Fruit and Vegetable Intake Interventions in School Children The alarming rise in childhood obesity over the last two decades is generally attributed to a lack of exercise and inferior eating habits. Many school-age children, when left to their own decisions, make bad food choices for themselves, frequently eating high-fat, high-calorie foods. Bad food selections lead not only to obesity, they have the potential to contribute to medical problems such as diabetes, and may set the foundation for a lifetime of unhealthy eating habits. To stave off or prevent school-age children from continuing to make undesirable food choices, several interventions have been undertaken over the years to try and change eating behaviors in this population. The...The end:
.....d. Limiting the vegetable to a carrot is ineffective; some children simply do not like carrots. It would have been more demonstrative if the children had been given a variety of vegetables to sample and allowed to self-experiment with personal tastes. References Bere , E. Veier d, M.B., Bjeland , M. & Klepp , K.-I. (2005). Outcome and process evaluation of a Norwegian school-randomized fruit and vegetable intervention: Fruits and vegetables make the marks (FVMM). Health Education Research Theory & Practice 21 (2) 258-267. Gaines, Alisha & Turner, Lori W. (2009). Improving fruit and vegetable intake among children: A review of interventions utilizing the social cognitive theory. California Journal of Health Promotion 7 (1) 52-66.