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Smarter Lunchrooms: Butternut squash at William Paca/Old Post Road

Simple changes in how foods are displayed and promoted can impact the likelihood that kids will eat them. FSNE's Smarter Lunchrooms program helps shape school cafeteria environments to encourage students to select and eat healthy foods. Based on research and practices designed by Cornell University's Behavioral Economics in Childhood Nutrition Programs Center, FSNE provides training, hands-on assistance, and materials to cafeteria staff, helping them make subtle changes in how and where healthy foods are presented on the lunch line. Facilitating taste tests, offering incentives for trying new foods, and training lunchroom staff on positive verbal nudging create a positive school culture around healthy eating.

Read the article posted on the Harford County Schools Website about the butternut squash tasting event at William Paca/Old Post Road.  

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