Maryland’s 2016 Team Nutrition grant, Project SELECT in Middle Schools, is a three year study that will focus on improving schools’ lunch and breakfast participation, student’s vegetable sub-group selection, and implementation of local wellness policies. Using the available funding awarded to MSDE, UMSOM will be evaluating a cafeteria intervention and a nutrition intervention in select counties in Maryland to monitor for changes that may result from the implementation of these interventions. In this study, we will work with school nutrition professionals and children in middle schools across Maryland.
Project SELECT (Student Engagement, Lunchroom Environment, & Culinary Training) in Middle Schools will develop and implement local training and technical assistance to school nutrition professionals regarding food service operations, culinary skills, and Smarter Lunchrooms strategies.
Maryland has selected Project SELECT in Middle Schools to assist students participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs with meeting the recommendations set forth in the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans by providing appealing and nutritious meals, nutrition education and school environments that are conducive to healthy eating.
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Erin Hager, Ph.D.
University of Maryland, School of Medicine