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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,...

Smarter Lunchroom Principles are Worth Every Penny: How Simple Lunchroom Changes Impact the School Meal Program Bottom Line

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 18, 2017

The Smarter Lunchrooms Movement champions several research based behavioral interventions in school cafeterias. The two most widely used interventions are...

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...

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...

Building Synergies between Farm to School and Smarter Lunchrooms

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: May 16, 2017

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Science (UF/IFAS) Extension's Family Nutrition Program has an innovative training program that...

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...

Marketing Food to Children

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: December 23, 2016

In 2005, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) published an influential report regarding the impact of advertising on children’s food choice and obesity[1].  In...

Smarter Lunchrooms in Action: Easy Cafeteria Changes in a Florida School District

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 17, 2016

The cafeteria manager from Manatee K-8 started giving vegetables exciting names and putting fruit in colorful, decorative bowls. The items presented in this...

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...

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...

Healthy-Left, Unhealthy-Right: Can Displaying Healthy Items to the Left (versus Right) of Unhealthy Items Nudge Healthier Choices?

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 29, 2016

Does lateral (i.e., left-right) display patterns of food items influence choice? More specifically, would displaying healthy items (such as salads) on the...

Farm to School Bottom Line

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 29, 2016

Farm to School is an important and exciting program that supports local economies and promotes student interest in foods that are grown near their school or...

Administrative Steps to Serving Garden Produce in the School Cafeteria

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 01, 2016

School gardens have become wildly popular in the last few years as an experiential education opportunity for students. Many school gardens grow enough...

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...

Serving Up Sliced Apples: Wayne County, NY Schools, Cornell Cooperative Extension and Regional Food Bank Make It Happen

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: July 31, 2014

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wayne County (CCE) began working with school district food service directors (FSDs) several years ago to pursue ways to...

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...

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? ...

How Texture and Mouth-feel Impact Food Preference

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 25, 2014

Food manufacturers offer products with different textural properties to appeal to various consumer preferences. For instance, Ore-Ida offers many variations...

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...

Nutrition Report Cards Encourage Healthy Eating Behaviors and Dialogues

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: January 02, 2014

Are Nutrition Report Cards (NRC) a useful and feasible tool for promoting healthy food choices in school lunchrooms? An NRC features a list of foods offered...

Favorite Familiar Faces: How to Use Branding and Priming to Promote Healthy Foods

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: November 26, 2013

Kids often imitate their role models—many of whom are pop culture icons such as cartoon characters, superheroes, or puppets from TV. Companies capitalize on...

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