The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) of 2010 sets new nutrition standards for schools, requiring them to serve a greater variety and quantity of fruits and vegetables. Extension educators in New Jersey partnered with school nutrition professionals to implement a school wellness initiative that included taste-testing activities to support schools in achieving the milestones established by the HHFKA. Results indicated that "previewing" foods may influence students' interest in, and acceptance of, new foods, opening up outreach and partnership opportunities for Extension educators to consider when working to promote school wellness.
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Cirignano, S. M., Hughes, L. J., Wu-Jang, C. J., Morgan, K., Grenci, A., & Savoca, L. (2013). Partnering with School Nutrition Professionals to Promote Fruit and Vegetable Intake Through Taste-Testing Activities. The Journal of Extension, 51(6), Article 16. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.51.06.16