• Educational Partnerships and Research

    Chartwells partners with several universities and industry groups to advance research on school dining and to stay on top of emerging school dining trends. 

    Most recently, Chartwells partnered with the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs (B.E.N. Center) to study the impacts of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act and how principles from the nationwide Smarter Lunchrooms initiative can help students embrace nutritious foods.  

    Through our partnership with Duke University Fuqua School of Business, we conduct research studies on topics such as breakfast and fruit and vegetable consumption.  Recent findings show that positive reinforcement, combined with parental involvement at home, increases fruit and vegetable consumption by students in schools.

    Chartwells has also developed a Child Nutrition Advisory Council that brings together a distinguished group of industry leaders in the fields of nutrition, physical activity, pediatric medicine, sustainable agriculture, dietetics, non-profit foundations and academia. This council assists our wellness team in designing unique, innovative programs that promote our school districts as nutrition leaders. The knowledge and expertise of each member of the council helps us strengthen our scientific credibility, objectively evaluate our existing programs, and develop future initiatives.

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