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February Monthly Nudge

Smarter Lunchrooms Movement of California (SLM of CA) Collaborative is pleased to provide the February Monthly Nudge, in which you will find:
  1. Smarter Lunchrooms in Action!: A Plate Waste Study
  2. SLM of CA Announcements: Upcoming marketing and funding opportunities

  3. Beyond the Cafeteria: Creative nutrition education tools and resources for parents, students, teachers and principals.

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Smarter Lunchrooms in Action!
As schools successfully increase the offerings of fresh foods and healthy meals, the next challenge is to decrease the amount of food that ends up in the trash. A plate waste study was implemented at Estock Elementary School in Tustin Unified School District to tackle the challenge of food waste. Read the entire story here.
SLM of CA Announcements
March 5-9 California Food Waste Prevention Week

March is National Nutrition Month©, and this year’s theme is “Go Further With Food.” Since no food is truly nutritious unless it is eaten, a number of California state agencies are partnering with the Public Health Alliance of Southern California to launch the first Food Waste Prevention Week, March 5–9. 

Schools can help reduce food waste through nutrition education, which addresses appropriate food portion sizes; how to read food labels; how to plan, prepare and shop for food; and much more.  
For more information on food waste prevention, view the following resources: 
March 5-9 National School Breakfast Week
This year’s theme for National School Breakfast Week, “I Heart School Breakfast,” encourages parents, students, and school officials to get social over school breakfast. Speaking a language kids understand, be ready to show-and-tell all the benefits of a healthy school breakfast. Find tools and resources here!
I Love My School Lunch Hero Video Contest

Win $1,000 to split with your favorite lunch hero: $500 will go to the winning teacher or class and $500 to your nominee. Visit
Calling All Directors and Managers! Forty Scholarships Now Available!

Take a free course at School Food Institute: an initiative of the Chef Ann Foundation. 
School Food Institute gives school foodservice professionals the in-depth training, operational skills and strategic vision necessary to make school food fresh, healthy and sustainable.

Engaging online courses give you a front-row seat in Chef Ann Cooper’s classroom, where she outlines a path to healthy, tasty, scratch-cooked school food. 
All courses align with the USDA Professional Standards and can be taken at your own pace over the course of a term. 
Scholarships are available for California school food professionals. The application process is quick and easy to apply – learn more about this scholarship opportunity and apply today. For questions, contact Meghan Brenner.
After-School Programs and Meals:
Opportunities to Support Working Families in California

Read California Food Policy Advocate's latest release on supporting working families with after-school programs and meals. Download PDF.
Beyond the Cafeteria
Resources for Child Care Environments
Smarter Mealtimes is an adaptation of the SLM for child care environments. The SLM principles and concepts that result in increased selection and consumption of healthy food are also simple and effective in child care settings. Find the scorecard and resources here.
Get this free Nutrition education resource for parents! This eight-page booklet provides parents of preschoolers with action steps to support them in raising healthy children through balanced food choices, physical activity, sleep and screen time recommendations. Order at no-cost here.
Want more positive perception and exposure with media about your quality school meals? Share fun photos of your smarter lunchrooms, delicious foods and enthusiastic staff. Then, SLM of CA will do the work and post on Twitter.

By sharing with us, we may include your story for a future Monthly Nudge.

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