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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

SELLING KIDS ON VEGETABLES


The same marketing techniques used to convince children to eat junk food are highly effective in promoting fruits and vegetables, a new study has found. Researchers assigned 10 elementary schools to one of four groups. In the first, they posted vinyl banners around the salad bar depicting cartoon vegetable characters with “super powers.” In the second, they showed television cartoons of the characters. The third got both cartoons and banners, and a control group got no intervention. Compared to control schools, TV segments alone produced a statistically insignificant increase in vegetable consumption. But in schools decorated with the banners alone, 90.5% more students took vegetables. And where both the banners and the TV advertisements were used, the number of students taking vegetables increased by 239.2%.
Source: New York Times, 7/5/16, Kids & Vegetables