Make Menus Matter

New Brunswick’s doctors and dietitians partnered up to find out what options are available to students sent to school with lunch money. In late 2013, we asked parents to send a photo of their child’s cafeteria menu. The menu was then compared against provincial nutritional guidelines.
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Why the Make Menus Matter campaign changed the conversation about food in N.B. schools

Posted on 30 APRIL 2015

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The provincial government instituted a policy related to food served and sold in schools almost a decade ago, which contains standards for food providers related to the nutritional content of the foods they serve. New Brunswick’s doctors and the New Brunswick Dietitians in Action wanted to see how well that policy translated to the plates of school children around the province.

Make Menus Matter is a joint project which compares menus from schools to what the Policy prescribes, and takes a rough look at the rates of compliance. Make Menus Matterhas now been conducted twice, including in early 2015. Schools doing excellent work have been promoted in the “Where to Eat in New Brunswick Schools” Guide, and provincial infographics have been created to share with parents and educators to spark a conversation about what children are eating in school and at home.

Listen to this webinar to learn more about the patterns, their analysis discovered and get some key questions answered: Does rurality, language, income level, or culture matter? What three challenges keep many schools from complying? And what’s next for this project?

Take a look at the New Brunswick Schools that came out on top! 

This webinar is led by Andrew MacLean, Policy and Communications with the New Brunswick Medical Society.

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