Cleaner Plate Club: Kids Eat More Fruits, Veggies at School

March 4, 2014 1:15 PM

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Cleaner Plate Club: Kids Eat More Fruits, Veggies at School

Empty plates and half-eaten scraps on thousands of cafeteria trays offer the first tangible evidence that new federal standards on school meals are sprouting healthier eating habits, a new study claims.

Based on before-and-after inspections of more than 1,000 trays at four schools in an “urban, low-income” district, students chose 23 percent more fruits and consumed 16 percent more vegetables after the U.S. Department of Agriculture updated its rules in 2012, researchers from the Harvard School of ...

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