Skip to content

Weight Loss & Diet Plans

Let Them Eat Veggies: School Lunch Gets a Makeover

Font Size
A
A
A

Make Healthy Foods More Enticing continued...

Brian Wansink, PhD, is the co-director of the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs in Ithaca, N.Y. “We can’t just load up kids’ trays with healthy foods and expect them to gobble it all up,” he says. “It is very important for kids to eat more fruits and vegetables, but it is also important to realize that we can’t force them to do that.” 

The “force-on-tray” method will increase how many vegetables kids take and eat, but it also increases how much they will waste, he says. A better bet is to make fruits look more enticing and give vegetables cool names like "big bad bean burritos."

“You have to do more than change the menu,” he says.

“Big picture, this is a good idea,” Black says. Schools that saw the changes coming had already tweaked their menus and are not experiencing any resistance from students.

See for Yourselves

Parents need to see the new lunch menus for themselves.

“Eat lunch with your child and see what is available,” Black says. Talk to food services about what has changed, and ask your children what they ate for lunch and whether or not they liked it.

1 | 2 | 3

Today on WebMD

measuring waist
4 tips for shedding yours.
apple cider vinegar
Does it have health benefits?
 
Chocolate truffle
For weight loss, some aren’t so bad after all.
woman holding red dress
24 simple, practical tips.
 
woman shopping fresh produce
Video
butter curl on knife
Quiz
 
eating out healthy
Article
Smiling woman, red hair
Article
 
thumbnail_woman_tossing_spinach
Video
lunchbox
Article
 
What Girls Need To Know About Eating Disorders
Article
fat caliper
Tool
 

Special Sections