Healthy Living

Mar 4, 2014 6:28 AM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Standards requiring healthier food in schools are working

New government standards that require schools to offer healthier meals have significantly boosted fruit and vegetable consumption.

In 2012, the USDA required schools to use more whole grains, reduce calories, and provide more fruits and vegetables.

Researchers monitored cafeterias in four low-income schools to see if the changes helped kids make healthier choices.

Researchers found fruit consumption rose 23 percent, and vegetable consumption went up 16 percent.

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