Alternatives to Food Rewards
Classroom rewards and incentives can be an effective way to encourage positive behavior. However, it is important that students not be given food for rewards because this can interfere with natural hunger cues. Many foods used for rewards counteract healthful eating messages.
Breakfast in the Classroom
Offering breakfast in the classroom makes the morning meal accessible to all students. It ensures all students have the opportunity to start the day with the nutrients and energy they need to learn better, behave better and perform better in school. Numerous studies show it that eating a nutritious breakfast is critical to a student’s ability to learn, stay healthy and behave in school.
Birthday parties and holiday celebrations at school provide a unique opportunity to help make healthful eating fun and exciting for students. Schools can take advantage of classroom celebrations to serve food that tastes good, is nutritious and provides students with an opportunity for nutrition education experiences.
Healthy Food Choices at School
Serving healthy snacks to children is important to providing good nutrition, supporting lifelong healthy eating habits and helping to prevent costly and potentially disabling diseases.