Healthy kids learn better. Schools should not only teach children how to make healthy choices, but should also provide an environment that fosters healthy eating. While fun is the focal point of classroom celebrations, food is often a part of the festivities. Healthier choices in the classroom help children learn to make healthier decisions throughout their lives.
Providing food based on performance or behavior connects food to mood. This practice can encourage children to eat treats even when they are not hungry and can instill lifetime habits of rewarding or comforting themselves with food.
Rewarding or celebrating in the classroom should not involve candy or sweet treats which may undermine a child's diet and reinforce unhealthful eating habits. A wide variety of alternatives can be used to provide positive reinforcement for children s behavior and academic performance.