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    • PI: Dr. Carmen Byker
  • Montana State University
  • Project Title:
    Improving Fruit and Vegetable Selection in High School Lunches through Student Involvement in Smarter Lunchroom Design (ongoing project)
  • Project Progress:
    The objective of this project is to investigate to what degree does stakeholder involvement in Smarter Lunchroom design targeted towards fruits and vegetables change school lunch participation rates and fruit and vegetable waste. In 2015-2016, School Lunch Advisory Council (SLAC) teams were formed at 5 pilot high schools across Montana. SLACs chose, implemented, and measured behavioral economic strategies to decrease waste and increase consumption of fruits and vegetables. Based upon the process and these findings, A Simple Guide for SLACs to Make Your Lunchroom Smarter! is being piloted and tested with 5 additional schools and will be finalized and published in summer 2017.
  • Presentations:
  • Ashe C, Bark K, Byker Shanks C, McCauley K. Smarter lunchrooms movement. Presentation for 2015 Annual Extension Conference. October 2015. Bozeman, MT.
  • Bark K, Byker Shanks C, Stenberg M. Innovative strategies for creating smarter lunchrooms in Montana high schools. Poster for Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior. July 2015. Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Byker Shanks C, Orlowski M, Stenberg M. Make your lunchroom smarter! Oral Presentation for School Nutrition Association. July 2015. Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Byker Shanks C, Bark K, Stenberg M. Innovative strategies for creating smarter lunchrooms in Montana high schools. Poster for Childhood Obesity Conference. July 2015, San Diego, CA.
  • Upcoming Presentations:
  • May 31, 2017, California Childhood Obesity Biennial Conference, “Smarter Lunchrooms: A Policy, Systems and Environmental Approach to School Meals” (Co-Presentation with Other Smarter Lunchroom Teams)
  • June, 2017 Montana School Nutrition Association, “Engaging Students in Marketing Your Program”.
  • July 2017, USDA TNT Grant 2015 Montana Report at the USDA Meeting.
  • July 22, 2017, Society of Nutrition Education and Behavior, “Students Shape School Lunches of Tomorrow. Co-presenter
  • September, 2017 Montana Student Council Association Conference (SLAC session pending approval)


  • Fruit pre-sliced and displayed attractively on salad bar, Troy Public Schools, Troy, Montana



    Salad bar signage, Livingston School District, Livingston, Montana