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Children's Consuption of Fruits and Vegetables: Do School Environment and Policies Affect Choices at School and Away from School?

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  • Ariun Ishdorj
  • Mary Kay Crepinsek
  • Helen H. Jensen

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School environment and policies may affect children's ability to make healthy food choices both at and away from school. Using data from the third School Nutrition Dietary Assessment Study conducted in 2005 we estimate the effect of environment and policies on children's fruit and vegetable intakes. We use an instrumental variable approach to control for the endogeneity of participation in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). On an average school day, school lunch participants consume more fruits and vegetables, including relatively more at school and less away from school compared to nonparticipants. Meal policies had little effect on NSLP participation itself. Policies that restrict high fat milks or desserts and restrict the sale of competitive foods are associated with greater fruit and/or vegetable intake at school; some policies affected consumption at home as well. Copyright 2013, Oxford University Press.

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Paper provided by Mathematica Policy Research in its series Mathematica Policy Research Reports with number 7906.

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Date of creation: 30 Jun 2013
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Handle: RePEc:mpr:mprres:7906

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Keywords: Censoring; Endogeneity; Food Assistance; Fruits and Vegetables; National School Lunch Program;

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  1. Ogundari, Kolawole & Arifalo, Sadiat Funmilayo, 0. "Determinants of Household Demand for Fresh Fruit and Vegetable in Nigeria: A Double Hurdle Approach," Quarterly Journal of International Agriculture, Humboldt-Universit├Ąt zu Berlin, vol. 52.

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