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Make Healthful Snacks Available To Students, And Their Diets Will Improve

November 13, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Students offered healthful, nutritious snacks in school – whether in vending machines or a la carte – tend to improve their overall dietary intake, according to new research. Michigan State University scientists tested standards similar to the USDA’s new Smart Snacks requirements scheduled to take effect in the summer of 2014. They found that schools that offered healthful snacks at lunchtime boosted students' overall daily consumption of fruit by 26 percent, vegetables by 14 percent and whole grains by 30 percent. Students also increased their consumption of fiber, calcium, and vitamins A and C.
Katherine Alaimo et al., "Effects of Changes in Lunch-Time Competitive Foods, Nutrition Practices, and Nutrition Policies on Low-Income Middle-School Children's Diets", Childhood Obesity, November 13, 2013, © Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
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