the Smarter Lunchroom Movement. The Smarter Lunchroom applies research-based principles that encourage kids to make healthy food choices.
Kaiser Permanente is partnering with the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs, California Department of Education, California Department of Public Health, The California Endowment, California Food Policy Advocates, Dairy Council of California, and University of California CalFresh Nutrition Education Program in California to spread the principles and best practices of the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement as a way to promote more healthful eating. Kaiser Permanente working in partnership has a unique opportunity to further influence and improve eating behaviors in adults and children by implementing these best practices in our hospitals and in our schools and communities.
What is a Smarter Lunchroom?
A Smarter Lunchroom is one that influences kids towards choosing healthier, more nutritious foods, giving kids an opportunity to select and consume a balanced diet. Over 30 million children are fed by the National School Lunch Program creating a significant opportunity to apply the Smarter Lunchroom concept in school cafeterias. The mission of the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement it to equip schools with tools and best practices to create sustainable, research-based lunchrooms that lead children to make healthy choices.
Get Started with Your School’s Lunchroom
Want to get started creating a Smarter Lunchroom at your school? Thriving Schools encourages you to visit the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement website for comprehensive tools and training. Smarter Lunchrooms demonstrates sustainable, low/no-cost solutions with a focus on the environment and the promotion of healthful eating behaviors. Try restructuring your school’s lunchroom to nudge kids towards nutritious foods with some of these simple changes.