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More Fruits and Veggies, Please!

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A recent study found that schools in Arkansas that provided free fruits and vegetables to public schoolchildren saw a decrease in childhood obesity rates. A recent study found that schools in Arkansas that provided free fruits and vegetables to public schoolchildren saw a decrease in childhood obesity rates. 

The researchers looked at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP), established by Congress in 2002. The program is meant to increase fruit and vegetable consumption by low-income student bodies by providing schools with $50 and $75 per child per year to offer free fruits and vegetables for between-meal snacks.

Through two different analyses, difference-in-difference and synthetic control, the researchers came to the same conclusion –  in Arkansas the FFVP program produced meaningful reductions in obesity rate (3%), overweight rate (1.8%), and average BMI z-score (0.085 standard deviations).

Qian et al., Appl Econ Perspect Pol, 2015

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