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Our Community of Practice is dedicated to disseminating useful and applicable information including eating behavior insights, interventions, and practical steps to promote healthy food choices in school food environments.

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Cortland County NY pest management home integrated pest management Posted 6 months ago

Initial equipment for smarter lunchroom strategies

We are applying for a grant for smallwares for the front line of our school cafeteria. I know we need display equipment, but I am needing specific suggestions and resources and items. We have signage covered under a different fund. We have a salad bar and would like some enhancements for that as well

Alger County MI healthy food choices in schools Posted 7 months ago

Healthy Suggestions for Parents packing breakfasts and lunches

Do you have a list of recommendations to give to parents that want to make their children healthy breakfast and lunches? I am looking for a list, similar to the list of healthy school celebration ideas. We would like to help our parents be able to pack a lunch that is just as nutritious as our school meals.

Sonoma County CA healthy food choices in schools Posted 9 months ago

Recess before lunch

Hello! We are in the process of revising our District Wellness Policy and trying to convince some of our schools that recess before lunch is beneficial. Could you send me a link or some information regarding how this can be beneficial vs. the cons that come with this change? Thanks!

Cache County UT healthy food choices in schools Posted 11 months ago

student survey

We are interested in surveying students and possibly parents regarding their school lunch experience or suggestions. Do you know of any surveys that have been done in the past that we could use or adapt for our use? This is for a middle/high school in rural upstate NY.

Saratoga County NY school lunch healthy food choices in schools Posted 12 months ago

Want to Start a Program in my Area

I am interested in helping facilitate an improved school breakfast/lunch program in my community in Upstate South Carolina. Do you have someone with the appropriate knowledge of this process to answer some of my questions and assist in potential planning for this effort? Many thanks, Pam Strickland

Oconee County South Carolina smarter lunchrooms movement healthy food choices in schools Posted over 1 year ago

How to control a noisy/disrespectful K-5 lunchroom

Our lunchroom is out of control and we need advice to control the 1) noise level, 2) reinforce good behaviors, and 3) consequences for breaking the rules that do not involve taking away recess. We have three lunch periods of two grade bands each. Each lunch period is approximately 130 kids total. Lunch is 20 minutes and takes place before the recess. We have on average two adults providing supervision.

King County Washington school lunch school meal program Posted over 1 year ago

what are the best foods for a growing teen?

as a teenager I have many friends inside and out my upper school but they all seem to be taller than me what can I do?

Outside United States parenting families food fitness food preparation Posted over 1 year ago

Serving Line Design

HI !

We are in the process of replacing our serving lines at the Elem. School K-6 , I was thinking of switching the order of serving. First put the cold veggies and fruits , then the entree's and Hot vegetables at the end of the line . Milk just before they get to the cashiers, Snacks would have to be asked for from the cashiers. Does this make sense to you guys, and is there anything else I could do, before the equipment is picked out and ordered?

Thank You in advance

Vince Beltrone FSM

Wayne County New York smarter lunchrooms movement healthy food choices in schools Posted almost 2 years ago

Food Sharing and Unused Packaged Food in Lunchrooms

Hi I work for an ISD here in Texas and need insight on implementing a policy on no food sharing and programs on giving unused and packaged food to community or other local food banks

San Patricio County Texas healthy food choices in schools Posted about 2 years ago