Healthy Nudges in the School Lunch Line

By CHIBEblog

In an online commentary in JAMA Pediatrics, Mitesh Patel and Kevin Volpp comment on a new school-based randomized trial that tested whether increased food palatability, combined with choice architecture, improved the diet of elementary and middle school children. The intervention had two phases: first, schools were randomized to a control or to receive a chef’s visit twice a week for seven months. After three months, schools were again randomized to a “choice architecture” intervention that included preferential placement of fruits, vegetables, and milk, and promotional signage and packaging. The result after seven months? Healthier food choices and consumption increased with…

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