USDA backs healthy incentives

October 9, 2014

USDA is firmly committed to ensuring that all Americans have access to a safe, healthy, adequate, and affordable diet. Unfortunately, our nation is facing an unprecedented nutrition crisis, with far too many Americans facing both food insecurity and obesity. Although it seems paradoxical, the two actually go hand in hand far too often. To reverse […]

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USDA invests nearly $118 million to support America’s specialty crop producers

October 8, 2014

On Oct. 2 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced nearly $118 million in grants to strengthen markets for specialty crops, such as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, horticulture, and nursery crops. The grants were authorized through the 2014 Farm Bill as part of an effort to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops and provide resources to strengthen […]

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To encourage kids to eat more vegetables, don’t focus on the health benefits

August 1, 2014

By Kathleen Lees A healthy diet remains an essential part of a child’s development. However, many children might not be so eager to pick up a piece of broccoli. Of course, they’d much rather have some candy or cake. But is it all just about the taste? A recent study published in the Journal of […]

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Supermarket access is key ingredient in obesity programs

July 7, 2014

Living close to a supermarket appears to be a key factor in the success of interventions to help obese children eat better and improve their weight, according to a study presented May 3 at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Urban neighborhoods and rural towns without access to fresh, […]

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How grocery store coupons can encourage healthful eating

June 18, 2014

By Lenny Bernstein Grocery coupons aren’t associated with nutritious food. Big chains use them to lure you into the store, offering discounts mostly on processed food and snacks. When researchers looked at 1,056 coupons available online for supermarkets nationwide, they found that the largest share (25 percent) were for “processed snack foods, candies, and desserts.” […]

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Pay kids to eat fruits and veggies with school lunch

January 24, 2014

The good news: Research suggests that a new federal rule has prompted the nation’s schools to serve an extra $5.4 million worth of fruits and vegetables each day. The bad news: The nation’s children throw about $3.8 million of that in the garbage each day. Researchers from Brigham Young University and Cornell University observed three […]

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Big Bird, Elmo to encourage kids to eat produce

December 20, 2013

A trip down the grocery store produce aisle could soon feel like a stroll down “Sesame Street.” Michelle Obama announced that the nonprofit organization behind the popular children’s educational TV program will let the produce industry use Elmo, Big Bird, and Sesame Street’s other furry characters free of charge to market fruits and veggies to […]

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Latino families in study eat more fruits and veggies, drink less soda

August 23, 2013

A successful program that increased the number of fruits and vegetables eaten and decreased sugar-sweetened beverage consumption by 50 percent among Latino children had two secret weapons, according to a University of Illinois (U of I) researcher. “First, we got mothers and other relatives involved because family togetherness is a very important value for Latinos. […]

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‘Prescription’ for fruits, vegetables city’s next remedy in battle against obesity

July 29, 2013

By Casey Tolan and Larry Mcshane Take two tomatoes and call me in the morning. City officials unveiled a new get-healthy program July 23 where doctors will “prescribe” a menu of fresh fruits and vegetables to patients battling obesity. “This is probably going to prevent an awful lot of disease in the long term than […]

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