It’s important to provide consistent messaging around foods and beverages throughout the school day. Promoting healthy options during meal or snack times while allowing unhealthy options during celebrations can confuse youth. Help students associate celebrations with healthy habits rather than unhealthy options, and associate healthy activities with celebrations rather than unhealthy consumption.
This resource provides information on why a move away from food-based rewards in schools is important and what you can do to help make that change. Also included are several examples for alternative rewards!