Healthy and Pleasant Mealtimes
If you are interested in promoting healthy choices and making your mealtime pleasant, check out our helpful resources below. Click on each section title to navigate directly to that resource:
- Designing Healthy Lunchrooms Checklist
- Eat the Rainbow Salad Bar Checklist
- Breakfast Boost Brainpower Checklist
- Comfortable Cafeterias for K-12 Schools
- Pass the Peaches Please! For Early Childcare
- Recess Before Lunch
- Let's Eat! Engaging Students in Smarter Lunchrooms Curriculum Guide
For more information on these resources or assistance in creating healthy and pleasant mealtimes, please contact Molly Stenberg at [email protected]
The Designing Healthy Lunchrooms Checklist is a list of simple, no cost or low cost strategies that may increase participation, reduce food waste, and increase selection and consumption of healthy school food. It can be used as a training or goal setting tool for your lunch program.
Download a copy of the Designing Healthy Lunchrooms Checklist
The Eat the Rainbow Checklist is designed to determine if your salad bar is meeting smart menu planning and customer service best practice standards. It can be used as a training or goal setting tool for your lunch program.
Download a copy of the Eat the Rainbow Salad Bar Checklist
The Breakfast Boost Brainpower Checklist is a list of simple, no cost or low cost strategies that many increase participation, reduce food waste, and increase selection and consumption of healthy breakfasts. It can be used as a training or goal setting tool for your breakfast program.
Download a copy of the Breakfast Boosts Brainpower Checklist
Recess Before Lunch (RBL) allows students to play (go to recess) first, and then have lunch. Play, then eat. It's an effective School Wellness strategy that helps students eat well and perform well in school.
Schools use Recess Before Lunch for these reasons:
Improved student behavior on the playground, in the lunchroom and in afternoon classrooms
Improved lunchroom atmosphere
Students eat better and waste less
Access the Recess Before Lunch resource page
Engaging students in school meals improves customer satisfaction, gives students the opportunity to provide creative ideas and create positive change while building an encouraging relationship with the school food service staff.
Check out the Let's Eat! Engaging Students in Smarter Lunchrooms Guide for best practices and K-12 classroom lesson plans to engage middle and high school students in their lunchroom.