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Introducing the Smarter Lunchrooms Technical Assistance Providers' Handbook

To assist those working to make healthy changes to school food environments, the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs (BEN Center) has created the Smarter Lunchrooms Technical Assistance Providers' Handbook, a 120-page resource containing battle-tested advice and tricks-of-the-trade from our researchers and professionals in the field.  In a frank, friendly tone, this book addresses and solves challenges particular to those managing large-scale interventions.  Specific topics include: networking, communication, research, scheduling, recruitment, team-building, staff training, media relations, and maintaining momentum.

In this webinar, book designer and creator Erin Sharp, MS, MAT will introduce the book and answer questions.  Mrs. Sharp will also introduce upcoming resources from the B.E.N. Center, all of which are scheduled for launch in time for SY 2015-2016: a yearlong program of 10-minute mini-workshops for lunchroom staffs with "No Time to Train," a feature for one-on-one assistance with SL Makeovers, and new and updated online resources. 

B.E.N. Center manager Kathryn Hoy, MFN, RD, CDN, who edited the book, will also be on hand to answer questions and discuss the upcoming SL webinars, workshops, and our May symposium, which will include sessions for new TAPs.

Learning Objectives:

After this webinar, participants will be able to decide if they would like to use the handbook in the future to enact healthy changes in school lunchrooms.  They will be familiar with the book and other B.E.N. resources.  If interested, they can pre-order copies of the TAP Handbook.

To reserve your free copy of the TAP Handbook, please email

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