Redesign the menus and signs in the cafeteria to highlight the nutritious food options and promote making healthier eating choices during school.
- Get inspired to make over your cafeteria, starting simply with the signs and menus! Look for ways you could improve your cafeteria’s signs and menus. Think about the colors, the type and size of font, the images used and where signs are placed. Then think about how you can change signs and menus to highlight the nutrient-rich food choices available in the cafeteria, such as the salad bar or the low-fat and fat-free dairy options.
- Remember that your goal is to encourage students at your school to choose nutrient-rich foods. Provide information on your signs about why certain foods make healthier choices. Consult with your school nutrition professionals and health teachers as well as the Tools and Resources below for more advice and ideas.
- With a group of volunteers, and the permission and advice of the principal and school nutrition manager, redesign the cafeteria’s signs and menus. You might even create new signs to place in certain areas.
- Plan to have the signs installed over a weekend or school break, and then enjoy the positive reaction when school resumes!