Michigan Team Nutrition’s Smarter Lunchroom Story NICK DRZAL, MPH, RDN DIRECTOR, MICHIGAN TEAM NUTRITION DRZALN@MICHIGAN.GOV 1

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MichiganTeam NutritionsSmarter Lunchroom StoryNick Drzal, MPH, RDNDirector, Michigan Team Nutrition drzaln@Michigan.gov

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1AgendaBrief history StrategyImpactLessons learned2

Picture from Dexter Public Schools. Dexter, MichiganShare Michigans story of training child nutrition professionals to implement smarter lunchroom strategies - Strategies used, ideas leading to success, lessons learned, and areas of improvement.

2End in MindI am excited about the things that are happening in the lunchroom... We have put the fruit in 2 places now and are offering fresh fruit everyday to our older students. Just today I gave out stickers for eating carrots to kids that refused to eat them before - just so they could get the sticker.. :)TuscolaISD 10/2013

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Pictures from Dexter Public Schools. Dexter, Michigan

Start by telling you the end of the story. Those that participated in the SL trainings and mini-grant program valued the SL training and technical assistance. For example, a Director from Tuscolas ISD said the following. I am excited about the things that are happening in the lunchroom... We have put the fruit in 2 places now and are offering fresh fruit everyday to our older students. Just today I gave out stickers for eating carrots to kids that refused to eat them before - just so they could get the sticker.. :)

3Brief History2012 Team Nutrition grant. Social Learning Theory To encourage SL adoption:Observe others modeling the SL behavior.Be provided opportunities to imitate others behavior

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Student StickerThe work you will hear described was generated by a 2012 Team Nutrition grant. In thinking about what our effort, it employs the Social Learning Theory, which says that behavior is learned from one another, via observation, imitation, and modeling. (Bandura) To encourage smarter lunchroom strategy adoption (behavior) people must observe others modeling the behavior.

4Objectives5Obj 1. Get the word Out4 regional Trainings (~400)School Meals Training (~50)SNA Michigan Annual Conference (~300)Obj 2. Train 50 Schools to implementObj 3. Use Social Media to Create Peer to Peer Network Share Success Stories Encourage Smarter Lunchroom Adoption$1000Action PlanSubmit success storyTechnical AssistanceObjectives and Strategies:

Obj 1. Get the word out about smarter lunchrooms and train child nutrition professionals. Obj 2. Work with 50 schools to train them to implement smarter lunchrooms. Capture success stories.

Obj 3. Use social networking platforms to create a peer to peer training network where strategies can be shared and discussed.

5Obj 1: Getting the Word OutPartner with Michigan Consortias and Cornell BEN Center to conduct 4 regional trainings targeting child nutrition professionals. Pre-purchased smarter lunchroom cards worth $40 codes sent via email.Participants asked to complete a Smarter Lunchroom Action Plan Partner with SNA Michigan (SNAM) to promote smarter lunchroom strategies at the annual conference.

6More detail on getting the word out.6Obj 1: Getting the Word OutOutcomes:405 trained (4 regional trainings plus 1 school meals training).Trained in day long smarter lunchroom training provided by Cornell BEN Center. 405 $40 smarter lunchroom coupons issued.76 $40 coupons redeemed.~50 trained at a school meal summer conference.~300 trained through SNA Michigan conference.One of 15 states where smarter lunchroom awareness ranged between 20-50%. (Cornell Ben Center Research)

7Regional training evaluation: Overall, participants enjoyed the Smarter Lunchroom Movement material that was presented. Participants felt inspired to try new strategies in their lunchrooms to help students make healthier choices. The speakers, Kate and Erin, were very well liked due to their high energy levels and interactive styles. Participants appreciated the printed materials they received, and also being able to network and spend time with their peers.

Summary and Key Findings from Mini-Grant End of Year Survey:Below are highlights from participant evaluations (N = 44 food service directors). For more information, refer to the full report: End of Year Survey Summary Report of the Michigan Team Nutrition Smarter Lunchroom Mini Grant Final Survey.Smarter Lunchroom Training. The majority of participants said they feel very confident in applying the Smarter Lunchroom strategies, and that they are very likely to consider using the Smarter Lunchroom training in their daily work.Technical Assistance. The majority of participants were satisfied with Smarter Lunchroom technical assistance.Implementation Success. The most commonly noted greatest success with Smarter Lunchroom strategy implementation include: improved accessibility and promotion/awareness of healthier options, increased variety of fruit options, and increased meal participation.Implementation Barriers. The most commonly noted barriers to implementation of Smarter Lunchroom strategies are space/set-up issues, time, and administrative or staff resistance.Impact. The total number of students impacted by the changes: approximately 13,520. The total number of staff members with whom participants shared the Smarter Lunchroom information: more than 563.Best Advice to Colleagues. When participants were asked what they would suggest to others interested in implementing Smarter Lunchroom strategies, common themes include: Its easier than you think to make small changes and those small changes can make a big impact, try new and different ideas, ask for help, and keep trying. One participant noted that, Presentation of the food is everything, and another said, [The strategies] increase nutritious choices at no or little cost. HUSSC Application: Barriers to Completion. The barrier noted most frequently is time, followed by application requirements and ineligibility.HUSSC Application: Benefits to Completion. The benefits most often noted are: learning about the food service operation, success/pride/inherent rewards, and recognition. The majority of participants said they would recommend that other districts complete the HUSSC application. However, some respondents noted that they would recommend it be completed for elementary schools only.

7Obj 1: Getting the Word OutPost Survey Feedback from Regional Trainings:Participants Enjoyed the Smarter Lunchroom Movement materials. (http://smarterlunchrooms.org/training-materials) Felt inspired to try new strategies in their lunchrooms to help students make healthier choices. Enjoyed the speakers from the BEN Center. Appreciated the printed materials; being able to network; and spend time with their peers.

8In addition to the post survey feedback I also wanted to make the point that: Partnerships enabled us to reach our target groupBEN Center expertise was critical in conveying information to attendees.Time was barrier to redeeming smarter lunchroom cards.

8Obj 2. Working with 50 Schools50 schools required to:Attend day long trainingSubmit SL Action Plan.Submit SL Success stories.Submit HUSSC Application.Received $1000 coupon to create unique SL materials.

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Picture from Dexter Public Schools. Dexter, MichiganWork with 50 schools required to implement smarter lunchrooms:Attend a day long smarter lunchroom training (~100 attended representing 50 schools)).Submit Smarter Lunchroom Action Plans.Submit Smarter Lunchroom Success stories.Submit HUSSC Application.Receive $1000 coupon to create their own unique smarter lunchroom materials.

9Sample Action Plan10Goal #1: Increase amount of fruit & veggies students take and consumeStep 1- Conduct waste study. Step 2- model the behavior from people they know and identify with-their teachers and peers. Fruit & veggie naming contest. Fruit/veggie campaign.Ask broadcasting clubs/21st century media classes to take pictures/video of kids eating fruits and veggies during lunch.

http://smarterlunchrooms.org/resourcesNow I would like to show you a variety of plans.We required our 50 mini-grant schools to complete the my plan on the smarterlunchroom website. And we encouraged attendees at our regional trainings to complete the my plan.

Example 1: from a mini-grant school Fraser Public Schools.Smarter lunch rooms plan of attackGoal #1: Increase the amount of fruit & veggies students take and consumeStep 1- Conduct waste study: Step 2-Healthy initiatives: To help increase the amount of fruits and veggies students eat we have to approach it from multiple angles. One method is by modeling the behavior from people they know and identify with-their teachers and peers. Students will able to get hands on experience to help them own this initiative. Fruit & veggie naming contest-HEART teachers will have the kids rename fruits and veggies with fun, kid appealing names. They can use the renaming exercise provided by SLR but updated to be more kid friendly (Mandy to do this part). HEART teachers will submit the winning entries to Mandy so she can blow them up and promote them to the school. The students names will go with their pictures so they get credit. My favorite fruit/veggie campaign-ask the teachers at each to school to take a picture with their favorite fruit or veggie and make posters or put their picture up outside their classroom or cafeteria so all students can see. Ask the broadcasting clubs/21st century media classes in the schools to go during lunch and take pictures/video of kids eating fruits and veggies. Mandy to do this.

10Sample Action Plan11

South Haven Breakfast Kiosk Using SL TechniquesHere is example 2 of the plans with picture from south haven North Shore Elementary, South Haven Public Schools