Fruits and Vegetables More Popular After Recess

January 17, 2015 5:14 AM

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Fruits and Vegetables More Popular After Recess

Fruits and vegetables do not hold a candle to the allure of playtime, but a recent study scheduled to be released in the February issue of Preventive Magazine, discovered that healthier choices are more popular when children have school lunch after recess. Although federal school lunch guidelines dictate fruits and vegetables as part of the menu, many schools have trouble enforcing the rule with children anxious to get outside to play. More choices and healthy eating rewards have been only partially successful in teaching the younger generation good eating habits. The new study, conducted in conjunction with Brigham Young University (BYU) and Cornell University (CU), suggests a common sense scheduling answer that does not involve increasing the already overstretched school budgets.

Associate economics professor, Joe Price at BYU and Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs’ director David Just looked at the menu choices of children at several schools in Orem, Utah, some that held lunch before recess and some after to compare the children’s food consu...

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