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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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