Content tagged "encourage kids to eat healthy foods"

From Potato Chips to Mini Meals: Optimizing Nutrient Quality of Snacks

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: November 17, 2017

With snacking on the rise across all ages and demographics, it’s time we take our mini meals seriously. The average American consumes about one-quarter of...

Feature Series: Healthy Afterschool Programming Resources

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: November 14, 2017

Afterschool programs provide an opportunity to engage students in healthy projects and activities such as lessons, fundraisers, school gardens, and physical...

Healthful Celebrations in Schools

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: October 16, 2017

There are many fun ways to celebrate special events in schools.  Check out these ideas.What a teacher can do:What a parent/caregiver can do:For more healthy...

Feeding Children and Teens during the Summer: Summer Food Service Program

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: October 16, 2017

Have you ever wondered how children are fed during the summer months when school is out? Some children may have access to food at home, but many children do...

The Impact of Smarter Lunchroom Coaches: Grand Rapids Public Schools

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: September 29, 2017

The lunchroom at Palmer Elementary School in Grand Rapids Michigan has been selling more fruits and vegetables than ever before with the help of Michigan...

Partnerships Create Culture of Health:Timbuktu Academy

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: September 29, 2017

Timbuktu Academy in Detroit, Michigan utilizes partnerships to engage and teach students about healthy living and eating through many fun, relevant, and...

Partner to Power Smarter Lunchrooms: Crystal Area Schools

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: September 29, 2017

With the help of Michigan State University (MSU) Extension Staff, Food Service Director Michael Wensel decided to conduct a Smarter Lunchrooms assessment at...

Smarter Lunchroom Moves that Work: Grand Rapids Public Schools

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: September 29, 2017

In Grand Rapids Public Schools in Grand Rapids, Michigan, assistant food service director Amy Klinkoski says that simple steps such as improving aesthetics,...

School Gardens Engage Students: Traverse Heights Elementary School

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: September 29, 2017

The Traverse Heights Elementary School garden program in Traverse City, Michigan teaches students about the importance of healthy food and healthy eating....

Student Input Fuels Participation: Crystal Area Schools

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: September 29, 2017

At Crystal Area Middle and High schools in Carson City, Michigan food service director Michael Wensel really focuses on getting to know the students better...

Smarter Lunchroom Student Teams: Walters Elementary School

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: September 29, 2017

Allowing students to be involved in the food service program at Walters Elementary School in Marshall, Michigan helped staff and Michigan State University...

Tools for Building a Successful Summer Meals Program

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: September 18, 2017

During the summer months, many schools, community centers, public libraries, and childcare providers offer free meals to children as part of the...

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,...

A Complete Guide to Reimbursable Meals for Smarter Lunchrooms

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 18, 2017

Are you scoring the correct points on the reimbursable meals component of the Smarter Lunchrooms Scorecard? This webinar will break down the reimbursable...

To Whom it May Concern, My Child Has an Allergy

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 15, 2017

As a parent or guardian, it is your job to protect the child in your care.  At some point your child will be going off to school or attending their first...

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...

Huddle Up for Breakfast

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 15, 2017

Students who participate in school breakfast programs have improved attendance, behavior and academic performance as well as decreased tardiness according to...

Practice Smart Snacking in the Classroom

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 15, 2017

Much of the work of the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs (BEN Center) focuses on designing environments where individuals...

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...

The Size and Shape of Calorie Intake: Using Smart Dishware to Encourage Healthy Portions at Home

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 15, 2017

Consuming too many calories is actually a greater contributor to obesity than not getting enough exercise. Numerous studies have suggested that individuals...

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...

How School Lunches Can Benefit Your Child

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 15, 2017

USDA and National School Lunch Program (NSLP) lunches are carefully designed to meet the specific nutritional needs of students9.  By limiting salt, fat, and...

Nutritional Gatekeepers: Begin a Journey to Healthy Eating

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 15, 2017

A “nutritional gatekeeper” is the person who acquires and prepares food for the family. A child’s nutritional gatekeeper, often his or her mother, can have...

Tell Me When! How Bowl Size Impacts the Amount Children Request and Eat

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

                                        The effect of plate and bowl sizes on portion size and calorie consumption by adults and children is well documented...

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