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Finland
A model for developing your school’s food culture

From Cafeteria to Restaurant

Marker Turku, Finland
Nutrition has a big effect on learning. In addition to well-being and health, school lunches develop students’ understanding about the food culture surrounding them. School lunches also provide a great opportunity for student and parent participation.
Introduction

What is it all about?

“Making lunches better affects students’ satisfaction in school, which will in turn improve both learning results and well-being at school.”

Nicke Wulff, headmaster

Nutrition has a great effect on children’s well-being, energy levels, and learning results. It is important that schools not only pay attention to the nutritiousness of school lunches, but also the resulting food culture. School lunches are supervised social events meant to support students comprehensively in their growth and development and improve their satisfaction in school.

The Cygnaeus school has worked to actively improve their school cafeteria’s impact on student well-being and satisfaction. The results can be seen in the students’ newfound respect towards food and the staff who makes it.

The school has noticed that investing in continuous food education promotes school satisfaction, learning results and creates opportunities for collaboration between schools and parents.

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Intended Outcomes
302
Views
7 - 12
Age Group
2016
Established
Resources Needed
Time for making changes, school facilities and resources for food preparation.
HundrED Criteria
innovativeness
impact
scalability
The school cafeteria can be used to increase student well-being in many ways.
Student participation grows and school lunches become something more than a quick lunch.
This innovation could be applied in any school that offers some kind of school lunches or snacks.
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The wake-up call
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Knowledge and courage
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Open communication
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Participation
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Collaboration
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