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Implementing Smarter Lunchroom Makeovers in New York State Middle Schools: Results of Process Evaluation

Due in part to the broach reach of school meals programs and the potential negative impact of competitive foods with minimal nutritional value, school food environments have become a target of childhood obesity prevention initiatives. The Smarter Lunchrooms Movement includes easy, no- or low-cost strategies that can encourage students to select and consume healthful foods at school without eliminating their choices.

A randomized controlled trial (RCT) was initiated in 13 New York State middle schools to test the effectiveness of select Smarter Lunchrooms practices designed to increase students’ selection and consumption of fruit, vegetables, and unsweetened milk. This project included process evaluation in order to monitor project implementation, determine barriers and facilitators to implementation, and identify staff support needs.

Please join Alisha Gaines, PhD, Cornell University Division of Nutritional Sciences, for an overview of the design and results of the Smarter Lunchrooms RCT process evaluation. Outcome results of the study will not be presented, but a discussion of how process evaluation results can be applied to future research and practice will be included.

Learning objectives

After this webinar attendees will be able to:

  • Describe the purpose and importance of process evaluation.
  • Summarize facilitators and barriers observed in the Smarter Lunchrooms RCT.
  • Identify practices and resources that can facilitate Smarter Lunchrooms changes in your cafeteria.
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