Fight Childhood Obesity for Free!

Efforts to combat childhood obesity often focus on taking things away: From removing soda machines from school to removing sugar, fat, and processed grains from cafeteria menus, it has been a battle of subtraction. But it turns out that the cheapest, most effective way to slim down America’s youth may be to give them healthy food at school—and make it free.

That may seem like a common-sense approach, but as the entrenched battle of school lunch standards has shown, reducing the amount of unhealthy food kids eat in lunchrooms is no simple matter. According to a new study conducted by researchers at the University of Arkansas, however, giving them free fruits and vegetables is.

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