Date of Award

Fall 12-8-2017

Document Type

Project

Advisor(s)

Lizzy Pope

Project Description

A mixed-methods approach was used to evaluate and improve the “Late-Night Dining” options in a university dining hall. Surveys assessed student desires around Late-Night offerings, and evaluated students’ habits and motivations during Late-Night. Two interventions based on the principles of behavioral economics were implemented to see if students could be “nudged” into making healthier choices. In the first, a “veggie-heavy” entrée was added at the beginning of the entrée line, so that students would substitute a healthier entrée for the less healthy alternatives. In the second, a healthy snack-food bar was set up to cater to students who didn’t want to stand in the long entrée line. Data on food choice was collected during the interventions.

Survey responses showed significant differences in the reasons females and males utilized Late-Night Dining (p

Following our interventions, Dining Services continued to offer the healthy snack bar, and veggie-heavy entrées were included in the rotation of Late-Night entrée options.

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