Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity

In the Classroom

The most difficult food to regulate in schools is the food that is not sold but, rather, brought in by parents to celebrate a holiday or birthday or given out by teachers as a reward. Unfortunately, many teachers continue to use candy, pizza parties, soda and other types of junk food as learning and performance incentives.

Creative adults can reward or praise students while promoting a healthy lifestyle. These resources provide alternatives to using food as reward or punishment: