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Smarter Lunchrooms
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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Smarter Lunchrooms Feb 9
"If you want students to eat healthy foods, choices matter-- even if they are not immediately obvious ones."
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Smarter Lunchrooms Feb 8
Students in Mississippi are getting a taste of what makes the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement so sweet.
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Smarter Lunchrooms Feb 7
At the Celebration K8 School in FL, a tower garden was purchased through a grant and used to excite and educate students about vegetables.
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Smarter Lunchrooms Feb 3
Adding vegetables to meals makes diners believe the overall meal tastes better. Cornell Food and Brand Lab
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Smarter Lunchrooms Feb 2
"Reducing sitting time can be an initial step in a physical activity plan." How can you apply this to your school?
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Smarter Lunchrooms Feb 1
Sometimes they just need to be told, "It's not about being first. It's about trying."
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Smarter Lunchrooms Jan 31
“We recommend that children drink soda once a week or less. We’re seeing that two-thirds drink it on a daily basis.”
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Smarter Lunchrooms Jan 30
Integrating movement into lessons enhances children's engagement and makes class time less sedentary.
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Smarter Lunchrooms Jan 27
When 6-10 year olds ate drumsticks instead of de-boned chicken, they were 2x as likely to disobey adults& 2x as aggressive toward other kids
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Smarter Lunchrooms Jan 26
What's the key to becoming a slim adult?
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Smarter Lunchrooms Jan 20
Did you know: Children generally only eat about 60% of what they serve themselves.
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Smarter Lunchrooms Jan 19
Having recess before lunch increases the number of students selecting fruits or vegetables by 45%.
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Smarter Lunchrooms Jan 18
A healthy diet can be as easy as making the healthiest choice the most convenient, attractive, and normal.
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Smarter Lunchrooms Jan 17
To increase student vegetable consumption in schools, serve vegetables that were grown in the school garden.
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Smarter Lunchrooms Jan 16
Playing a video depicting vegetable characters delivering healthy messages near the salad bar increased salad selection by 239%.
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Smarter Lunchrooms Jan 13
The price of food impacts our perceptions of health and which health issues we should be concerned about.
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Smarter Lunchrooms Jan 11
Schools can use a “cash for cookies” rule to encourage healthy choices. Read on to learn more!
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Smarter Lunchrooms Jan 9
When chocolate milk is banned from schools, students take 10% less milk and waste 29% more.
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Smarter Lunchrooms Jan 5
Smarter Lunchroom principles are worth every penny!
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Smarter Lunchrooms Jan 4
Apply these findings to your lunchroom for healthier kids!
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