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March Monthly Nudge

Welcome to the March Monthly Nudge, brought to you by the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement (SLM) of California Collaborative. This newsletter is your place for monthly updates on how SLM is moving throughout California.
In this Monthly Nudge you will find:
  1. Smarter Lunchrooms in Action!
  2. SLM of CA Announcements
  3. Beyond the Cafeteria
Smarter Lunchrooms in Action!

California Thursdays: Collective Action Day
Leslie Pring, Technical Advising Professional, set up a table at Lodi Unified School District where students and participants could write down their thoughts on what it means to eat healthfully and locally. The man in the suit is Jim Houston, Undersecretary of California Department of Food and Agriculture.


Brendan Shields, Director of Nutrition Services at Centralia School District, invites a chef to teach the community how to make a strawberry vinaigrette in just seconds at California Thursdays: Collective Action Day.

To see more pictures and fresh foods that are served at Centralia School District,
click here.
SLM of CA Announcements

Focus on Food: Nutrition and Health for School Nutrition Programs

Focus on Food is a learner-centered nutrition curriculum that was developed by the UC Davis California Professional Nutrition Education and Training (Cal-Pro-NET) Center in partnership with the California Department of Education. The curriculum is designed for school nutrition program personnel, such as cooks, servers, and front-line staff.

Click here to use this free curriculum, which is a downloadable resource.

Win a Digital Menu Board!

You too can win a DIGITAL MENU BOARD for your school

Click for Entry Details
Nominate your hero by April 21, 2017; $500 goes to the winning class and $500 to the winning nominee.
Click for Contest Details
Beyond the Cafeteria

Diana Dababneh (picture on the left), at Land Elementary, from Westminster Unified School District, and Kat Clark (picture on the right) from Downey Unified School District.
The Ultimate Challenges Contest encourages students and educators to work as a team in their schools to create the ULTIMATE Fuel Up to Play 60 song, dance and smoothie recipe! The deadline to submit an entry is March 31, 2017. Join or Log in to submit an entry on your Dashboard!  Watch this video and get inspired!
ULTIMATE Fuel Up to Play 60 Song
Districts are in the process of developing their Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). Learn how health and wellness can be supported and funded in your district's LCAP:
School Nutrition for Academic Success: A LCAP Guide (PDF). This guide service as a starting point for school districts interested in incorporating nutrition efforts into their LCAP.
Research Summary: School Nutrition and Academic Achievement (PDF). View the summary of the research linking school nutrition to academic success.
Presentation and talking points (PPT). Use these tools when advocating for nutrition in the LCAP.
For more information on the LCAP, please contact Anna Colby, MS, MPP, Nutrition Policy Advocate,
2017 Built With Chocolate Milk Coaches Challenge
Coaches know that low-fat chocolate milk has the right protein to carbohydrate ratio that helps their athletes refuel and rebuild after strenuous exercise. With more than 20 scientific studies now supporting the benefits of low-fat chocolate milk after a tough workout, many teams and athletes have adopted chocolate milk as their post-practice beverage of choice.
By sharing their own stories of success with chocolate milk, coaches of high school-age teams have a chance to win one of five $1,000 grants for their athletic programs in the BUILT WITH CHOCOLATE MILK Coaches Challenge.
  • Entrants must share a photo or video on Twitter or Instagram showing how they are building their team’s success with chocolate milk, through May 12, 2017.
  • Contest finalists will move on to a fan voting period, when they will need the help of their communities to vote for the winning entry
$1,000 Grant for Each Winner!
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