The Playbook: Healthy Eating

Breakfast - Grab and Go!

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Boost your school breakfast participation by offering quick and easy breakfast choices students can grab on their way in to school or in between morning classes. New in this year’s Play: “bundling” of foods in school-branded or mascot-branded packaging, “What’s inside?” info highlighting taste and nutrition, funding suggestions for purchase of carts and much more.

Breakfast in the Classroom

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Did you know that more students eat school breakfast when it’s before or during class? This Play involves students in planning and implementing a great breakfast program, while working with school nutrition professionals. New this year: more specific planning and implementation tips, methods for managing delivery and payment, and low-cost and no-cost strategies.

Build a Better Breakfast

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Create a salad-bar-style breakfast service in your school! Students work with school nutrition staff and school leaders to create a breakfast experience in the cafeteria or on the go. They also get out the student vote for healthy breakfast bar options. This Play offers great Farm-to-School tie-ins to incorporate local fruits and vegetables as well as dairy options.

Make Your Case for School Breakfast

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Make sure your school offers – and students take part in – a school breakfast program for better health and learning. This Play gets students involved in showing the need for school breakfast, and encourages students’ leadership and communications skills. Students gain support from school leaders, parents, teachers and other school staff – and measure changes before and after implementation.

Promoting Popular Choices

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Make the healthy choice the easy choice! This Play helps increase participation in healthy eating choices at school meals like breakfast and lunch. It’s based on Cornell University Food and Brand Lab and the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement studies that demonstrate how simple techniques can change and improve students’ – and adults’ – behavior when it comes to making food choices.