Content tagged "fruit consumption"

Nutrition Program Spotlight: Wholesome Waves’ Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 15, 2017

Wholesome Wave is a non-profit organization with a vision of making local and healthy foods affordable and accessible to all, and is particularly focused on...

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...

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...

Eating On The Move: Healthy Pack-N-Go Snacks and Meals

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

Eating healthy is often associated with the false mindset that it’s harder than the other, often more expensive, options such as eating out or buying...

Is It Really More Expensive to Eat Healthier?

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

Is it really more expensive to eat healthier?  Often, the general public assumes it is more expensive to eat healthier foods because an accurate method to...

How to Lead a Menu Renaming Activity with Students For Smarter Lunchrooms Technical Assistance Providers

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: May 16, 2017

You have completed the Smarter Lunchrooms Scorecard and have identified goals for improving your cafeteria service. The main areas of concern are to build...

Food Marketing and Children: Threat or Opportunity for Schools?

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: December 23, 2016

Did you know that $1.8 billion dollars is spent on marketing foods to school-aged youth?1 Or that the average child sees 12-16 advertisements per day...

Shining Light on Atmospherics: How Ambient Light Influences Food Choices

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 17, 2016

Can different levels of ambient light luminance (i.e., brightness/dimness) influence food choices? More specifically, would bright versus dim ambient...

What is the National School Lunch Program?

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: April 22, 2016

Looking for a way to expose students to healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables and whole grains? Concerned about student academic performance? Consider...

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP)

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 29, 2016

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) is a USDA grant-based program that offers funds to schools to provide students with fresh fruits and vegetables...

Communicating Healthy Eating Messages to Preschool Children

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 29, 2016

Talking to young children about their health can be challenging—is it better to grab their attention by warning against unhealthy practices or to encourage...

From Plant to Plate: Benefits of Farm to School Programs

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 10, 2016

There are many farm-to-school programs, at the national, state, and regional level. The overarching objectives of these programs are uniform; to incorporate...

In-School Farmers Markets – Setting Up for Success

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 10, 2016

Many people visit their local Farmers Markets on the weekend to find locally grown fruits and vegetables. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a Farmers Market come...

Growing Strong and Healthy: How to Create and Maintain a Healthy Food Environment at Home

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 10, 2016

With busy schedules it’s often a challenge to find time to plan meals, feed the family and still get our to-do lists completed.  The simplicity of fast-food...

A School Garden—How to Grow it and Enjoy it!

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 01, 2016

A school garden can provide an exciting environment in which students can work with many people while learning how to grow food. A successful garden may...

School Gardens Promote Healthier Eating and Better Learning

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 01, 2016

Hands-on learning provides students with the know how to apply their lessons to real-life situations. Nutrition education may be a component of your school’s...

How to Support Farm-to-School Initiatives in Your Community

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: February 18, 2016

We’ve all probably heard that nutrition is very important for children’s health and ability to succeed in the classroom.  School lunchrooms nationwide have...

Surprise… Good Nutrition is “In the Can!"

Updated: February 02, 2016

Sometimes canned foods get a bad rap. Often, concerns are valid because canned foods tend to be high in unwanted salt and/or sugar. The good news is that you...

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...

Encourage Kids to Fill Their Plates with a Variety of Fruits and Vegetables

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: October 12, 2015

Today, students spend more hours in school and afterschool settings than they do at home. Thus, in many cases, children are eating more meals at school....

USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: October 06, 2015

The USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) aims to increase fruit and vegetable consumption among students in the nation’s poorest elementary schools...

The Benefits of Participating in the National School Lunch Program

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: October 01, 2015

Sarah Pechar, Cornell Cooperative Extension Schenectady County[1] http://www.fns.usda.gov/farm-school-menu-planning-your-farm-school-program [2]...

How to Talk to Your Kids about a Balanced Diet

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: September 09, 2015

Convincing your family of the importance of eating a healthy balanced diet can be difficult at times. Telling your child that he or she should eat a balanced...

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