NH3: The school promotes the importance of students eating a nutritious lunch & healthy snacks, including participation in the National School Lunch Program and After School Snack Program (If applicable).
Ways to Promote Healthy Choices
- Showcase fruits and vegetables at the end of the serving line;
- Post positive message about fruits, vegetables, milk (i.e. Got Milk, Start the Day with a Healthy Breakfast, Eat Smart Play Hard);
- Wear aprons or clothing that promote students to make healthy food choices;
- Invite classes to visit the cafeteria kitchen and learn how to prepare healthy foods;
- Get creative with description (i.e. Super Red Delicious Apples, Principal ______ Smart Apple);
- Display nutrition information about available foods so students practice food analysis and selection skills learned in the classrooms;
- Feature teacher and/or student testimonials;
- Feature fun, relevant facts to draw attention to foods (i.e. Apples were planted across the country by Johnny Appleseed, who was from Leominster, MA;
- Jazz up the menu (i.e. colorful menu, fancy fonts);
- Use color to attract attention by using fruits and vegetables;
- Promote breakfast, lunch and healthy snacks in school, using parent, and community newsletters and events;
- Invite parents to join their children to have breakfast and/or lunch;
- Lunch contest with healthy prizes (i.e. daily drawing for students who purchase school breakfast or lunch); and
- Poster contest with healthy prizes (i.e. display posters in the cafeteria).
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