Chartwells and Cornell release "Smarter Lunchrooms" research results

Key findings include serving in multiple locations, naming vegetables and nutrition labels.

ITHACA, N.Y.—The final phase of nutrition regulations in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act will go into place this July, requiring school districts to offer more whole grains, fruits, and vegetables both in school meals and outside the meal program. With more than 31 million students receiving school meals each day, ensuring access to healthy food choices at school can have a powerful impact on students' overall health. Recognizing this, in 2012 Chartwells School Dining Services partnered with the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs (B.E.N. Center) to study the impacts of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act and how principles from the nationwide Smarter Lunchrooms initiative can help students embrace nutritious foods.

"The results from our partnership with Cornell are very exciting for us at Chartwells and for the entire child nutrition industry," explained Rhonna Cass, President of Chartwells School Dining Services.  "We value our partnership with Cornell and look forward to our future work together."