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Cal Pro NET | California Professional Nutrition Education Training Center

Outreach Toolkit

To Promote California School Meal Programs

Menus & Cafeteria Promotions: Smarter Lunchrooms Movement

The Smarter Lunchrooms Movement was started in 2009 with the goal of modifying school lunchrooms by applying research-based principles that promote smarter food choices by children and which result in more healthful eating at minimal or no additional cost to schools. The " Smarter Lunchrooms Self-Assessment Scorecard" is now a part of the HealthierUS School Challenge.

The mission of the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement of California is to provide training and technical advising for school foodservice personnel in the theory and practice of the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement created by the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Program and funded by the USDA. The Kaiser Permanente website offers information about the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement and provides a description of Best Practices from California. Visit:

The Smarter Lunchrooms core values:
  • Low Cost/No-Cost Solutions
  • Focus on Lunchroom Environment
  • Promotion of Healthful Eating Behaviors
  • Sustainability
The Smarter Lunchrooms principles:
  • Manage Portion Sizes
  • Increase Convenience
  • Improve Visibility
  • Enhance Taste Expectations
  • Utilize Suggested Selling
  • Set Smart Pricing Strategies

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