Developing Policy Recommendations for Safe Drinking Water Procurement in Schools and Child-Care Centers
The purpose of this project is to put safe drinking water in schools and child-care centers on par with other foods and beverages regulated by nutrition policies. The study will compile drinking water policies for schools and child-care centers in 20 states, use what has been learned by the healthy food and beverage procurement movement to address the supply-side factors that impact safe and appealing drinking water, and develop policy recommendations needed to facilitate safe drinking water procurement and establish routine monitoring and universal access in schools and child-care centers. The study will use the policy framework identified by the Environmental Law Institute for water quality in child care as a starting point and expand it to include facilities standards and nutrition requirements for water. The research team will develop a comprehensive legal research protocol containing a policy matrix, key search terms, and policy sources, using existing state policy datasets, state materials available on government websites, and the Westlaw legal database. Deliverables will include 20 individual state profiles and a policy brief that summarizes state findings and makes policy recommendations.
U.S. states have introduced bills requiring sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) to display health warning labels. This study examined how warning labels influence parents and which labels are most effective. Over 2,000 demographically and educationally diverse parents of children ages 6 to 11 participated in an online survey. Parents were randomized to … More
The marketing of unhealthy foods to children and youth is a major public health concern. Children in the United States grow up surrounded by food and beverage marketing, which primarily promotes products with excessive amounts of added sugar, salt, and fat, and inadequate amounts of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. … More
Child care providers are a vital part of healthy, thriving communities. Over half of children between the ages of zero and five spend significant time in non-parental child care. These early years are critical for healthy brain development and establishing the habits that last a lifetime. Laws and policies shape … More