Don’t pretend like you don’t remember Channel One News from back in the day! I remember watching Channel One as long ago as the 7th grade (1998!).
Well Channel One is still alive & kicking (in case you didn’t know) & at my school, we play the news station for our students during homeroom each day.
A two-part story studying students’ food choices at lunch was featured this week.
Essentially, the story looked at the positioning & presentation of food options in a high school cafeteria & how these factors affect students’ choices. For example, if pizza is the first thing students see, they are more likely to chose that than to grab the healthier option (in the news story this was a bean burrito, which sorry, I don’t think I’d ever choose, but that’s just me!).
In part two of the story, the pizza was more difficult to get to, as were the high-sugar drink options. The bean burrito was featured, & the fruit was presented in a nice bright bowl. The outcome? Students ate healthier when they had easy access to healthy food and it looked appealing.
I can’t say anything in this study was too revolutionary to me, but it was interesting! Thinking back to my high school days, I remember eating both pizza & ice cream quite frequently. While pizza is a daily option to the students at my school, the ice cream freezer has been completely done away with! (Now where am I going to get my Snickers ice cream fix?!)
Seriously, these are amazing!
I was surprised to see that when I visited the Channel One News website to read up on the story some more, they have quite a few articles available to teens all about healthy eating & fitness!
A few examples include:
Channel One sure has stepped up their game since the late-90s! 😉
Do you think the availability & appearance of food makes a difference in what YOU chose to eat?