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Our Center's Mission:

To conduct and support innovative research that applies the principles of behavioral economics in order to find strategies that improve children’s food choices and support consumption during school meals and to disseminate these research-based strategies to help Food Service Directors in K-12 schools and policy makers to design sustainable lunchrooms that subtly guide smarter choices.

These solutions can include overlooked low-cost/no cost lunchroom changes – environmental changes – that can lead a student to unknowingly make healthier lunch choices without knowing that they are being "nudged" by the way the lunchroom is designed.

By conducting and sponsoring these research and outreach activities, our Center provides proven win-win strategies that are easy and profitable for schools to implement and that help students make healthier foods choices.


Video Spotlight

Brian Wansink and David Just doing a Lunchroom Makeover

A Few Quick Tips

Lunch Line Redesign -- NYTime
Lunch Line Redesign - NYTime (download graphic)
  • Just suggesting students take a fruit will increase the number of them eating it by as much as 70%.
  • Closing the lid on an ice cream freezer can reduce the number of people choosing ice cream from 30% to 14%.
  • Introducing a salad bar increased school lunch participation by 21% in a high school of 1,000 students.