When a State Changes Nutrition Policy, What's the Effect on Student Food Choices and Sales?
Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine analyzed the impact of changes in state nutrition policy that were designed to restrict high fat/sugar foods, reduce portion sizes and eliminate candy and fried foods in Texas public schools.
Researchers collected data on food sold or served from 49 schools in 11 Texas school districts for 20032004, the school year immediately prior to implementation of the new school nutrition policy, and the first year of implementation of the new policy 20042005.
One year after the nutrition policy went into effect:
- Schools served significantly fewer servings of high-fat vegetables (French fries, which were baked, not fried).
- There was no significant increase in the number of other fruits and vegetables served to students.
- Snack-bar sales of large-size servings of potato chips decreased significantly (almost to zero), while sales of baked chips increased significantly.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) provided an unsolicited grant of $49,941 from December 2004 to August 2005 to support data collection. A second solicited grant of $50,119 supported evaluation of the data from May 2006 to May 2007.
After the Grant
The researchers prepared a paper that they have submitted for publication to a peer-reviewed journal. (See Bibliography.)
GRANT DETAILS & CONTACT INFORMATION
Analysis of the Impact of State Nutrition Policy Change on Student Lunch Selection and Sales
Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, TX)
- Evaluating the Impact of State Nutrition Policy Change on Student Lunch Selection and Sales
Amount: $ 49,941
Dates: December 2004 to August 2005
- Analysis of the Impact of State Nutrition Policy Change on Student Lunch Selection and Sales
Amount: $ 50,119
Dates: May 2006 to May 2007
Karen W. Cullen, Dr.P.H., R.D.
(Current as of date of this report; as provided by grantee organization; not verified by RWJF; items not available from RWJF.)
Cullen KW and Watson KB. "The Impact of the Texas Public School Nutrition Policy on Student Food Selection and Sales." American Journal of Public Health, 99(4): 706712, 2009. Abstract available online.
Report prepared by: Carl A. Taylor
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Program Officer: Laura C. Leviton