Brief: How USDA’s research is making strides in healthy eating

April 27, 2015

Periodically, the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) will share examples of how members’ research is being applied for a variety of impacts. Today, our focus is on several U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) initiatives at the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). Here are three brief examples.

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RWJF infographic explains positive impact of healthier school meals

June 9, 2014

A new infographic from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) draws on the best of RWJF-funded research to show how 30+ million kids in the United States have healthier school meal options than children had 10 years ago. Released June 9, “Healthier School Meals Matter” highlights the positive impact of healthy school meals on kids’ […]

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USDA’s new nutrition standards mean healthier food options in school vending machines and snack bars

July 3, 2013

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on June 27 that under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) new “Smart Snacks in School” nutrition standards, America’s students will be offered healthier food options during the school day. “Nothing is more important than the health and well-being of our children,” said Secretary Vilsack. “Parents and schools work hard […]

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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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