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Kids ‘nutritional report cards’ reveal benefits for healthier choices

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Researchers from Cornell University found benefits from parents receiving ‘nutritional report cards’ by schools to monitor their children’s food choices, according to a press release on Dec. 13. The idea was taken from and mimics academic report cards.

The pilot study emphasized that a nutritional report card brought awareness to parents on their children’s food choices during the time spent at school. Additionally, nutritional report cards could encourage the children to choose healthier foods.

The tracking of children’s food choices appears to have an influence on the children’s selection of healthier food purchases!

Many schools apply a payment system similar to a debit card for the children’s purchases. When the child rings out a tray of food, it is keyed into a cash register documenting the price amount of the selected foods. The monetary amount of these purchases would then be charged to the debit card of each child.

The researchers used the documented food purchases for the information needed on the nutritional report card. After the parents became aware of their child’s food choices, the benefits reaped. Parents altered the family dinner meals to balance out the nutritional needs omitted from the child’s lunch choices, along with having discussions on the importance of choosing healthier foods.

It is apparent the children would make better food choices if they knew their parents were ‘watching’ them.

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