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Participation in the CACFP ensures availability but not intake of nutritious foods at lunch in preschool children in child-care centers


The first aim of this study is to assess whether CACFP-funded child-care centers are meeting the updated CACFP requirements, minimum portion sizes (for fruits, vegetable, grain, meat/meat alternates, and milk) and best practice recommendations for foods and beverages served to preschool-aged children at lunch. Given that CACFP policies are mandated to ensure only the minimum portion size requirements for the children and not the recommended daily intake, the second aim of this study is to compare preschool-aged children’s dietary intake for the five food groups at lunch, which were targeted, updated CACFP requirements (fruits, vegetables, grain, meat/meat alternates, and milk), with age- and sex-specific DGA recommendations. (author abstract)

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United States

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