Content tagged "vegetable 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...

Parent Advocates: How You Can Help to Get a Salad Bar in Your Child’s School

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 15, 2017

Did you know that a salad bar can offer all of the components of a USDA approved school lunch including, fruit, vegetable, whole grain, and meat/meat...

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...

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...

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...

Vegetables, Kids, and Healthy Appetites

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

There is an ever increasing number of children not eating their recommended daily serving of vegetables.  One survey reported that almost 60% of children are...

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...

Kids Who See Their Veggies See a Brighter Future

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

When it comes to eating vegetables, sometimes kids don’t budge. Parents dread seeing their children’s disgusted facial expressions in the presence of leafy...

After School Garden Clubs: Planting Seeds for Success

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

Many students participate in after school activities to extend their learning opportunities and spend more time with friends during the day. After school...

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...

First Steps for Successful Procurement in your School Nutrition Program

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 17, 2016

The School Nutrition Program (SNP) is a complex business operation. Schools across the nation strive to provide nutritious, tasty, quality meals to students...

Savor the Flavor: In School Broccoli Tastings with Low Sodium Flavor Stations

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 17, 2016

Savor the Flavor (STF) is a k-6 school cafeteria and classroom promotion designed to encourage healthy food consumption like dark green vegetables.STF...

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....

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...

Obtaining and Processing Local Foods: A Food Service Director Perspective

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 29, 2016

While evidence about the benefits of eating local food continues to build, farm-to-school endeavors present challenges when considering unique needs of...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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