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Pilot Program That Taught Nutrition To Grade Schoolers Paid Off, Study Finds

October 19, 2009: 11:46 PM EST
A pilot study that sent registered dietitians into three public elementary schools to teach nutrition showed promising results, according to the American Dietetic Association. For example, thirty-one percent of students in the pilot schools reported eating a vegetable with school lunch, after they had reported not eating a vegetable with school lunch before the study. This compared with 17 percent of students from two control schools. The study was conducted in the Kansas City, Mo., area over a 14-week period among fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students. Several nutrition education programs involving nutrition counseling and physical education games were tested.
"American Dietetic Association Foundation’s Healthy Schools Partnership Shows Positive Results in Influencing Healthful Diet Choices among Grade School Students", American Dietetic Association, October 19, 2009, © American Dietetic Association (ADA)
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