Fruit and veggies costs too high for schools

David Just, a behavioral economist and co-director of the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition, says that while the new Harvard School of Public Health study shows an increase in fruit and vegetable consumption at school, food waste and costs are too high. Just recently published a study in Public Health Nutrition that […]

Involved parents raise slimmer adults

Involved parents raise slimmer adults ITHACA, N.Y. – Remember that slim kid in school – the one with the cook-from-scratch mom? He’s likely one of the fittest dudes at your high school reunion according to new research from Cornell University, published online in the journal PLOS ONE. “One of the best safeguards against your children […]

Healthier Happy Meals help kids cut calories, study shows

ITHACA, N.Y. – Children can eat a favorite fast-food meal and still cut calories, according to a recent Cornell University study of a popular fast-food meal. In 2012, McDonald’s made changes to its Happy Meal to improve the nutritional quality of the popular children’s meal. In a recent study, Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab […]

Debit cards deduct nutrition from school lunches

ITHACA, N.Y. – School cafeterias that accept only electronic payments may be inadvertently promoting junkier food and adding empty calories to students’ diets, say Cornell behavioral economists in the current issue of the journal Obesity. Paper and videos: http://foodpsychology.cornell.edu/op/debitcard To expedite long lunch lines and enable cleaner accounting, about 80 percent of schools use debit […]