Wrap-up NuVal® Trade Up Competition – by Lydia!
Hello! So my next post will be my last (and also on my last day of high school!) so I’m going to do some wrap up of our NuVal® trade up in the lunchroom competition! I thought I would practice my interviewing skills and who better to talk to than the mastermind behind the competition, Mr. Schulte?Lydia: So, how many people competed in the lunchroom and what did they win? Mr. Schulte: There are 46 people that won $5 gift cards out of 284 participating. We had one grand prize winner, Kellan Cameron, who won the Kindle Fire. Lydia: What were some trade ups that you saw students make? Mr. Schulte: Typical trade ups that were made were from 1% to skim milk, apples for applesauce, a lot of times people picked the healthier of the two entrees, sometimes it was unintentional until they got to the board and realized that the choice they made was actually a trade up. That was kind of beneficial too just because they realized, “Oh, I made a decision that I wanted and it was healthier for me.” Lydia: Which happened more often, intentional or unintentional trade ups? Mr. Schulte: It really varied, but multiple times kids were making at least one trade up, which was beneficial. Lydia: Who ran the competition besides you?
Mr. Schulte: We put a bunch of senior students on it to encourage people to sign up and it really became an educational opportunity. Lydia: Well it sounds like a really positive things, were there any snags?
Mr. Schulte: It worked great when we had it manned–or womanned– or had people there to help with the boards, but as soon as we took those people out and kind of let it fly on its own, it struggled a little bit, partially just because of the time it took to write two numbers up on the board, and students only have a 22 minute lunch. We could find ways to be more technologically savvy with it–maybe texting? Lydia: Do you have any final thoughts about how NuVal® has worked out thus far at Sartell High School?
Mr. Schulte: I feel like the students are pretty conscious of their choices and pretty aware of how the NuVal® scores factor into that. It reminds them that there is a healthier choice. I think they just embrace it, they say, “Hey that fits what I’m doing and I’m glad I’m making the healthy choice.” There you go! I hope you enjoyed my reporting!
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