Free Online Courses by Healthy Food Choices in Schools Experts!

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Healthy Food Choices in Schools Webinar Series Courses

Each course (webinar series) consists of 3 videos and 3 comprehension questions. A Certificate of Completion will be issued automatically upon satisfactory completion. School Nutrition Association members are also eligible for 1 SNA CEU per course, to be emailed upon satisfactory completion. These courses can also be counted towards the USDA School Meal Professional Standards.

  • Using the Smarter Lunchrooms Scorecard to Assess and Measure Impact

This course takes a deep dive into the Smarter Lunchroom Scorecard including how to use it, how to complete a school site visit with the Scorecard and how the Scorecard strategies can be refreshed over time to increase participation in the school meal program and increase selection and consumption of healthy foods. Part three showcases the implementation of one of the Scorecard strategies: using flavor stations to promote fruits and veggies.

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  • Behavioral Economics Strategies to Nudge Healthy Food Selection in School Meals

This course explores how the principles of behavioral economics can increase selection and consumption of healthy foods in school meals though increasing taste expectations, managing portion size, and setting smart pricing strategies for a la carte items. It also covers how these strategies can be adapted in compliance with the USDA’s Offer vs Serve provision.

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  • Beyond the Lunchroom: How School Meals Can Promote Nutrition and Combat Hunger

This course explores the problem of youth hunger from an academic and behavioral perspective and provides tips and resources for combatting hunger in schools and school communities by increasing the access and appeal of nutritious foods as well as enacting more in-depth hunger reduction programs.

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  • Programs to Encourage Fruit and Vegetable Consumption in Schools & Communities

‚ÄčThis course highlights 3 programs that have had success in promoting healthy food consumption among school children. You will learn how these programs work and how to implement similarly successful initiatives or programs in your own local schools.

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  • Best Practices for Planning, Procuring, and Marketing Healthy School Meals

‚ÄčThis course provides tools and resources to plan for procuring fresh, local foods that are National School Lunch Program compliant. The course also highlights some easy to implement best practices for marketing nutritious target foods to students, to increase school meal program participation.

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  • Innovative Strategies to Nudge and Promote Healthy Eating at School

In this course, learn valuable insights and practical tips for applying the principles of behavioral economics and persuasion to school meal programs to meet USDA requirements and encourage healthy food choices and consumption among children.

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  • Designing, Funding, and Measuring Healthy Initiatives in School Meal Programs

In this course learn strategies for school meal program leaders to identify and implement healthy initiatives, find funding to support those initiatives, and measure and communicate successes to students and other stakeholders in the community.

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