Study: Kids Don't Want Veggies, Fruits At School
Students Less Likely To Eat Veggies When They're FreeOkay, I guess they're testing the efficacy of a government program. That's good. Still. Next time, just ask me. I could have told you what you'd find, and I'd have done it for...oh, let's say half the cost.
ATLANTA -- A new government study about young children and vegetables backs up previous research and what most parents know: Vegetables can't compete with other snacks.
The study, sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, showed fifth-graders became less willing to try vegetables and fruits when more were offered as free school snacks. Older kids in the same study upped the amount of fruit they ate, but there was no change in their vegetable consumption.
The study results are somewhat disappointing for champions of getting more fresh produce into school lunchrooms.
The study is one of the first to measure the success of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, a federal initiative providing grants to schools to help them buy more produce and improve the eating habits of U.S. children.