Online Program

Smarter Lunchrooms Movement: A review of the movement, research, techniques and resources to support HUSSC applications

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 4:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Kathryn Hoy, MFN, RD, CDN, College of Agriculture and Life Science - Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
In the Fall of 2009, the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs launched the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement. Since that time the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement has been included in national health and wellness initiatives such as the Healthier US School Challenge and can be identified in over 20,000 schools across the country. Behavioral economics – the practice of altering the physical environment in order to affect purchasing and consumption behavior – lies at the heart of the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement.  This module gives participants a solid foundation in the theory behind Smarter Lunchroom interventions, explaining why traditional methods of influencing eating behavior (such as choice restriction and financial subsidies) have failed and why the Smarter Lunchroom Approach Six Principles have proven to be so much more successful. Participants will be provided updates on Smarter Lunchrooms research and resources, hear success stories, see photos of applications and be introduced to the evaluation method for the Smarter Lunchrooms Self-Assessment Scorecard.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related public policy
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Describe at least two Smarter Lunchrooms Movement methods which increase selection and consumption of healthful food items. Identify at least two techniques for including Smarter Lunchrooms in attendee's area of practice. Identify at least at least two ways the Smarter Lunchrooms Self-Assessment Scorecard can be used to prescribe change in school food program environments. Locate at least two resources to assist in Smarter Lunchrooms implementation in attendee's area of practice. Describe at least one way Smarter Lunchrooms can be used to build recognition of their school food program.

Keyword(s): Behavioral Research, School-Based Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement for the past four years. I have completed over 100 Smarter Lunchrooms trainings across the country and personally visited 1000+ schools in the past year to evaluate program effectiveness.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.