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The USDA Providing Free Fruits and Vegetables Pays Off

August 2015

IN THIS ISSUE: According to a recent study from the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, elementary schools across the state of Arkansas that participated in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) experienced a significant drop in obesity rates. Specifically, the study found that obesity rates in schoolchildren declined from 20 percent to 17 percent following the incorporation of the program.

While earlier studies have shown that the program has led to improvements in fruit and vegetable consumption, this is the first to examine the role of FFVP in preventing excess weight gain. Read more here.

 

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Big Changes for SNAP Recipients in New York

August 2015

IN THIS ISSUE: Thanks to the New York governor, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients now have access to healthy, fresh foods year-round as well as financial incentives to make healthier food choices.&n

What Influences Supermarket Decisions? A New Video Helps Explain

July 2015

IN THIS ISSUE: Although shoppers make the ultimate decisions about what foods and beverages to purchase at the supermarket, their choices are influenced by a number of subtle marketing techniques, as illustrated by a new whiteboard lecture c

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The USDA Providing Free Fruits and Vegetables Pays Off

08/13/2015

IN THIS ISSUE: According to a recent study from the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, elementary schools across the state of Arkansas that participated in the U.S.

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Tell Your Transportation Leader: Safe Routes to School Matter!

05/14/2015

Dear Supporter,

Safe Routes to School projects can keep kids safe and healthy. Your state transportation leader has the power to prioritize Safe Routes to School project funding—or to take funding away. 

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