HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
School lunch options crowd out fruits and vegetables

Children in middle schools with a la carte dining eat fewer fruits and vegetables and more fat than children in schools that do not offer that option, according to a new study.

Middle schoolers without a la carte options ate nearly an entire extra daily serving of fruits and vegetables and stayed within the U.S. Department of Agriculture's guidelines for total daily fat consumption, according to Martha Y. Kubik, Ph.D., of the University of Minnesota and colleagues.

"Our results suggest that the primarily high-fat snacks and calorie-dense beverages offered and sold to students via a la carte programs are displacing fruits and vegetables in the diets of young teens," Kubik and colleagues say.

Campus snack vending machines can also make a difference in daily fruit consumption, the researchers found. For each snack vending machine present in the schools, students' average daily fruit consumption dropped by 11 percent.

An increasing number of schools are offering a la carte and vending options along with more traditional lunches, according to Kubik and colleagues, who note that the school environment can have a powerful influence on students' eating behaviors.

"Interestingly, this metamorphosis in the school environment has occurred during a time when deliberate national effort has been expended to improve the nutritional health of the U.S. population," Kubik and colleagues say.

The researchers collected information on the lunch options and eating habits of seventh-grade students at 16 schools in the St. Paul-Minneapolis area. Thirteen of the schools had a la carte programs and seven schools had snack vending machines that could be used by students.

Kubik and colleagues also examined the nutritional content of the foods that were sold through each of these venues, separating them into high-fat and lower-fat groups.

In the 13 a la carte programs, 84 percent of the foods offered and 93 percent of the foods sol
'"/>

Contact: Marti Kubik
kubik002@umn.edu
612-625-0606
Center for the Advancement of Health
30-Jun-2003


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Mailman School of Public Health receives Manhattan Tobacco Cessation Center grant
2. Philanthropist Paul F. Glenn launches labs for aging research at Harvard Medical School
3. School-based smoking prevention programs ineffective
4. Mailman School of Public Health researchers develop infectious disease diagnostic tool
5. Dartmouth Medical School receives $1.6 million in AIDS funding
6. Three-year health study of teenage girls is underway at Trenton Central High School
7. IU Medical School poised to host global HIV/AIDS conference
8. High fiber intake reduces estrogen levels in Latina women, say Keck School of Medicine researchers
9. Research news from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University
10. $25 million funds health promotion studies at UT School of Public Health
11. University of Maryland School of Medicine scientist receives prestigious presidential award

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: School lunch options crowd out fruits and vegetables

(Date:8/28/2015)... Boynton Beach, FL. (PRWEB) , ... August 28, ... ... creating problems for businesses nationwide. Addictions specialist, Dr. James Strawbridge, gives a new ... Strawbridge believes that it should begin with the employer and employees getting together ...
(Date:8/28/2015)... ... 28, 2015 , ... The Nashville Business Journal recently announced ... business. Mr. Troy Mizell, Chairman of the Board at MyGenetx, is one ... Veterans Awards will recognize Nashville military veterans who, through their professional and personal ...
(Date:8/28/2015)... ... August 28, 2015 , ... Dr. Gregory K. Toumayan, D.C., Q.M.E., is now ... shoulder pain, hip pain, neck pain, stiffness, muscle spasms, and numbness. ... of Illinois, and then went on to earn his title of Doctor of Chiropractic ...
(Date:8/28/2015)... ... August 28, 2015 , ... The Quatela Center for Plastic ... the first and only nonsurgical product approved by the Food and Drug Administration to ... and Dr. William Koenig are among the premier cosmetic surgeons in ...
(Date:8/28/2015)... ... ... Mendon, IL, home of the Adams County Fairgrounds, was treated once again ... cause. In its second year, the “Music With A Mission” benefit concert was held ... of “Music With A Mission” is to raise money to help fund music education ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:MyGenetx Board Member Receives Veterans Award 2Health News:Healthpointe Welcomes Dr. Gregory K. Toumayan, Chiropractor, to Colton, Temecula, and Perris 2Health News:Healthpointe Welcomes Dr. Gregory K. Toumayan, Chiropractor, to Colton, Temecula, and Perris 3Health News:Non-surgical Treatment to Get Rid of The "Double Chin," Kybella™, Now Available at the Quatela Center for Plastic Surgery 2Health News:Non-surgical Treatment to Get Rid of The "Double Chin," Kybella™, Now Available at the Quatela Center for Plastic Surgery 3Health News:Best Drug Rehabilitation Sponsors "Music With A Mission" Concert Featuring Avenue Beat 2
(Date:8/28/2015)... N.J. , Aug. 28, 2015  IP Shakti, LLC, ... LLC. ... "Our new corporate identity signifies our transformation ... world,s first predictive analytics platform for patent claim validity." ... the launch of the proprietary AIA Shield™ platform, the Company ...
(Date:8/28/2015)... PITTSBURGH , Aug. 28, 2015  Mylan ... its shareholders have approved Mylan,s proposed acquisition of ... and the related issuance of Mylan ordinary shares ... of shareholders held today. The transaction received the ... general meeting. In addition, the transaction received support ...
(Date:8/28/2015)... , August 28, 2015 Insights- ... seamlessly connects people, technologies and care protoc ols across ... and the cost of healthcare delivery   ... presence at  ESC Congress 2015 , where the company is ... EchoNavigator and IntelliSpace Cardiovascular, that connect people and technology with ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:IP Shakti, LLC Changes Company Name to Prediqtus, LLC 2Mylan Shareholders Overwhelmingly Approve Proposed Acquisition of Perrigo 2Mylan Shareholders Overwhelmingly Approve Proposed Acquisition of Perrigo 3Mylan Shareholders Overwhelmingly Approve Proposed Acquisition of Perrigo 4Mylan Shareholders Overwhelmingly Approve Proposed Acquisition of Perrigo 5Mylan Shareholders Overwhelmingly Approve Proposed Acquisition of Perrigo 6Mylan Shareholders Overwhelmingly Approve Proposed Acquisition of Perrigo 7Mylan Shareholders Overwhelmingly Approve Proposed Acquisition of Perrigo 8Mylan Shareholders Overwhelmingly Approve Proposed Acquisition of Perrigo 9Philips Showcases New Integrated Cardiology Solutions to Advance Minimally Invasive Procedures at ESC Congress 2015 2Philips Showcases New Integrated Cardiology Solutions to Advance Minimally Invasive Procedures at ESC Congress 2015 3Philips Showcases New Integrated Cardiology Solutions to Advance Minimally Invasive Procedures at ESC Congress 2015 4
Cached News: