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The Lunchroom Buzz Blog

The Smarter Lunchrooms Buzz Blog

The Smarter Lunchrooms Buzz Blog features monthly posts that take a deeper look into current research, best practices, new resources and how to tackle some of the trickiest issues in the industry. Send us your lunchroom success stories and you could be featured as one of our schools that shine.

Free Resources Library and Webinar Library are Live!

June 8, 2018

Resources from Pioneers houses the great free resources shared by our colleagues and partners from all parts of the country, plus direct links to tools and printed materials from the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement National Office. READ MORE

Recap of the 2018 Smarter Lunchrooms Symposium

May 24, 2018

The 2018 Smarter Lunchrooms Symposium was a hit! Over 100 participants and guest presenters learned about current Smarter Lunchrooms research and became certified as Technical Assistance Providers (TAPs). There was a great fusion of theory and practice, first timers and skillful veterans. READ MORE

Spice Up Your Lunchroom with a Flavor Station!

May 22, 2018

The Flavor Station at the 2018 Smarter Lunchrooms Symposium was a big hit, and with these tips and spice suggestions, you, too, can add a zesty addition to your own school’s lunchroom! READ MORE

New Creating Smarter Lunchrooms Free Online Course = 2 CEUs from SNA!

April 25, 2018

The Smarter Lunchrooms Movement National Office is proud to release a great new online course worth 2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)!  READ MORE

Introducing Spanish-language Materials for Smarter Mealtimes!

March 21st, 2018

The Smarter Lunchrooms Movement is excited to announce a full suite of Smarter Mealtimes resources for early childhood education (ECE) settings – in Spanish! READ MORE

Smarter Mealtimes Bring Healthy Eating Nudges to Early Childhood Care Settings

January 8th, 2018

The Smarter Mealtimes Movement takes the effective, research-based strategies that make the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement so successful in K-12 lunchrooms and adapts them to work in diverse early childhood education (ECE) settings READ MORE

Useful and Engaging Resources on

December 12th, 2017

2017 was an eventful year for Smarter Lunchrooms as we embraced a fresh philosophy centered on the updated 60-strategy Scorecard and emphasizing user-friendly language and ease of implementation. READ MORE

Recess Before Lunch: Research Tested, Parent Approved

October, 31st, 2017

Parents everywhere know that when children run around outside, participate in sports practice or a big game they build up an appetite. Could this knowledge be applied to encourage healthy eating at school meals? READ MORE

Using the National Smarter Lunchrooms Handbook

September 15th, 2017

The Smarter Lunchrooms Handbook was developed by the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement National Office in 2017 to provide schools with the knowledge, motivation, and support needed to build a lunchroom that makes the healthy choice the easy choice for all students. READ MORE

New Smarter Lunchroom 60 Point Scorecard

February 24th, 2017

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. READ MORE

Feature School: South Fork Elementary School, Idaho 

February 24th, 2017

Before a Smarter Lunchroom Makeover, South Fork Elementary School offered only one type of fruit and it was served out of gray dish tubs. READ MORE

Feature District: Culver City Unified School District, California

February 23rd, 2017

Congratulations Julie and your entire team at the Culver City Unified School District for making simple, no cost improvements to the lunchroom in all 7 schools! READ MORE