Navigation Links
Preordered School Lunches May Be Healthier, Study Finds
Date:5/3/2013

FRIDAY, May 3 (HealthDay News) -- Young students are more likely to choose healthier school lunches if they can preorder them, away from the temptations of the sights and aromas of food in the lunchroom, a new study finds.

The research included nearly 300 students at two elementary schools in upstate New York. Over a four-week period, the students used an electronic system to preorder their lunch's main dish.

About 29 percent of the students selected the healthier entree when they were able to preorder, but that number dropped to about 15 percent when preordering was not available.

Students were also 48 percent less likely to select a healthier main dish and 21 percent more likely to chose a less healthy main dish when they made their choice in the lunch line instead of preordering, the researchers added.

The findings appear in a research letter published online May 3 in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.

The findings "demonstrate how a simple environmental change -- preordering -- can prompt children to choose healthier food," concluded Andrew Hanks, of Cornell University, and colleagues.

How does preordering help kids make healthier choices? According to the researchers, "preordering could preempt hunger-based, spontaneous selections and eliminate the sensory cues -- evocative smells and sights -- that lead to less healthy choices."

Hanks and his team say the preordering system used in the study was computer-based, but "paper-based systems are easy, inexpensive, and an immediately implementable alternative" for cash-strapped schools.

The bottom line, they say: "A smarter lunchroom is not confined to the space between the cafeteria walls."

More information

The Nemours Foundation has more about children and healthy eating.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: JAMA Pediatrics, online, May 3, 2013


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Even Preschoolers View the Overweight Negatively
2. Catastrophic Head Injuries to High School Football Players Rising
3. That impulsive, moody preschooler may grow up to be a problem gambler
4. Some Schools Dont Let Kids Carry Asthma Inhalers
5. Awards to 5 IU School of Medicine physicians address critical need for geriatricians
6. Excessive sleepiness may be cause of learning, attention and school problems
7. Study: More Pre-Teens Get Vaccines When Middle Schools Require Them
8. A place to play: Researcher designs schoolyard for children with autism
9. Fees Lead Some Kids to Skip After-School Sports: Survey
10. Outstanding high school students receive awards to stimulate research interest in digestive diseases
11. The Tennessee Car Accident Lawyers at Michael D. Ponce & Associates Alert Public of CDC Survey Revealing Majority of High School Seniors Admitting to Texting Behind Wheel
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Preordered School Lunches May Be Healthier, Study Finds
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... Russ DiGilio ... the first national #QuackGivesBack campaign which supported local breast cancer organizations during National ... Quack Gives Back initiative, and we’re very pleased with the participation ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... With the increasing demand for dental ... Your Mouth?” (WIYM) campaign to inform dentists and patients about the safety issues related ... and prosthetic market in the U.S. is projected to reach $6.4 billion in 2018 ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... Catalent Pharma Solutions, ... biologics and consumer health products, today announced that it had joined the Pharmaceutical ... a non-profit organization to unite pharmaceutical and healthcare companies that share a vision ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... ... Care Act. Dr. Botelho advocates for the mass media launching of story movements ... ongoing opportunities to share their unfortunate experiences; such a movement can generate the ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... Peter Zipp Insurance, an ... around the greater Phoenix metropolitan region, is announcing a charity event to provide ... the Homeless Youth Connection is to promote community awareness of the ongoing needs ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/8/2016)... 8, 2016 Research and Markets has announced ... their offering. ... The global chromatography market to grow at a ... Market 2016-2020, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with ... growth prospects over the coming years. The report also includes a discussion ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... , December 8, 2016 ... "Sugar-Based Excipients Market by Product (Actual Sugars, Sugar ... (Filler & Diluent, Tonicity Agents), Formulation (Oral, Topical, ... MarketsandMarkets, the market has witnessed healthy growth during ... at a CAGR of 4.3% between 2016 and ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... , Dec. 8, 2016  Agenovir Corporation, a ... novel antiviral therapeutics, today announced that it appointed ... officer and a member of the board of ... executive with a deep background in both founding ... founder of Agenovir, co-president of Chan Zuckerberg  Biohub ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: