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Smarter Lunchrooms Annual Symposium

2017 Smarter Lunchrooms Symposium


The symposium kicks off at 5 PM on Thursday, May 11, 2017 with an evening reception and will conclude on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 2 PM.  The Symposium will be held on Cornell University’s Ithaca, NY campus at the Statler Hotel.

Join us for both days of the symposium and graduate as a Certified Smarter Lunchroom Training & Technical Assistance Provider!

Symposium Program

The symposium will be held on Cornell University’s Ithaca, NY campus at the Statler Hotel, and will conclude on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 2 PM.

Thursday: May 11th 

The symposium kicks off on Thursday, May 11, 2017 with an optional Smarter Mealtimes Toolkit Brainstorming Session from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM at the Statler Hotel. If you work with child care providers, please join us for this optional 1 hour session to help brainstorm the development of a Smarter Mealtimes Toolkit!

Following this optional session, all guests are invited to an evening reception starting at 5 PM.

Friday: May 12th (8:30 AM - 4 PM)

On Friday the program is geared towards school nutrition professionals. We’ll cover:

  • The theories of food psychology and behavioral economics and how they relate to school lunchrooms
  • The latest Smarter Lunchrooms research findings
  • The newest Smarter Lunchrooms tools and resources
  • The new and improved 60 point Smarter Lunchrooms Scorecard
  • How to build your own Smarter Lunchroom
Saturday: May 13th (8:30 AM - 2 PM)

On Saturday the program is geared towards representatives from state agencies and departments, public health representatives, and others from outside the school system who want to support an improved nutrition environment.

The program will focus on the following topics:

  • Learn your role as a Smarter Lunchroom Trainer and Technical Assistance Provider.
  • Get tips on how to engage schools, track progress, and keep the momentum going.
  • Determine best methods for integrating research and data collection into a Smarter Lunchroom Makeover.
  • Learn from successful statewide Smarter Lunchroom initiatives from across the country.
  • Network, brainstorm, and problem-solve with experienced Smarter Lunchroom states’ representatives.

Keep in mind: you must attend both days in full to become a Certified Smarter Lunchrooms Technical Assistance Provider.


Statler Hotel, Cornell University

130 Statler Drive

Ithaca, New York 14853

A limited number of Statler Hotel guestrooms are being held for attendees of this event.

Group Room Rate: $225.00  Group Code: SMART051817

Guestrooms will be held until April 20, 2017 and all rooms within the room block must be confirmed by the agreed upon method on or before April 20, 2017.

All reservation requests after cut-off will be handled on a space-available basis at prevailing rates.

Please use this group link to book your stay at the Statler Hotel:

Best Western University Inn

1020 Ellis Hollow Road

Ithaca, NY 14850

Located just 5 minutes from Cornell University is the Best Western. They offer a convenient location and competitive rates which includes a full breakfast and a complimentary shuttle to and from campus!

To reserve your room, please call Best Western directly at (607) 272-6100. Refer to the Group Name and Date of Arrival when booking.

Group Name: Smarter Lunchrooms Symposium


Check-in on Thursday, May 11th: $129.00

Check-in on Friday, May 12th: $169.00

Rooms must be confirmed by April 11, 2017.

The Hotel Ithaca

222 South Cayuga Street

Ithaca, NY 14850

The Hotel Ithaca is located in downtown Ithaca and just minutes from Cornell University. It is conveniently located within walking distance from the Ithaca Commons and offers guests easy access to downtown Ithaca restaurants and shops. The Hotel Ithaca offers a complimentary shuttle to and from the Cornell campus, as well as from the Ithaca Airport.

To reserve your room, please call The Hotel Ithaca directly at (607) 272-1000. Request a room under the Smarter Lunchrooms Symposium and provide your Date of Arrival. If you are flying into Ithaca, please make plans for The Hotel Ithaca’s shuttle to pick you up.

Rate: $189

Rooms must be confirmed by March 27, 2017.

There are also a variety of hotels in Ithaca. Information regarding additional hotel options and room blocks will be available soon. Please check this page frequently for updated information!

Travelling to Ithaca

Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport is our local airport and is located just 4 miles from the Cornell University campus. Transportation can be provided to and from your hotel with their shuttle services.

Syracuse Hancock International Airport is located 60 miles outside of Ithaca, located in Syracuse, New York. You will need to arrange transportation to Ithaca. You can arrange this through a local service, such as Ithaca Airline Limousine.

Greater Binghamton Airport is located 40 miles outside of Ithaca

Elmira/Corning Regional Airport is located 40 miles outside of Ithaca

Greater Rochester International Airport is approximately 100 miles west of Ithaca

We look forward to seeing you this May!