Rising obesity rates, the increase of type 2 diabetes and the prevalence of food allergies are just a few reasons most states have policies that limit the types of snack foods and beverages available for sale in school. But tasty treats and sugary snacks aren’t just limited to vending machines and school cafeterias. Often these foods are used in the classroom as rewards or incentives, for celebrations and even in fundraisers.
It’s not to say food doesn’t have a place in the classroom. In fact, class parties and celebrations that incorporate food can create excitement, encourage camaraderie and help students feel welcome. And snacks, when healthy, can increase concentration, reenergize sleepy students and even improve performance on standardized tests. However, it’s important to strike a balance between tasty indulgences and healthier alternatives. This e-newsletter offers ideas schools and educators can use to achieve a healthy balance in the classroom.
We hope suggestions from this article help promote balance between tasty treats and healthier alternatives. Give one or two a try, and see what you think!
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