Boosting Fruit and Veggies at School
A good presentation and a little nudge can whet a kid’s appetite for fruits and vegetables, a study found. In school lunchrooms, fresh fruit was displayed in attractive bowls and salad was served in get-and-go containers. Plus, lunchroom personnel began to ask kids if they’d like to try baby carrots or an apple. Researchers recorded what the kids took and what they left on their trays, and found that the lunchroom makeover increased fruit consumption by 18 percent and vegetable consumption by 25 percent. The authors say the makeover was effective because it guided students to make healthy choices. These strategies may work at home, too.
Source: The Journal of Pediatrics, published online Feb. 22, 2013