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The Smarter Lunchrooms Scorecard

The Smarter Lunchrooms Scorecard contains 60 simple, no-cost or low-cost strategies that lunchrooms can use to increase participation, improve consumption of healthy food, and reduce food waste.  The strategies are based on research from the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs and partners.  

Thousands of schools across the country use the Smarter Lunchrooms Scorecard to assess and implement evidence-based strategies that make the healthy choice the easy choice.  Public health professionals, including those at SNAP-ED agencies, health departments, education departments, universities, extension, and obesity prevention programs use the Smarter Lunchrooms Scorecard to measure improvements to the school nutrition environment.  

For a summary of the movement, download this flyer

Three primary parts to the Smarter Lunchrooms Scorecard: 

  1. The Smarter Lunchrooms Scorecard*: The nation’s premier tool to assess the use of evidence based and best practices strategies in lunchrooms 
  2. Smarter Lunchrooms Scorecard Summary: Complete this page alongside the scorecard to provide a quick snapshot of the results.
  3. Frequently Asked Questions about the Smarter Lunchrooms Scorecard: review this before you complete your first scorecard.

* Click here for an annotated literature review of the Scorecard