Via The Des Moines Register:
Technology can be used to positively influence children’s eating habits, according to new research by two Iowa State University professors.
Laura Smarandescu, an assistant professor of marketing, and Brian Mennecke, an associate professor of information systems, tested the theory earlier this month at a YMCA of Greater Des Moines camp in Boone.
The researchers found that when a digital display featuring a rotating image of a salad was shown in the camp’s cafeteria, salad consumption among kids increased as much as 90 percent.
Boys, in particular, were more likely to load up on veggies.
Iowa State researchers believe digital displays could encourage students to make better food choices during the school year.