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Healthy Eating Design Guidelines for School Architecture

A dozen or so young school children visit the teaching kitchen, accompanied by a teacher. The teaching kitchen is located next to the hot and cold lunch service lines, which is visually open to the commercial kitchen, where chefs are busy preparing meals and children await. The kitchens open out onto the large seating area, where several children relax on flexible, movable soft seating. The overall design, which includes wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking green space, incorporates appealing lights and colors.

Figure 3. Artist rendering of open kitchen and co-located teaching kitchen for upper and lower elementary schools, Dillwyn, Virginia.

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Several children enjoy the paths running through the school garden, which is located next to the outdoor dining terrace. The landscape includes a large mural painted on the exterior of the building. The garden and outdoor dining spaces, which lead into the kitchen and cafeteria, are designed to improve the health literacy of children.

Figure 4. Integrated school garden and outdoor eating spaces for upper and lower elementary schools, Dillwyn, Virginia.

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