University of Maryland Extension

Smarter Lunchrooms

Students are making healthy choices in the cafeteria with Smarter Lunchrooms

Smarter Lunchrooms is an evidence-based approach to encouraging selection of healthy foods in the school cafeteria. By making simple, low- to no-cost changes in how food is arranged, displayed, and marketed on the service line, students are 'nudged' toward healthy choices. FSNE's Smarter Lunchrooms programming facilitates adoption of healthy eating behaviors by linking environmental changes in the school cafeteria to nutrition education in the classroom.

Drawing on research and materials from the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs, FSNE Smarter Lunchrooms sites receive training on Smarter Lunchrooms strategies and materials and technical assistance for implementing interventions.

To learn more about FSNE Smarter Lunchrooms, see the FSNE Smarter Lunchrooms PDF, contact Chrissa Carlson ( or call (410)715-6903.

See our video on the successes of Smarter Lunchrooms from our cafeteria staff.

FSNE Smarter Lunchrooms is part of the Healthy School Communities initiative. 

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