Sight & Mind: Promoting Healthy Foods in School Cafeterias

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

When in a hurry, convenience and visibility is king. Kids and adults alike tend not to consider what they want for lunch until entering a cafeteria or restaurant. This means it is often what is most visible or the easiest to reach that is selected. Professor David Just, PhD of Cornell University's Smarter Lunchrooms Movement discusses the psychology of choice and how we can use these simple principles to make the healthy choice the easy choice.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Understanding of the psychology of choice and how it relates to the school meal environment
  • Simple ways that healthy foods can be promoted using the principles of visibility and convenience


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