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Food Trucks: Increasing Participation in School Lunch Programs

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: February 07, 2018

Food trucks, as a delivery method for school meals, have seen a rise in popularity in recent years.  While the concept in some districts initially began in...

Preordering in School Meal Programs: A Method for Nudging Healthy Food Choices

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: February 07, 2018

When students enter the lunch line, they can be overwhelmed with choices and aromas and make impulsive selections in the “heat of the moment.” This is...

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...

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...

Smarter Lunchrooms Success in Broward County

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

Schools that are learning about Smarter Lunchrooms for the first time often find that they are already implementing many of the recommended techniques in...

Encourage Healthy Eating Behaviors and Promote School Lunches

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: December 23, 2016

 Students who eat full, balanced meals everyday are more likely to perform better academically and behaviorally.5  Often, the breakfasts and lunches provided...

Smart Snacks: How One High School Continues to Contribute to the Bottom Line

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: December 23, 2016

The Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act (HHFKA) and the introduction of the Smart Snacks guidelines left many school districts wondering how they were going to...

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...

Plant to Plate: Do School Gardens Increase Salad Selection?

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 31, 2016

According to the 2013 USDA Farm to School Census, there are 2,401 school gardens across the US that grow edible produce and incorporate it in school meals....

A Salad Bar for Everyone: Finding Funds for a Salad Bar

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 23, 2016

“It looks really beautiful! I would put our salad bar up against any salad bar in town because it looks that good!”-- Kathy Burrill the food service director...

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...

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 Make Your Salad Bar Healthy and Popular

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 30, 2015

Include all Meal Components—making a salad meet the NSLP requirements for a full meal is quite easy with a salad bar! Make sure that the utensils measure the...

Chefs Move to Schools! Can it Really Change What Students Consume?

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: January 12, 2015

Chefs Move to Schools (CMTS), an initiative that is part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Campaign, is designed to increase awareness about and...

The $75,000 Smile: Encouraging Customer Service in the School Lunchroom

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: November 26, 2014

In retail, customer service is paramount.  Research has shown that in customer service, a smile is contagious, leads to a better experience for the customer,...

How Parents Can Help Promote Participation in the School Lunch Program

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: July 31, 2014

Every parent desires for their children to succeed in school and have good health.  Part of establishing and maintaining good health is making healthy food...

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...

Increase the Number of Students that Select Reimbursable Meals

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: July 31, 2014

During a busy lunch period, time is students’ most valuable commodity and they will often grab a snack or skip lunch altogether rather than wait in a long...

Building in Choices for Kids in Lyons, NY

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: July 31, 2014

Over the years, food service personnel in Lyons Central School District (LCSD), located in Wayne County, NY, have worked very hard to make sure the...

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...

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