Innovative Strategies to Nudge and Promote Healthy Eating at School

This course provides 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.

This course has three sections and will take about one hour to complete. For each section you will be asked to read a short introduction and watch the corresponding video (approximately 20 minutes). Once you’ve have completed the video, you must correctly answer a comprehension question to move on to the next section.  

Upon adequate completion of the three sections, please fill out the brief questionnaire to receive your certificate of completion. If you are a member of the School Nutrition Association you may earn one Continuing Education Credit by completing the course. In the final questionnaire, please indicate your SNA membership number and the certificate will be emailed to you. You may also use this course towards USDA’s School Meal Professional Standards requirements (Key Area: Operations 2000, Key Topic: Offer vs Serve 2220 OR Key Area: Comm./Marketing 4000, Key Topic: Smarter Lunchroom Techniques 4160).

To Enroll: 

  1. Create a log in:
  2. Once you are logged in and have confirmed your account, go here: to access the course. 
  3. Click “enroll” and you’re in! 


David Just, PhD, Co-Director, Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs, Associate Director of Graduate Studies, Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University

Zena Edwards, MS, RD, Associate Professor in Food Safety & Nutrition at Washington State University, Thurston County Extension

Natalie Tauzin, MPH, RD, Healthy Communities Specialist, Health Promotion, Spokane Regional Health District

Kai Swan, Project Coordinator, Smarter Lunchrooms Design Shaw Middle School, Spokane Regional Health District