Cafeteria Observation Study Finds Young Children Often Barely Take Healthy School Food Options


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According to a new study by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, school cafeterias may serve healthy food options but young schoolchildren often barely put it on their trays and eat it.

Led by Susan M. Gross, the study suggests that cafeteria environments influence healthier eating among schoolchildren. The study found that more students ate their vegetables and whole grains when it was quieter in the cafeteria, and when food was cut up into smaller pieces and when lunch periods were longer.

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Federal Programs Related to - Food

Programs that provide access to free or low-cost food products by distributing groceries and providing meals.

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