Effects of a Behavioral Economics Intervention on Food Choice and Food Consumption in Middle-School and High-School Cafeterias
ORIGINAL RESEARCH — Volume 15 — July 5, 2018
Pictures show strategies implemented in intervention schools. The first photo shows container displays, and the second photo shows samples of sliced fruit and signage.
Displays from a behavioral economics intervention on the effects on food choices and food consumption in middle-school and high-school cafeterias, King County, Washington, 2013–2014.
Number of kitchen managers (N = 6) in intervention schools who tried 13 behavioral economics strategies, intervention on effects on food choices and food consumption in middle-school and high-school cafeterias, King County, Washington, 2013–2014.
|Behavioral Economics Strategy||No. of Managers Who Tried Strategy|
|Create grab and go meals||0|
|Highlight healthy foods through labels, signs, or stickers||1|
|Establish a made-to-order salad bar||2|
|Display milk in front of/on top of chocolate milk||2|
|Display fruits and vegetables multiple times in a lunch line||3|
|Work with others in school to promote school meals||3|
|Conduct taste tests for new foods||3|
|Staff use verbal prompts for healthy foods||3|
|Create new line layouts||3|
|Offer sliced fruit||3|
|Give food items creative names||4|
|Create posters/signage promoting particular healthy foods||5|
|Display fruits and vegetables in attractive ways||6|
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