Warrenville, Illinois (PRWEB) February 28, 2012
Cook’s Direct, a recognized authority in foodservice supplies and equipment, has today announced important tips to follow in order to boost healthful eating decisions in school cafeterias across the nation.
Improving eating choices in the nation’s school cafeterias has never been more important. As new studies show the impact of obesity and poor eating habits carry forward into adulthood, it becomes imperative that healthy eating choices are encouraged in America’s schools. Cook’s Direct has compiled a list of vital tips that not only encourage healthier eating, but even make it fun.
For any cafeteria, an important decision is to post nutrition facts for foods served in plain sight for the students. Consider having nutrition facts posted directly above each food served. Another way to encourage students to make healthy choices is to put fruits and vegetables at the front of the line. Students often choose the first food items they see, rather than those tucked at the end or middle of the line. Encouraging the use of cafeteria trays is also a good idea, as it gives students the ability to load up on more fruits and vegetables.
Cook’s Direct also points out that schools should offer two vegetables rather than just one, as variety is important to today’s teens. Giving vegetables creative, interesting names also helps encourage students to choose a healthier option. Another excellent option is to take photos of fruits and vegetables served, professionally format and enlarge them, and hang them on the cafeteria walls in fun displays of healthful eating.
It’s also important for schools to know exactly which students have food allergies. Consider putting each allergic student’s photograph at the cash register so that lunchroom workers can assist in ensuring the child’s meal is safe from hidden allergens.
Finally, Cook’s Direct points out it is important for schools to relocate vending machines as far from the cafeteria as possible. This encourages students to choose milk over soda. In addition, chocolate milk can be “camouflaged” behind regular milk, encouraging students to choose a more healthful drink.
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