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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 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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Smarter Lunchrooms Jan 2
Hang these colorful posters in your lunchroom to raise your school's produce IQ! Thanks, !
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Smarter Lunchrooms Jan 1
Happy New Year from the Smarter Lunchroom Movement! What are your resolutions for the coming year?
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Smarter Lunchrooms Dec 30
As 2016 comes to a close, we want to hear your proudest or moments. Comment below!
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Smarter Lunchrooms Dec 28
Start the new year one step ahead of the game with this forecast of 2017 food trends.
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Smarter Lunchrooms Dec 23
Placing an Elmo sticker on apples nearly doubled the children’s odds of taking an apple rather than a cookie!
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Smarter Lunchrooms Dec 21
At your next holiday party, encourage kids to eat nutritiously by placing fun name tags on fruit/veggie platters!
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Smarter Lunchrooms Dec 20
Anonymous donors are paying off overdue bills nationwide. What a way to get into the !
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Smarter Lunchrooms Dec 20
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Smarter Lunchrooms Dec 15
Trouble dealing with a "picky eater?" We have some exciting for you.
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Smarter Lunchrooms Dec 14
Lunches served in the National School Lunch Program have higher nutritional quality than lunches brought from home.
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