Simple swap encourages healthier choices for students

Posted at 5:52 AM, Oct 10, 2017

Making healthy choices when it comes to food isn't always easy, especially when it comes to getting your kids to eat their fruits and veggies. But, with the help of you kids' school, one simple change could be the answer.

A 2011 study found grade school students ate 54% healthier when recess was moved before lunch, as opposed to after. 

Typically, for most schools, recess is after lunch. 

The New York Times found that the simple swap - letting students run around before sitting down for a meal - did way more than just encourage a healthier, more balanced diet, it proved better for them overall.

Their 2010 analysis found the switch led to: less waste, better behavior, which in turn gave teachers the opportunity for more quality teaching time. 

As easy as it may sound, swapping periods isn't that easy, especially when it comes to scheduling. 

Experts say, if your kids' school isn't budging, try this new routine at home on weekends. If it works, keep it up, after some time, have an open conversation with the school again and see where it leads.