Generations of hands have been wrung and brows beaten on the subject of how to get kids to eat their greens. But it turns out—in the school context at least— all it takes is moving the salad bar.
According to Cornell researchers who spent a year studying a New York state middle school, simply placing the salad bar in a better location (pulling it away from a wall and moving it closer to the cash) resulted in a 250-300% increase in the purchase of certain salad bar items. And by the end of the year the school saw a 6% uptake in kids buying school lunch.
It’s not exactly rocket science—grocery stores have been guiding our food desires/choices for decades simply by where they put certain products. Why shouldn’t schools adopt such a cheap and intelligent way to get kids to make more healthful choices?