Read the Spring 2018 Edition of Journal of Child Nutrition & Management

2018-05-01

Spring 2018 Edition of Journal of Child Nutrition and Management

We all know it can be hard to get a student to eat something green—spinach, broccoli, peppers. We can all agree on the health-boosting benefits of broccoli, but it’s hard to communicate to that to youngster.

But what if you incentivized those selections? Two low-income schools in West Texas tested the idea of using stickers to change the behavior of students. The results of this study, and many others, can be found in the latest edition of the Journal of Child Nutrition & Management. In addition to learning about this successful West Texas program, you’ll read research on:

  • School Culture and Farm-to-School Programming: As the number of farm-to-school programs consistently rises, the culture of the school, and its readiness to integrate programs into the curriculum, play a role in the effectiveness of these initiatives.
  • Nutrition Education Intervention on Eating Fruits and Vegetables: If students understood more about fruits and vegetables, and why they’re important for growing kids, would they be keener to eat them?
  • Parents and the Support of Breakfast After the Bell: School breakfast programs are designed to help fuel children for a busy day of learning. An added benefit is that parents no longer need to worry if their child is getting a nutritious breakfast. This study found that as parents saw the benefits of these programs first-hand, they were more likely to support them.
  • The Role of Taste in School Meals: The majority of school nutrition studies focus on students eating a specific food group, yet rarely analyze the role of taste. Taste plays a major role when it comes to meal satisfaction and by looking at the psychological outcomes of meals, researchers may be able to better improve and evaluate current school meals.
  • A Teacher Saying, “Eat Your Veggies”: To help more students get excited about their vegetable snacks, 12 Wisconsin teachers each portrayed different levels of encouragement. This kind of encouragement could have a strong and lasting impact on students.
  • Challenges & Solutions in Rural School Districts: School districts in rural areas face some unique issues when creating and operating successful meal programs. When faced with a limited administrative capacity, hiring and retention of staff, infrastructure limits, accommodating student needs, purchasing limitations and more, schools in this study identified strategies to overcome these challenges such as joining purchasing cooperatives or becoming involved in peer networks.

Also in this issue: Currently, there are a number of studies being conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food & Nutrition Service (FNS) in the area of child nutrition. See what’s currently in the works and learn how the field of child nutrition is constantly changing.

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