The SFUSD Wellness Policy encourages teachers to reward students with non-food items. Using food and drinks of poor nutritional value as a reward for students may reinforce students’ preferences for them and prove counterproductive to learning programs that promote healthy eating. Changing food rewards can initially be challenging but can be facilitated by involving students in the process of choosing alternatives. Praise and positive reinforcement are the preferred methods in encouraging students to keep up their good work.
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