NFSMI Insights

NFSMI Insight is an informational newsletter based on research and educational projects sponsored by the National Food Service Management Institute.  This user-friendly publication summarizes the research or project and emphasizes the "so what" by giving practical suggestions that can be used by local CNP directors to enhance their operations. 


Insight No. 50 -- Emergency Preparedness Resource Guide for School Nutrition Professionals
School nutrition programs often provide food and support during times of natural or man-made disasters, creating an increase in the need for the establishment of prevention and preparedness processes. Published 2014.
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Insight No. 49 -- Five Exemplary School Districts Demonstrate the Effectiveness of In-Classroom Breakfast
A national trend to improve school breakfast participation is serving breakfast in the classroom. These school districts demonstrate the benefits of in-classroom breakfast. Published 2013.
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Insight No. 48 -- A New Resource from NFSMI Created for Sustaining and Strengthening Local Wellness Objectives and Activities
The purpose of this project was to develop a resource to help school districts evaluate their own wellness initiatives. Published 2013.
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Insight No. 47 -- Perceptions of School Nutrition Professionals Regarding Their Roles in School Wellness
Study to identify school nutrition directors' and manager's perceptions of their roles in and responsibilities for contributing to the school wellness environment.
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Insight No. 46 -- Exploring Trends and Barriers to Implementation of Branding Concepts in the School Nutrition Setting
Branding strategies used in exemplary school nutrition programs and barriers to implementing these strategies. Published 2012.
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Insight No. 45 -- The Impact of Healthy Menu Choices on School Nutrition Programs
This Insight is the result of a research project investigating the practices, perceptions, barriers and training/resource needs of school nutrition professionals providing healthy menu choices in school nutrition programs. Published 2012.
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Insight No. 44 -- Research-Based Competencies Identified as Important to Being a Successful School Nutrition Director
Report on research to identify the current competencies, knowledge, and skills needed by district-level school nutrition professionals and determine the importance of these competencies. 2011.
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Insight No. 43 -- School Nutrition Directors and Managers Identify Resources and Training Methods to Aid in Implementation of HACCP-Based Food Safety Programs in School Nutrition Programs
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Insight No. 42 -- Child Care Providers Partner with NFSMI, ARD to Develop a Best Practice Wellness Resource for Child Care Centers
Research into best practices and factors that contribute to creating and maintaining a wellness environment in child care results in new online resources. 2011.
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Insight No. 41 -- School Professionals Identify Best Practices for Serving Students with Special Food and/or Nutrition Needs
Results of two studies to identify the needs of professionals who serve the growing number of students with special food and/or nutrition needs in school nutrition programs are discussed, along with a Web-based best practice resource tool. 2010.
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Insight No. 40 -- Best Practice Guide for Improving High School Participation and Satisfaction in the National School Lunch Program
Learn about the series of multi-faceted studies addressing high school student satisfaction and declining participation at the high school level. 2010.
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Insight No. 39 -- High School Students and School Nutrition Directors Help Develop Surveys for Increasing Participation and Satisfaction with the National School Lunch Program
As a result of research conducted by NFSMI Applied Research Division, two high school foodservice surveys were developed to increase high school students' participation and satisfaction with the NSLP. 2010.
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Insight No. 38 -- School Professionals Identify Best Practices for Recess Before Lunch
Two studies conducted by NFSMI Applied Research Division provided insight into recess before lunch as a multi-faceted approach. 2009
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Insight No. 37 -- Keys to Successful Local Wellness Policy Development and Implementation in Four School Districts
This study identified processes and resources used by four school districts in developing a local wellness policy and assessed the various wellness goals of each school district's local wellness policy. 2009
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Insight No. 36 -- Local Wellness Policy Implementation Provides Unique Partnership Opportunities for School Nutrition Directors, Principals, Teachers, and Parents
Researchers at NFSMI Applied Research Division recognized the importance of a team approach to instill healthy life-long habits into students. Learn how school personnel can work as a team to implement a school wellness policy. 2009
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Insight No. 35 -- On-the-Job Training for School Nutrition Assistants/Technicians is Essential
Research study to bring about agreement on functional areas for job duties performed by SN assistants/technicians. 2007.
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Insight No. 34 -- Vended Reimbursable Lunches- A New Option for Serving High School Students
Research study to determine barriers to vending a reimbursable lunch to high school students. Summer 2007.
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Insight No. 33 -- School Principals are Key to Implementing a Local Wellness Policy
Research study to determine the principals' intention to implement the local wellness policy. Spring 2007.
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Insight No. 32 -- A Team Approach Among School Professionals is Essential to Serving the Needs of the PreK Child in the Public School Setting
Research study to explore the practices, perceptions, and perceived barriers facing school nutrition directors, school nutrition managers, and other school professionals. Spring 2006.
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Insight No. 31 -- Summer Food Service Program Sponsors Identify Barriers to Participation and Support Community Partnerships
Research study to evaluate the SFSP sponsor's perception of the benefits and barriers related to operating the program and to access practices used by sponsors to increase participation. Spring 2006.
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Insight No. 30 -- Focus Groups Identify Barriers to Recess Placement Prior to Lunch in Elementary Schools
Research study to determine barriers to scheduling recess prior to lunch in schools participating in the National School Lunch Program. Summer 2006.
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Insight No. 29 -- School Nutrition Directors Discuss the Issues Influencing School Breakfast Participation
Research related to student participation in the School Breakfast Program and individual improvements in academic performance. Spring 2006.
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Insight No. 28 -- Family Day Care Home Providers Participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program Identify Training Needs and Support Training Mentors
Study to access the needs and issues associated with the training of FDCH providers participating in the USDA CACFP. Spring 2006.
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Insight No. 27 -- Child Nutrition Archives: Preserving Child Nutrition Programs' Past
An overview of the child nutrition archives at NFSMI. Fall 2005.
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Insight No. 26 -- HACCP Initiatives at NFSMI: Building a Nationwide Network Dedicated to School Food Safety
Research related to NFSMI's unique and personable way of facilitating HACCP education to schools-by creating a national network of HACCP trainers. Summer 2006.
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Insight No. 25 -- Revised Competencies, Knowledge, and Skill Statements for School Nutrition Managers
Research project to revise the competencies, knowledge, and skill statements of school nutrition managers and determine knowledge and skill statements essential for entry level. Spring 2004.
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Insight No. 24 -- Relationships of Meal and Recess Schedules to Plate Waste in Elementary Schools
Study to determine the impact of lunch placement in the school day relative to recess and length of lunchtime on nutrient consumption of third through fifth grade students. Spring 2004.
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Insight No. 23 -- NFSMI Technical Assistance Service
Research findings from a telephone survey of site contacts and review of reports and action plans submitted to NFSMI by the consultants after TAS visits. Winter 2004.
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Insight No. 22 -- Healthy School Nutrition Environment: A Nationwide Survey of School Personnel
Research results of a survey to learn more about a health school nutrition environment from perspective of school personnel.
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Insight No. 21 -- Steps to Nutrition Success Checklist ...a Program Self-Assessment Tool for Family Day Care Home and Child Care Center Providers Participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program
Research study to develop a program self-assessment checklist based on established standards that focus on the needs of family day care providers participating in the CACFP. Summer 2003.
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Insight No. 20 -- Meeting the Needs of Aspiring Child Nutrition Professionals
Research related to the evaluation of NFSMI's "Orientation to Child Nutrition Management Seminar." Spring 2002.
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Insight No. 19 -- Quality Financial Decision Making
Research project to provide consistent, organized information for financial decision making and benchmarking. Spring 2002.
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Insight No. 18 -- Job Duties, Competencies, Knowledge, and Skills of Sponsor Monitors of Family Day Care Homes Participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program
A three-phase research study to identify job duties, competencies, knowledge, and skills of sponsor monitors in the CACFP environment. Winter 2002.
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Insight No. 17 -- Barriers to a Good Nutrition Environment in the Middle Grades - Views From School Administrators, Teachers, and Foodservice Administrators
A focus-group study to identify the nature of the nutrition environment in the middle grades. Spring 2001.
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Insight No. 16 -- Hands-On-Team Technical Assistance - Evaluation of the Project
Research results on the benefits of the on-site technical assistance provided by consultants. Winter 2001.
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Insight No. 15 -- Training Needs of Child Care Center Staff Involved in the Child and Adult Care Food Program - Results of Focus Group Meetings
Research on the training needs for child care centers participating in the CACFP. Summer 2000.
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Insight No. 14 -- Best Practices in School Foodservice - Practical Ideas to Improve Customer Service
Study to identify schools with high customer satisfaction measured by foodservice surveys and share their great ideas with all schools. Spring 2000.
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Insight No. 13 -- Culinary Techniques for Healthy School Meals: Train the Trainer Participant Survey - Evaluation of This Train-the-Trainer Workshop
Research to examine the effectiveness of the Master Trainer Workshops for "The Culinary Techniques for Healthy School Meals" program.
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Insight No. 12 -- Measuring and Evaluating the Adequacy of the School Lunch Period - Results of Time to Eat Study
Time study to determine the length of time required by a customer to receive service. April 1999.
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Insight No. 11 -- Increasing Participation by High School Students in the School Lunch Program - Factors to Consider in Increasing High School Participation Rates
Study to identify factors associated with participation by high school students in the NSLP. October 1998.
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Insight No. 10 -- Revenue Generation and Cost Control Measures Currently Used in Financially Successful CNPs - Case Study Reveals Keys to Financial Success of School Food Service Programs
Research to determine revenue generation and cost control measures used in school districts that operate financially successful CNPs. February 1998.
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Insight No. 9 -- How Can We Be Sure The Students Are Eating a Nutritious School Lunch? Serve Healthful Entrees! - Effectiveness of Point-of-Choice Nutrition Education
Studies measuring the impact of point-of-choice nutrition education activities. November 1997.
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Insight No. 8 -- High School Foodservice Survey: A Continuous Improvement Tool - Using NFSMI's Student Customer Satisfaction Survey
Research on using student foodservice surveys. September 1997.
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Insight No. 7 -- Healthy Cuisine for Kids - Changing Food Production to Meet the DGAs
Research on the importance of implementing the DGA in school meals to provide healthy meals for improving the health and well- being of the nation's children. February 1997.
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Insight No. 6 -- Equipping School Kitchens to Prepare Healthful Meals - Guidelines for Selecting and Adapting Equipment for Food Production Areas
Research on the importance of foodservice equipment in food quality and presentation techniques. November 1996.
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Insight No. 5 -- Using Computer Simulation to Solve School Foodservice Problems -- Learning About Workflow by Using Computer Simulation Models
Research on the use of computer simulation in foodservice management. July 1996.
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Insight No. 4 -- Purchasing Decisions for Cost Effective Implementation of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans -- Designing an Effective Food Purchasing System
Research results on the best purchasing system for Child Nutrition Programs. December 1995.
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Insight No. 3 -- Networks of Trained CNP Professionals -- Using the NETPRO Model
Research on using a network of trained professionals. October 1995.
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Insight No. 2 -- Job Functions and Tasks of School Nutrition Managers and District Directors/Supervisors
Research on determining the functions and tasks of qualified employees. March 1995.
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Insight No. 1 -- Managing Nutrition Services for Children with Special Needs
Research results on to how to manage nutrition for special needs children. July 1994.
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