How Smarter School Architecture Can Help Kids Eat Healthier Food

By Adele Peters
Fast Co, Aug 20, 2015

A 1950s-era elementary school in rural Buckingham, Virginia was redesigned to help kids lose weight. Courtesy of Fast Co., photo by Tom Daly

(Image: A 1950s-era elementary school in rural Buckingham, Virginia was redesigned to help kids lose weight. Courtesy of Fast Co., photo by Tom Daly)

Some schools have banned junk food. Some have added longer gym classes, new nutrition classes, or even required standing desks. But childhood obesity rates are still about three times higher than they were in 1980. Now schools are adding another tool to the fight for fitter kids: Architecture.

A 1950s-era elementary school in rural Buckingham, Virginia was redesigned to help kids lose weight. The architects worked directly with public health researchers to change a long list of details based on current research, from designing a kitchen with dedicated storage space for local, seasonal fruit, to placing healthy meals at kids’-eye level in the checkout line. In a teaching kitchen, third-graders can learn to make healthy meals from the foods they grow in the school garden. Read more…

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