I was so excited to see this article in the New York Times today: how to redesign school lunchrooms to promote healthier eating. It’s not about taking away the junk foods. Rather, it’s about how simply redesigning cafeterias leads to healthier food choices.
- Make healthy foods (like broccoli) the first thing you see
- Give food attractive names: Instead of “corn” call it “creamy corn”!
- Provide choices: Offer students a choice of carrots OR celery (not only carrots)
- Keep ice cream and desserts in closed containers so they’re not easily visible
- Encourage tray use: This increases veggie and decreases ice cream consumption
- Decrease the size of bowls
- Move chocolate milk behind regular milk
- Put apples and oranges in fruit bowl rather than a stainless steel pan (this makes it more appealing)
- Verbally offer students a salad (and more will say yes)
- Move the salad bar in front of the checkout (instead of off against a wall)
- Have student pay cash for desserts (instead of using lunch tickets to buy them)
- Make a “healthy express” check-out line for students not buying desserts or chips
|This is pretty much what my school lunches used to look like… yikes.|