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Source: The Guide to Community Preventive Services

Last Reviewed: December 2016

The Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) recommends meal interventions and fruit and vegetable snack interventions to provide healthier foods and drinks in schools. These interventions include either policies that ensure school meals meet certain nutrition requirements or programs that provide fresh fruits and vegetables during lunches or snacks — or both of these components. CPSTF found that when these interventions are used, students eat more fruits and vegetables. In addition, CPSTF found that the interventions reduce obesity and overweight and are cost-effective.

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Guide to Community Preventive Services. (2016). Obesity: Meal or Fruit and Vegetable Snack Interventions to Increase Healthier Foods and Beverages Provided by Schools. Retrieved from https://www.thecommunityguide.org/findings/obesity-meal-fruit-vegetable-snack-interventions-increase-healthier-foods-beverages-schools