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New school meal standards increase fruit, vegetable consumption

from Healio

Changes to school meal standards implemented in the 2012 to 2013 school year were shown to encourage increased intake of fruits and vegetables and improved overall dietary choices by children in urban, low-income schools, according to researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health and Project Bread. The ongoing Project Modifying Eating and Lifestyles at School study of school meals and menu choices made by students was underway when new federal school meal standards were implemented at the beginning of the 2012 to 2013 school year, providing an environment to compare pre- and post-implementation cafeteria dietary habits. more


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