Does the lunchroom's mystery meat and rock-hard seating make you want to eat as humanly possible just to get out of there? These steps show you how.
- Have cafeteria workers ask students if they want a salad with their meal.
- Move the veggie options closer to the checkout.
- Put fruits in eye-catching colored bowls (not stainless steel like the rest of the food).
- Have at least 1/3 of the milk be 2% or skim milk. Place this healthier type at the front of the fridges.
- Ask the cafeteria to provide smaller plates to encourage smaller portions.
- Decorate the walls of the lunchroom with the healthy foods you want to encourage young people to eat.
- Create a “healthy express” checkout for those who aren’t buying sugary and salty desserts.
- Create posters that list ingredients nutrition information of the food items.
- Ask the cafeteria to always offer a variety of fruits and vegetables (one option = fail).
- Rename the food. Like, "String beans" sounds bland. “Zesty Sautéed String Beans” sounds way better.
- Put the healthiest foods by the register (late minute impulse buy!).
The New York Times