Content tagged "choice preservation"

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...

How Peer and Parental Influences Affect Meal Choices

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 15, 2017

It is well understood that WHAT we eat can impact our health. However, WHO we eat with can also have a significant influence on our choices. In children as...

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...

Achoo…Am I Just Sensitive or is it a Food Allergy?

Food Safety Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: December 23, 2016

Peanut free, lactose intolerant, gluten free.  If you have heard these terms before you may not understand exactly what the differences between them are.  If...

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...

Can Concession Stands Profit from a Healthy Makeover?

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 24, 2016

Nachos, hot-dogs, and buttered popcorn: what do these foods have in common? They are all American sporting event concession stand classics! Concession stands...

Dallas Schools Go Lean and Green for a Day!

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 10, 2016

“You are what you eat!" is a notion that implies that to achieve optimal health, we must fuel our bodies with good nutrition.  As a society, we are beginning...

Teachers to Students: Do As I Do When Making Healthy Food Choices

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: February 25, 2016

Nutrition education in school classrooms as part of local school wellness policies goes beyond informing and influencing students’ food choices. Teachers,...

Making Healthy School Food Choices – A Parent’s Influence

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: February 17, 2016

The Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act (HHFKA) has stirred up all sorts of controversy, misconceptions and contradictory information.While the public has every...

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...

Balancing Sweets & Treats in a Healthy Diet: Why Restriction Won't Work

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: September 23, 2014

All things in moderation: A mantra that always seems to come back when we talk about healthy eating.At Pennsylvania State University, preschoolers were...

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...

Big Idea: Non-Monetary Incentives can be used to improve food choices in after-school programs in grades 1-8

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: June 26, 2014

Useful for: After-school program coordinators, school administrators, teachersWhy is it Important?Incentives have been used in other contexts to ‘nudge’...

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,...

How to Help Your Child Make Healthy Food Choices

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: February 26, 2014

Guiding Healthier Choices in Schools: The Case of Choice Architecture vs. Choice Restrictions

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: February 26, 2014

 Recall your childhood, or even think back to recent interactions with your child or children.  When they need to go to bed, how do you phrase it?  Do you...

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