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The BEN Center
The BEN Center uses principles from behavioral economics & research-based solutions to encourage children to make healthier food choices in school lunchrooms.
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The BEN Center 21h
“Good food is like a miracle drug… yet too many people are priced out of a healthy diet. ”
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The BEN Center Jun 27
Join us for our No Time to Train USDA Professional Standards Supplement Webinar! Wed, July 6 at 2:00 pm EDT.
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The BEN Center Jun 22
Tip:Move "competitive foods" (chips, cookies, etc.) behind the serving counter in the lunch line so they are only available by request.
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The BEN Center Jun 17
Webinar Wed, 6/22 @ 2pm: "New SNA Resources to Help You Meet USDA Professional Standards." NO SNA membership needed!
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The BEN Center Jun 15
tip: Students should be able to create a full reimbursable meal in any service area (salad bars, snack windows, speed lines, etc.)
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The BEN Center Jun 14
tip: Make sure fruits and vegetables are easily seen by students of average height for your school. More info:
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The BEN Center Jun 13
Researchers at the Cornell Food and Brand Lab have an important message for parents.
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The BEN Center Jun 10
Increasing students’ exposure to fruit increases their likelihood of seeing it, which increases their chances of taking and eating it
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The BEN Center Jun 9
When students are offered sliced instead of whole fruit, consumption increases by 73%.
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The BEN Center Jun 7
The USDA's Meal Appeal guide is a great resource for promoting nutritious meals to students.
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The BEN Center Jun 6
Tired of serving the same old recipes in your lunchroom? The USDA’s Large Quantity Recipe Database has fresh ideas.
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The BEN Center Jun 3
The first highlighted entrée on the lunch line has an 11% advantage over the second. List the healthy option first!
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The BEN Center Jun 2
How do YOU think we can apply these principles to a lunchroom setting? Get the facts:
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The BEN Center Jun 1
Naming vegetables and displaying the new names with the foods increased selection of vegetables from between 40% - 70%
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The BEN Center May 31
Students in Santa Maria, CA, created a NEW video to familiarize peers with the salad bar at school. Watch it here:
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The BEN Center May 30
- the number of students consuming “healthy items” increased by 35% after introducing a “healthy choices only” convenience line
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The BEN Center May 30
Want to see the principles in action? Take a peek at recent success stories from districts across the country.
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The BEN Center May 27
Our principles apply to more than just school cafeterias!
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The BEN Center May 25
Instead of making the choice for them, use principles to nudge kids towards the healthy option.
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The BEN Center May 23
Interested in the stories behind our research? Take a look at our Key Discoveries for
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