Thursday, April 28, 2016
KIDS ARE EATING HEALTHY SCHOOL LUNCHES
Schools can serve healthy lunches, but whether kids will eat them is a question that has been asked often since 2012-13, when updated national nutrition standards led districts across the United States to raise the nutritional quality of their meals. Multiple studies comparing students’ eating habits before and after these changes show that the answer is clearly yes. For example, researchers from UConn’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity weighed and photographed lunches served to children at 12 Connecticut schools. Compared with 2012, the amount of their entrees that children ate increased by nearly 13 percentage points in 2013, and 18 percentage points of their vegetables by 2014. Food waste declined as a result. The researchers also found that greater variety led to healthier choices. Each additional fruit option offered was associated with a 9.3% increase in fruit servings selected by students.
Source: Pew Charitable Trust, 4/14/16, School Lunches