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January Monthly Nudge

Smarter Lunchrooms Movement of California (SLM of CA) Collaborative is pleased to provide the January Monthly Nudge, in which you will find:
  1. Smarter Lunchrooms in Action!: Marilyn Avenue Elementary School in Livermore Valley Joint
  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!
Marilyn Avenue Elementary in Livermore Valley Joint Unified used California Department of Education Team Nutrition Grant funds to add Smart TV nutrition education in the cafeteria. Learn more about Marilyn Avenue here and view a Smart TV MyPlate 5 Food Group nutrition video here
SLM of CA Announcements
Want more positive perception and exposure with media about your quality school meals? Share your fun photos of your smarter lunchrooms, delicious foods and enthusiastic staff. Then, SLM of CA will do the work and post on Twitter.

Have a story and fun photos? Share with us so we can include your story for a future Monthly Nudge.

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Mark Your Calendar
Grants to Expand School Breakfast

California Food Policy Advocates will be hosting a webinar with the California Department of Education and Oakland Unified School District on Thursday, February 15 at 10 am. 
The webinar will cover:
  • Key dates and steps for the grant application process
  • Suggestions about writing a successful grant application
  • Challenges and successes of implementing Breakfast After the Bell with grant funds
  • Q&A with the staff who will review and score the grant applications.
Learn more and register here.
Grant Available:
California-Grown Fresh School Meals Grant

The California Department of Education has posted the request for applications for the California Grown Fresh School Meals Grant. The grant applications are due by 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, 2018.

These grants are a great opportunity to expand your Farm to School program with up to $125,000 per school site. Click here for more information.
Beyond the Cafeteria
What Kids Eat
Around the World

Consider sharing article What Kids Eat Around the World with junior high and high school teachers to start a discussion around food availability in the United States and in other countries. Have students evaluate the pictured food choices, identify which child consumes a diet most like their own and offer suggestions on how to improve some of the choices. Some other questions to ask include:
  • Are these balanced diets?
  • Do they represent all five food groups?
  • Are they nutrient-dense?
  • Are they calorically dense?

Young Gardeners Eat More Greens reports first-year college students who had gardened both during childhood and more recently ate 20 percent more servings of fruits and vegetables while they were away at school than classmates who had never gardened. Click here to read full article.

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Smarter Lunchrooms Movement of California's Mission: We empower students to make healthy choices by supporting school communities and transforming cafeteria environments.
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