How smart is your school cafeteria? 12 difference-making changes
from The Post-Standard
Improving school nutrition isn't about banning junk food. "The ideal lunchroom isn't one that eliminates the cookies. The ideal lunchroom is the one that gets children to choose an apple instead of a cookie, but to think it's their own choice," says Brian Wansink, whose Center for Behavioral Economics and Childhood Nutrition at Cornell University received a $1 million grant in October from the Department of Agriculture. The center aims to provide schools with research-based solutions to encourage healthier eating in the lunchroom, while maintaining participation and revenue for the school lunch program. Its "smarter lunchroom initiative" shows how measures as simple as spotlighting healthy food and moving unhealthy choices into dim lights can help cafeterias sell more healthy food.
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