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Mothers of Elementary School-Age Children

The following content supports messages on availability and accessibility of fruits and vegetables and offers mothers additional tips, strategies, and encouragement to facilitate behavior change.

Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance

Messages for Preschool Moms

There are 7 core messages for mothers of preschoolers. These messages address: role modeling eating fruits and vegetables, cooking and eating together, letting kids serve them-selves, and offering new foods.

Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance

Messages for Mothers of Elementary School- Aged Children

There are four core messages for mothers of elementary school-aged children. These messages address: accessibility/availability of fruits and vegetables and increasing consumption of fat-free and low-fat milk and milk products.

Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance

Messages for 8-10 Year-Old Children

There are five core messages for 8-10 year old children. These messages address: food preferences, beliefs and asking behaviors.

Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance

Mothers of Preschoolers on Cooking and Eating Together

Content  supports messages on role modeling and offers mothers additional tips, strategies, and encouragement to facilitate behavior change.

Resource | Research

Increasing Fruit and Vegetable Consumption through the USDA Nutrition Assistance Programs

This report summarizes the actions and initiatives implemented since 2002 to increase fruit and vegetable consumption among participants in the nutrition assistance programs. The following areas addressed are policy, guidance, and initiatives, programs, nutrition education and promotion, collaboration and coordination, grants, reports, and emerging initiatives and resources.

Resource | Research | Nutrition Education

Nutrition Education: Principles of Sound Impact Evaluation

FNS is frequently asked, by a variety of nutrition education partners, how it defines a sound impact evaluation. The principles introduced here describe the characteristics of strong impact assessments of nutrition education. They are also consistent with the Government and Performance Results Act and the Office of Management and Budget’s guidance for clear demonstration of program effects.

Resource | Research | Food Security

Obesity, Poverty, and Participation in Nutrition Assistance Programs

The national nutrition safety net consists of 15 programs that provide millions of low-income Americans access to a healthy and nutritious diet. It has been observed that many low-income individuals are both overweight and participants in one or more nutrition assistance programs. This has led some to question whether participation in the nutrition assistance programs contributes to the growing problem of overweight and obesity. This report presents the conclusions of an expert panel convened by the Food and Nutrition Service to determine if there is scientific evidence of a relationship between program participation and excess weight.

Resource | Research | Nutrition Education

Promoting Healthy Eating: An Investment In the Future

This report fulfills a Congressional request for the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to report on "a comprehensive, integrated approach to nutrition education as a complement to the various nutrition assistance programs." FNS reviewed its current nutrition education efforts, and consulted with a wide range of nutrition education experts and stakeholders.