Evaluating the Long-Term Impact on Obesity and Nutrition of Menu Labeling in Schools
The quality and impact of school meal programs could be improved by menu labeling policies, but there is little research about nutrition labeling in schools. This project will utilize existing data as well as ongoing data collection to study the nutritional quality of foods selected by students in a diverse urban school district in Washington state over three years of changes in menu labeling. This prospective longitudinal quasi-experimental study will examine the effects of menu labeling and supplemental comprehensive school-wide educational campaigns over time. Specific project aims are to: 1) measure the long-term impact of menu labeling in schools, and 2) advance understanding of factors associated with the impact and sustainability of school menu labeling and menu labeling education.
The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA), which took effect at the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year, updated the meal patterns and nutrition standards for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP) to align with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. This study assessed changes … 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
The goal of this study was to determine how to improve school marketing environments so that they align with new federal competitive food standards. The research team assessed the food marketing environments in three schools in Portland, Maine, using the food and beverage marketing in schools (FMBS) survey, and provided … More