Project: Smarter Choices Through Nutritional Report Cards Description
Award Year: 2010
Amount of award, fiscal 2010: $30,000.00
Institution: Cornell University
Principal Investigator: David Just
Status: Ongoing
Detailed Objective: This project will use behavioral economics theory of informational nudges and social norm effects to examine if nutritional report cards sent home to parents influence the amount of foods and type of foods that are selected by elementary school children. Nutritional report cards will use school cafeteria point of sale data to provide information on food selections children make at school. The study will take place in two elementary schools, with a treatment class receiving a weekly report to parents on items purchased by the child as well as the amount purchased relative to others within the class; the comparison class will not receive the weekly report.
Topic: Behavioral Economics, Child Nutrition, School Lunch and Breakfast
Wansink, B., D. Just, R. Patterson, and L. Smith. “Nutrition Report Cards: An Opportunity to Improve School Lunch Selection," PLOS One, Vol. 8, Issue 10, October 2013.