Have you heard the news? The Smarter Lunchrooms National Office has just released a new and improved Smarter Lunchrooms Scorecard! Our first Scorecard was released in 2013 and has been used in thousands of schools across the country to encourage the use of evidenced-based principles that nudge healthy choices. For the past 3 years, the National Office has gathered essential feedback from schools, trainers, and partners to incorporate into the redesign and update of the Scorecard.
The new and improved Smarter Lunchrooms Scorecard
incorporates new research
- clarifies and adds new definitions
- is more applicable to all grade levels
- has 8 sections, each item within each section is in approximate order of difficulty
The new and improved scorecard has 60 points; the original had 100 points. This change reflects requests for brevity, clarity, and an easier to manage scorecard that isn’t focused on a grade. Some items have been streamlined and in an effort to make the scorecard more applicable to all grade levels, some items have been condensed or eliminated.
Many schools, districts, and partners are using the scorecard to gather pre- and post- data about the cafeteria environment. We encourage such projects-in-progress to continue to use the original Smarter Lunchrooms Scorecard. The original scorecard is still an effective tool and can be used in tandem with the new one. We recommend transitioning to the new and improved scorecard for your next project.
We have also developed a Smarter Lunchrooms Scorecard Summary page that can be use to provide a quick snapshot of Scorecard results when giving feedback to the lunchroom staff. Be sure to read through the Frequently Asked Questions before using the Smarter Lunchrooms Scorecard.
Various states have been testing the Scorecard in Fall of 2016 with favorable results. One director called it “an essential Scorecard for the mission of our food service program”. We are confident that the revised tool will continue to drive increased use of Smarter Lunchrooms strategies, making the healthy choice the easy choice for all students.