University of Maryland Extension

Cafeteria Connections

Students are making healthy choices in the cafeteria with Cafeteria Connections

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. SNAP Ed's Cafeteria Connections 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, SNAP-Ed Cafeteria Connections 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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