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October Monthly Nudge

Smarter Lunchrooms Movement of California (SLM of CA) Collaborative is pleased to provide the October Monthly Nudge, in which you will find:
  1. Smarter Lunchrooms in Action!
  2. SLM of CA Announcements
  3. Beyond the Cafeteria

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Smarter Lunchrooms in Action!
Los Angeles Unified School District Cafeteria Revamp With
Smarter Lunchrooms Movement of California

SLM concepts played a pivotal role in increasing overall meal participation at Lillian Street Elementary School in Los Angeles Unified School District.
  • A gain in lunch participation of 11 percent at Lillian Street Elementary School has resulted from strategies like:
    • Fresh fruit cutting stations
    • Reimbursable meal education for students
    • Campus awareness of meal benefits with signs and print marketing
    • Reintroduction of flavored milk choice
Click here to learn more about Los Angeles Unified School District's Cafe LA.
SLM of CA Announcements
Register Now! SLM of CA Two-Part Workshop

In this two-part SLM workshop, participants will learn the basic principles and practices of SLM and develop skills in implementing SLM strategies in their lunchrooms. The SLM two-part workshop is coming to Long Beach.

Click here for more information.

Thank you everyone who participated in our workshops in Sacramento, Fresno, Orange County and San Bernardino.
Apples for Education

Schools across the country will compete for a $10,000 grant to bring a healthy snacking program to their campus—and we encourage you to jump in and nominate your school. The School Nutrition Association partnered with U.S. Apple Association and the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture on a new initiative called Apples for Education.

What types of projects will be funded? All kinds. Submit your best idea.
  1. Do you want to harvest a school garden on campus?
  2. Do you have big plans for a snack pantry to keep students fueled and energized through the day?
  3. What about a new cooking and fitness competition to promote healthy lifestyles?
You know the role nutrition plays... and not only at the breakfast, lunch and dinner table. You live it and see it every day. Healthy snacks can drive alertness, focus and energy. Equipping kids with what they need to be successful in the classroom begins with you and a school’s nutrition program.
Go to to learn more and submit your idea through the online form before November 30, 2017.
Beyond the Cafeteria
School Breakfast: Reducing Chronic Absenteeism &
Supporting Student Success

It goes without saying that attendance at school is essential for academic success. No matter how talented the teacher or engaging the lesson, children won't benefit unless they are in the classroom. Yet, chronic absenteeism or missing 10 percent or more of school for any reason, excused or unexcused is negatively impacting the lives of hundreds of thousands of California kids. Learn how school breakfast improves student health and attendance in this report from California Food Policy Advocates.
Attend SLM of CA's Sessions at the Next California School Nutrition Association Conference in Sacramento
Title: SLM: Engaging Students in Your Cafeteria
  • Date and Time: November 10, 2017, 8:00 a.m.- 9:00 a.m.
  • Description: Are you interested in learning more about the SLM? Are you trying to take your SLM implementation to the next level or just figure out where to start? Get ready to be reacquainted with the SLM and learn from the experts. Walk through a successful implementation, including best practices in student engagement, and learn how to tailor practical strategies and utilize new resources and technology to individualize the SLM in your cafeteria.
  • Presenters: Barbara Lee, Director of Campus Catering, Livermore Valley Joint Union School District; April Mackill, Nutrition Services Manager, Plumas Lake Elementary School District; Phoebe Copp, Community Nutrition Adviser Supervisor, Dairy Council of California
Title: The Price Is Right for Smarter Lunchrooms
  • Date and Time: November 11, 2017, 2:45-3:45 p.m.
  • Description: Participate in a fun game format based on the "Price is Right" to learn more about the SLM and how you can join the movement in California. This session will cover the principles of SLM and provide attendees with examples (and costs) of popular resources used by California schools to implement SLM successfully in their schools. SLM is an evidence-based way to influence the physical environment of school cafeterias to gently nudge students to select and consume the healthier food choices offered in school lunch. Be there to win both knowledge and fun!
  • Presenters: Heather Reed, Nutrition Education Consultant, California Department of Education; Crystal Young, Associate Government Program Analyst, California Department of Education; and Candice Sainz, Community Nutrition Adviser, Dairy Council of California
The mission of the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement of California Collaborative is to lead California’s efforts to create healthy school policies and environments through nutrition education and SLM strategies, mobilizing partnerships statewide.

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