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Can a Simple Lesson Really Persuade Kids to Finish Their Broccoli?

December 26, 2013
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Can a Simple Lesson Really Persuade Kids to Finish Their Broccoli?
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A study shows nutrition education works.

Kids don’t always take home the lessons they learn in school, but a new study found that low-income kids are improving their eating habits in response to several nutrition education programs. The study evaluated groups of families from three different states who participate in SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and found that certain nutrition education programs were effective in getting those kids to increase their fruit and vegetable consumption. The programs that worked best included lessons in school combined with take-home exercises designed to involve parents in figuring out how to work healthy, fresh foods into the family budget.

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