Funding from the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) supported the “Classroom in the Cafeteria” project at Winona Area Public Schools in the fall of 2018. A Smarter Lunchrooms Scorecard was completed for each school in the district to assess and implement evidence-based strategies that make the healthy choice the easy choice.
The project entailed providing visual education through attractive signage in the cafeteria to help students understand the importance of eating a variety of foods. The signs are strategically placed for students to read and look at while they are waiting in line for food or eating their meal in the cafeteria. Approximately 2,600 students are exposed to the educational content daily.
Signage includes images and tips to focus on fruits, jump start your day with breakfast, fuel your body from head to toe, catch a rainbow of colorful foods every day, go lean with protein, and find your balance between food and fun.
“The new signs in the cafeteria brighten up our lunch room and show us how to eat healthy,” said a student.
“I really appreciate the positive nutrition message our cafeteria is spreading. The new signs and posters bring us a sense of community and togetherness!” said a teacher.