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Cartoon characters help kids eat healthy foods too | MNN - Mother ...: Want your kids to choose healthier fare?

Cartoon characters help kids eat healthy foods too | MNN - Mother ...: Want your kids to choose healthier fare?

Photo: leviandrachel Flickr.com Want your kids to beg for fruits and veggies rather than fast food and sugary treats? Turns out the same tactics used to get kids interested in junk food can be employed to get them to eat healthy food too. In a new study, published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine , researchers found that children were more likely to eat an apple with their school lunch if it had an Elmo sticker on it. But adding an Elmo decoration to a cookie did not increase the likelihood of children choosing it, the study found. Interesting, right? The theory is that cookies are popular regardless of whether or not their is a cartoon character on the packaging. But apples were not as popular, unless they were adorned with Elmo. For the study, about 200 kids between the ages of 8 and 11 from seven schools were asked if they wanted an apple or a cookie ...

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