Federal Subsidies Promote Healthy Eating in Child Care Centers
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
“One of the main differences we found is that most non-CACFP centers were not providing low-fat or skim milk, as required by CACFP, so saturated fat intake among preschoolers attending these centers was higher than in CACFP centers,” says Tatiana Andreyeva, director of economic initiatives for the UConn Rudd Center, associate professor of agricultural and resource economics, and lead author of the study. “It’s an easy switch from whole or reduced-fat milk to low-fat milk because the cost is typically the same. This would make a difference nutritionally, and help ensure compliance with state licensing regulations.” Another important difference was that the CACFP centers were more likely to provide both a fruit and a vegetable at lunch, although consumption of fruit and vegetables was low across all centers.