White Paper: Use of Food in Classrooms


nofoodasreward One of the biggest obstacles today’s parents face in raising healthy kids is the use of food as a reward.  In my efforts to end this practice at schools, I’ve made an infographic , spoken at school board meetings and finally resorted to paying my kids when they turn down offers of food as a reward.  Public health experts always recommend looking upstream to solve issues, so it is critical to address this where teachers are being trained — at our colleges of education.

To help with that, I recently co-authored a white paper with Dr. Alicia Fedewa of University of Kentucky, College of Education and Anita Courtney, M.S., R.D., of Tweens Nutrition and Fitness Coalition.  The paper includes the role of schools in modeling healthy habits, research on using food as a reward, and strategies for classroom management without using food as a reward.  Below are a few excerpts from it and the full paper can…

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