he U.S. Department of Agriculture will spend $9 million to expand the Fruit and Vegetable Pilot Program (FVPP) in the 2004 school year. The program is designed to get children to eat fruits and vegetables.
The program was born of a concern about childhood obesity. Two-thirds of all adults are overweight, and childhood obesity is on the rise. Increasing childhood obesity will lead to an epidemic of high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and cancer when these children reach adulthood.
The FVPP program provides fruit and vegetables for school children (ages 11-13). The pilot program has been very successful, with 92% of the healthy snacks being consumed, much to the surprise of administrators and faculty. Kids will eat vegetables when given a chance.