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Children's Consumption of Fruits and Vegetables: Do School Environment and Policies Affect Choice At School and Away from School?

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

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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.
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  • Ishdorj, Ariun & Crepinsek, Mary Kay & Jensen, Helen H., 2013. "Children's Consumption of Fruits and Vegetables: Do School Environment and Policies Affect Choice At School and Away from School?," Staff General Research Papers Archive 36020, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.
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    1. Chen, Danhong & Thomsen, Michael & Nayga, Rodolfo & Park, Sangsoo & Bennett, Judy, 2016. "Evaluating the Impact of Participation in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program on Childhood Obesity Using Synthetic Difference-in-Difference Method," 2016 Annual Meeting, July 31-August 2, 2016, Boston, Massachusetts 236072, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
    2. 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-Universität zu Berlin, vol. 52.

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    Keywords

    National School Lunch Program; Food assistance; fruits and vegetables; endogeneity; censoring;

    JEL classification:

    • I28 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Government Policy
    • I38 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs
    • Q18 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Policy; Food Policy

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