Ready, Set, Goal!

Before you get ready to take off, make sure you set a goal!apple-circle

A goal should identify a specific behavior target. Good goals are also realistic and attainable – the goal should motivate us, not overwhelm us. Here are five nutrition goals you might consider for your cafeteria project. Pick one or more of these examples, or feel free to create your own target.carrot-circle

  • Number of reimbursable meals sold
  • Fruit selection and consumption
  • Vegetable selection and consumption
  • Salad bar use
  • Milk and dairy intakegreen-pepper-circle

For each goal, you will need to implement multiple strategies to produce change. Rarely, does one activity bring about change in complex eating behaviors.

Maximize Your Resources

Before beginning your cafeteria project, identify what resources are available to you and your staff. Next, begin to select activities that work together toward the desired end result. Instead of doing a little of everything, organize activities around the goal(s). This goal-driven approach to selecting activities gets the biggest bang for your buck.

Track and Measure Change

Once your project goal(s) is created, now it’s time to track and measure change! A well-stated goal should tell us the item to be measured. It will also be easier to describe the amount of change your project has achieved if you document the starting point. Check back later this month for our next blog introducing suggested measures for these behaviors!

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