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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: