This study evaluated the effects of two meal service strategies on intake of fruits and vegetables of preschool children: 1) serving fruits and vegetables in advance of other menu items as part of traditional family style meal service; and 2) serving meals portioned and plated by providers. Researchers found that fruit consumption and intake of some nutrients found in fruits were modestly higher when fruits and vegetables were served first rather than in tandem with other menu items. Vegetable intake was not found to be significantly higher during the fruit- and vegetable-first serving strategy. In contrast, fruit and vegetable intakes were significantly lower and energy intake significantly higher during the provider-portioned serving strategy.
Published: April 2012
ID #: 65070
Journal: Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act
Authors: Harnack LJ, Oakes JM, French SA, Rydell SA, Farah FM, Taylor GL
State Agency Perspectives on Successes and Challenges of Administering the Child and Adult Care Food ProgramThe federal Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) improves nutrition and reduces food insecurity for young children while helping cover food costs for care providers and families. Despite its important benefits, the program is underutilized. This report uses qualitative interviews with state CACFP administrators representing 28 states to explore federal and state policies and practices that support or discourage CACFP participation among licensed child More