Simple Tricks to Reduce Waste and Increase Veggie & Fruit Consumption in the Lunchroom

Healthy Food Choices in Schools December 23, 2016 Print Friendly and PDF

Dr. David Just, Co-Director of Cornell’s Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs and one of the leaders the Healthy Food Choices in Schools Community of Practice, gives an introduction to the principles of behavioral economics and how they can be applied to the school lunchroom environment to nudge healthier food choices among students. He also highlights low-cost, simple, research-based strategies for making healthier foods more convenient, visible, and appealing in school lunchrooms.

After this talk you will have:

  • An understanding of the principles of behavioral economics as they apply to the lunchroom
  • Take home tips for decreasing food waste and increasing sales and consumption of healthy foods 

Tools and Resources: 

Smarter Lunchroom Training Materials

Healthy Food Suggested Names 




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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.