Pre-Ordering Systems Encourage Healthier Choices in School Lunchrooms
Hanks, Andrew S., David R. Just, and Brian Wansink (2013), “Pre-Ordering School Lunch and Food Choices Encourages Better Food Choices by Children,” JAMA Pediatrics, 167:7, 673-674.
6 Pages Posted: 9 Jun 2012 Last revised: 30 Apr 2017
Date Written: June 8, 2012
Approximately 31 million children enroll in the National School Lunch Program and nearly 1/3 of children between the ages of 6 and 19 are considered obese. What if the school food environment made healthy food choices easier for children? One overlooked scalable alternative involves students pre-ordering their lunch. In this study, we examine whether having students pre-order their lunch improves the nutrition of school lunch selection and consumption.
Keywords: child nutrition programs, behavioral economics, childhood obesity
JEL Classification: D03, I18
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