For Healthier School Lunches, Move Salad Bar

A shift of 4 feet leads to huge results at one school
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 28, 2010 6:14 PM CDT
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(Newser) – If educators want kids to eat more veggies at school, they might start with one deceptively easy solution: moving the salad bar. One middle school in New York did so to a more prominent spot and saw a huge increase—as in 250% to 300%—in the consumption of salad bar items, reports PhysOrg. "It wasn't a big move," said one researcher. "From its original location against a wall, we moved the salad bar out about 4 feet, in front of the cash registers."

The results caught the attention of Cliff Kuang at Fast Company, who notes that it "opens up a fat opportunity for architects and designers: You can make people healthier simply by redesigning cafeterias, so that healthier options are easier to access and more prominent. Now get to work!"

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