Study: Cafeteria environment can help students make healthy choices

09/15/2013 | Star-Gazette (Elmira, N.Y.)

Students are more likely to eat healthier school lunches if the meals are inexpensive or free and if the lunchroom environment is designed to encourage students to make healthier choices, according to Cornell University researchers. They found that vegetable selection increased by between 40% and 70% when dishes were given a catchy name, such as "X-ray vision carrots." Researchers also found that students were more likely to select fruit when it was placed in a basket near the cash register, and more white milk was purchased when it was placed first in the display.

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