Kids eat more healthful foods during longer, quieter school lunch

December 12, 2014

It’s hard to get kids to eat healthful foods, especially at school. But a new study suggests that, by changing the lunch environment, schools can encourage kids to make better choices without even changing their menus. This study, conducted by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, found that students buying school […]

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Fun and games help toddlers make healthy choices

December 2, 2014

By Kathleen Lees The last concern on children’s minds is eating healthy. Yet adding a little fun and games to the equation can make a dramatic difference when it comes to eating right. Recent findings published in the journal Appetite found that some fun fruit and vegetable games were enough to encourage toddlers to try […]

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Farmers market vouchers may help low-income families eat healthier

August 27, 2014

Giving low-income families vouchers to buy fruits and vegetables at farmers markets could increase their consumption of these healthy foods, according to a new study. Low-income families tend to eat fewer fruits and vegetables. In addition to not having adequate access to healthy foods, cost is also an issue. Farmers market vouchers could help address […]

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New school meal standards significantly increase fruit, vegetable consumption

April 30, 2014

New federal standards launched in 2012 that require schools to offer healthier meals have led to increased fruit and vegetable consumption, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers. The study, the first to examine school food consumption both before and after the standards went into effect, contradicts criticisms that […]

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CDC report shows U.S. still not eating enough fruits and veggies

June 13, 2013

Increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables eaten by children and adults is an important step toward preventing and reducing obesity in the United States and lowering the risk of developing many chronic diseases. The newest edition of the State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables (2013) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]

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Mandating fruits and vegetables in school meals makes a difference

March 19, 2013

State laws that require minimum levels of fruits and vegetables in school meals may give a small boost to the amount of these foods in adolescents’ diets, according to a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. This effect was strongest in students who had no access to fruits and vegetables at home. […]

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Learning gardens seek to combat childhood obesity

January 2, 2013

By Erin Prater Give a child the proverbial choice between candy and a carrot, and he’ll likely choose candy — unless he helped grow the carrot. The hypothesis was one of many posited by District 11 dietician Jamie Humphrey last fall as she helped to launch a large garden at the Galileo School of Math […]

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Cheaper fruits and vegetables alone can’t save food deserts

November 27, 2012

By Eliza Barclay Tens of millions of Americans can’t follow the government’s guidelines for healthful eating because they can’t afford or access enough fresh fruits and vegetables. Sometimes it’s because they live in what’s known as a “food desert,” places devoid of markets with a good variety of quality fresh foods. Increasingly, researchers want to […]

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