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Pediatric Clinical Care Provider and School Nutrition Professionals Team Up for Smarter Lunchroom Movement in Georgia

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: February 19, 2018

In 2014, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, a pediatric clinical care provider in Georgia developed Strong4Life Nutrition Program in partnership with a...

Increase Fruit and Vegetable Consumption by Holding Recess before Lunch

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: December 28, 2017

Many schools have recess-time right after lunch so that when students are finished eating they can engage in physical activities before afternoon classes....

Decisions, Decisions: Behavioral Economics in the Lunchroom

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 18, 2017

Cornell University’s Smarter Lunchrooms Movement works to apply principles from behavioral economics to school lunchroom environments. Because individuals,...

Tray Waste Part II: 5 Simple Steps to Efficiently Measure Tray Waste

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 18, 2017

Measuring tray waste can give insights into what foods kids are eating and what foods are being thrown away. In order for the healthy foods to give students...

Tray Waste Part I: Determine the Impact of Lunchroom Changes by Measuring Tray Waste

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 18, 2017

Making healthy changes to the school lunchroom is a no-brainer, but how do you know if those changes are really making an impact?Schools participating in...

Increase Meal Participation with Behavioral Economics Principles

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 18, 2017

Make Reimbursable Meals Convenient – During the lunch period, place Grab N’Go meals in high traffic areas or near popular hangouts. In other words, bring the...

Serving Up the Smile Factor: 5 Ways to Leverage Likeability and Increase Lunchroom Sales

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 15, 2017

Research shows that people prefer to say “yes” to individuals they know and like1,2. Likability is the best predictor of success for ad campaigns3 and has...

The Conundrum of Competitive Foods: 3 Ways to Maintain Revenue and Promote Healthier Options

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 15, 2017

Food service directors have a tall order to fulfill: they must ensure the hundreds, or even thousands, of students they feed receive meals meeting specific...

Slice It Up: Serving Pre-Cut Fruit can Increase Fruit Consumption

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 15, 2017

MyPlate and USDA’s new nutrition standards for school meals have placed greater emphasis on getting students to eat more fruit. Yet, very few students select...

Perform Your Own “Smarter Lunchroom Makeover”: The Simple, Low-Cost Changes That Can Improve Students’ Lunch Selections

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 15, 2017

Getting students to actually select and eat the healthy options offered during lunch may seem like a daunting task, but the mere layout of a lunchroom can...

Prompts, Pushes, and Pulls: Using the Power of Persuasion to Influence Student Food Choices

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

Individuals make thousands of decisions each day and are faced with hundreds of food choices.  If we had to stop and analyze every decision completely we...

Habits that Help: How to Utilize Our Food-Choice Biases to Improve Nutrition

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

Eating behaviors tend to be programmed during childhood as kids determine what foods they do or do not like, so increasing a child’s preference for healthy...

Tray Waste Part III: Effectively Present Your Data

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

The data that you collected can tell you the percentage of food being wasted before and after you implemented a change in your cafeteria. It will also tell...

The “Trigger” Effect: Certain Foods May Trigger Kids to Buy or Avoid Junk Food

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 31, 2016

Students typically walk past a wide assortment of food options as they proceed through the lunch line to buy meals at school—and the foods they pass on the...

It is Alive! Using Innovative Marketing to Increase Vegetable Uptake in School Cafeterias

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 29, 2016

There is substantial evidence that children are not eating the recommended amounts of healthy fruits and vegetables. In an effort to motivate children to eat...

Hot or Cold: How State of Mind Influences Food Selection

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: February 19, 2016

Why is grocery shopping on an empty stomach such a bad idea? More likely than not some items appear in your cart that were not on the grocery list. Not to...

Peas before Pizza: Why Food Order Matters in the Lunch Line

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: October 14, 2015

Have you ever been to a buffet and filled your plate on the first few offerings, only to find that your favorite dish is last in line?  You’re not the only...

New Developments for School Food Suppliers to Encourage Healthy Eating: Behavioral Economics

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: February 02, 2015

We can influence many children by intervening in the school lunchroom. As part of the response to this, the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) as directed...

Order Effects and Sensory Aspects of Sampling Foods

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: February 02, 2015

Food manufacturers and retailers are increasingly offering free samples to consumers, especially now that research has shown that free samples can often be a...

Don’t Lick the Plate! Why Encouraging Kids to Clean the Plate can Backfire

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: July 31, 2014

Finish everything on your plate, is a common house hold rule. What many parents don’t realize is that this rule might cause negative eating behaviors in the...

Generating Buy-In From School Administration Officials

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: July 31, 2014

While most members of the school community are generally in favor of changes that can improve the school environment for students, one of the challenges that...

Food Order Leads Kids to Make Healthy Choices in the Lunch Line

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: May 28, 2014

Each school day, over 31 million K-12 students eat a USDA reimbursable meal. Food service at most schools consists of a lunch line where students move though...

Lunch Money Lessons: Paying Cash Leads to Healthier Choices in School Lunchrooms

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: May 27, 2014

Gone are the days of lost or forgotten lunch money! Over 60% of schools currently use electronic debit systems where students can simply enter their account...

The Consequences of Banning Chocolate Milk from School Cafeterias

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: April 28, 2014

For many children eating school lunch, chocolate milk is a standard choice.  Since children generally don’t choose foods for health, but rather for taste,...

Inside Eyes: Getting Cafeteria Feedback from Peers

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: April 03, 2014

A useful strategy for improving our school meal programs is to elicit feedback from other school food experts.  Who are these other school food experts? ...

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