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Montgomery County schools have begun posting nutrition information in cafeterias to encourage students to make healthier choices (and comply with a new county law). Do you think this will improve students' diets?

By Jon DeNunzio  |  September 5, 2010; 10:49 PM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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The people who came up with this county law are delusional. If given a choice, kids will gravitate to what looks, smells, and tastes good, regardless of nutritional value.

Posted by: joelwright1 | September 6, 2010 1:13 AM

It's always a question of motivation and the particular child's development.

Will their self-esteem (of particular interest to early teens) going to suffer if they think reading the information makes them look like a nerd?

Do other students in their peer group read the information?

An effort like this really needs to go hand-in-hand with a school and/or classroom-based initiative to communicate the value, importance and benefits of paying attention to this type of information. And, of course, notices sent to the parents will enlist other valuable stake-holders.

So, yes it can be effective -if done right. Of course, not much is done right in our failing, 19th century model of classroom education.

Posted by: topwriter | September 6, 2010 9:23 AM

As a father of a 7-year old, I say: Yes, it would. My son is pretty keyed in to health and fitness. Fatty foods aren't prohibited in the house, but he'll choose carrots and celery over chips all the time.

Posted by: DJMonet | September 6, 2010 7:27 PM

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