Liberty strikes gold when it comes to nutrition

The Liberty Central School District has joined nearly 30,000 schools nationwide in the effort to implement “Smarter Lunchroom” strategies – and has reached the “gold level” in the Smarter Lunchroom Scorecard assessment.

What is Smarter Lunchrooms?

Offering healthy foods in the school lunchroom is one thing. Getting students to choose (and eat) the healthier options is the challenge – and that’s where “Smarter Lunchrooms” comes in. According to its website, “Smarter Lunchrooms” is a nationwide movement based on proven strategies for “…nudging students to select and eat the healthiest foods in the school lunchroom.”

The premise behind “Smarter Lunchrooms” is that by changing how food is presented, one could potentially change the eating choices that a student makes in the cafeteria.

What is the Smarter Lunchroom Scorecard?

The Smarter Lunchrooms Scorecard contains 60 no-cost or low-cost strategies that lunchrooms can use to increase participation, improve consumption of healthy food, and reduce food waste.  The strategies are based on research from the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs and partners and other behavioral science research.

Thousands of schools across the country use the Smarter Lunchrooms Scorecard to assess and implement evidence-based strategies that make the healthy choice the easy choice.  Public health professionals, including those at SNAP-ED agencies, health departments, education departments, universities, extension, and obesity prevention programs use the Smarter Lunchrooms Scorecard to measure improvements to the school nutrition environment.

How did Liberty score?

The Smarter Lunchroom scoring scale is as follows:

  • Bronze: 15-25 points
  • Silver: 26-45 points
  • Gold: 46-60 points

Each school building at Liberty Central School District earned gold. Liberty Elementary School scored a 47 out of 60 points; Liberty Middle School scored a 49 out of 60 points; and Liberty High School scored a 46 out of 60 points.

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