Promote Healthy Eating in Schools

Promote Healthy Eating in Schools

Through cafeteria observations and Harvest of the Month work, the Whatcom Farm to School Team has begun to dive in to creating positive eating environments and promoting healthy eating in schools. Together with the Bellingham Public Schools Good Food Promise Committee we have developed resources to help school administrators, para educators, teachers, custodians and parents create positive change in school classrooms and cafeterias.

Creating Cafeteria Environments that Promote Healthy Eating

This compilation of resources includes techniques, strategies and best practices for promoting healthy eating in school lunchrooms. It addresses many topics including scheduling and transitions, the physical design of the cafeteria, and behavior management.

Strategies for Creating a Positive Cafeteria Environment

This handout provides guidance and specific strategies about how to set a positive tone in the cafeteria during mealtimes so students feel welcome, build healthy relationships, and nourish their bodies.

The Cafeteria Environment: Noise Reduction and Other Factors that Impact Food Consumption

This report summarizes results of a study about the impacts of cafeteria enhancements, such as reducing cafeteria noise, on students’ food consumption.

Impacts of Recess Before Lunch on Students’ Food Consumption

This report presents findings from a plate waste study measuring students’ eating behavior and the impact of switching the school schedule to have recess before lunch.

Things to Say (and not to say) in School Cafeterias

This handout offers adults in school cafeterias language to use to encourage students to try healthy food options.

School Celebration Guidelines

This handout suggests ways to celebrate special occasions in school, and reward positive behavior, that don’t involve serving unhealthy foods.

Healthy School Fundraisers

This handout lists school fundraiser ideas that don’t involve food, and fundraisers that promote healthy eating.