Kids eat more healthful foods during longer, quieter school lunch

December 12, 2014

It’s hard to get kids to eat healthful foods, especially at school. But a new study suggests that, by changing the lunch environment, schools can encourage kids to make better choices without even changing their menus. This study, conducted by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, found that students buying school […]

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Cafeteria debit cards tied to unhealthy school lunches: Why paying with plastic could be hurting kids

October 21, 2013

By Chris Weller Dropping a handful of quarters into the waiting palm of a lunch lady is quickly getting replaced by rapid, blurry swipes of a debit card, and the proliferation in cafeterias around the country has two researchers pushing for greater monitoring of children’s unhealthy spending habits. Cornell University behavioral economists David Just and Brian […]

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Fast food: Students struggle with healthy options in short lunch periods

September 5, 2013

By Joanna Lin The green beans are portioned and displayed in orderly rows. The lasagnas are steaming up their plastic covers. The workers stand ready, their hair netted and aprons tied. The bell rings, and a stream of nearly 1,000 students flood in to Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School’s cafeteria, barely slowing as they […]

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Helping kids make healthier food choices

February 26, 2013

Feb. 25, 2013, The Boston Globe By Lara Salahi Want a way to get kids to choose healthier food? Make it look good and easy to grab, say researchers at Cornell University. Their study, published Feb. 22 in the Journal of Pediatrics, suggests that kids are more likely to choose healthy food if the presentation […]

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