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Impact Evaluation of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program with Michigan Harvest of the Month in Schools (Grades K-8)

2014 | Download

This report summarizes findings prepared for the Michigan Fitness Foundation and Michigan Department of Education from a quasi-experimental intervention/control study, evaluating the extent to which participation in the Michigan Harvest of the Month and Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program intervention improves FV intake and related psychosocial factors among fourth and fifth grade students attending low-resource public schools in Michigan, compared to students in similar control schools.

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Main Findings

Students who participated in the MiHOTM and FFVP snack intervention reported a non-significant increase in FV consumption of 0.08 times per day more at follow-up than control students, whose intake decreased from baseline to follow-up. For students participating in the MiHOTM and FFVP snack intervention there was a significant increase in peer norms for eating fruit. The MiHOTM and FFVP snack intervention also appeared to improve children’s confidence with respect to preparing fruit with intervention students reporting that they prepared recipes with fruit at home.

 

Conclusions

MiHOTM and FFVP snack intervention had a limited impact on children’s daily FV consumption, but improved peer norms for eating fruit and promoted the preparation of recipes with fruit at home. These findings indicate that MiHOTM and FFVP snack intervention has beneficial impacts on the psychosocial factors that mediate FV intake. More research is needed on strategies for engaging and supporting school staff to deliver effective nutrition education interventions that complement the FFVP snack.