Pyschology to Make School Lunches More Appealing

Schools are trying to make healthy food more appealing to students.  Seems bans on junk food and soda have been backfiring. And we all know, presentation matters! Schools are trying to make healthy food appear more interesting and exciting. Makes you wonder what’s going on in your schools, doesn’t it?

Taken from news.yahoo.com

By MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Medical Writer – Tue Oct 12, 9:21 pm ET

Hide the chocolate milk behind the plain milk. Get those apples and oranges out of stainless steel bins and into pretty baskets. Cash-only for desserts.

These subtle moves can entice kids to make healthier choices in school lunch lines, studies show. Food and restaurant marketers have long used similar tricks. Now the government wants in on the act.

[Related: 7 marketing tricks you’re falling for at supermarket]

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced what it called a major new initiative Tuesday, giving $2 million to food behavior scientists to find ways to use psychology to improve kids’ use of the federal schoollunch program and fight childhood obesity.

A fresh approach is clearly needed, those behind the effort say.

About one-third of children and teens are obese or overweight. Bans on soda and junk food have backfired in some places. Some students have abandoned school meal programs that tried to force-feed healthy choices. When one school district put fruit on every lunch tray, most of it ended up in the garbage.

So instead of pursuing a carrot or a stick approach, schools want to entice kids to choose the carrot sticks, figuring children are more likely to eat something they select themselves.

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