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Evaluating the Impact of Emergency Food Benefits in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic on Supermarket Purchases among Families with Children

SNAP and WIC benefits increased in 2020-2021 to combat food insecurity due to COVID-19. Understanding these policies’ impact on household food purchase quality is crucial to guide future recommendations for these nutrition assistance programs. This study aims to assess the effect of changes to SNAP and WIC benefits implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic on the More

Date: June 2023

Resource Type: Grant Summary

Focus Areas: Nutrition Policy & Programs

Evaluating the implementation and impact of a healthier checkout programme at a regional convenience store chain

This study aimed to test the feasibility of implementing and evaluating a healthier checkout pilot study in a convenience store chain in New Hampshire. A quasi-experimental study was conducted comparing a 3-month ‘healthier checkouts’ intervention in ten convenience stores which stocked eight healthier items in the checkout space and ten comparison stores assigned to continue More

Keywords: Corner store

Date: August 2021

Resource Type: Journal Article

Focus Areas: Food Retail

Children’s Recall of Fast Food Television Advertising—Testing the Adequacy of Food Marketing Regulation

There is increasing concern that food advertising shapes the way children eat and contributes to childhood obesity. The fast food companies McDonald’s and Burger King participate in industry self-regulation, pledging to not engage in deceptive marketing and to market foods and beverages that meet certain nutritional criteria in children’s advertising. This study gauged the net More

Date: March 2015

Resource Type: Journal Article

Focus Areas: Food Marketing

Children’s Reaction to Depictions of Healthy Foods in Fast-Food Television Advertisements

This paper examines how young children interpret depictions of healthy foods (milk and apples) in television advertisements by McDonalds’s and Burger King aired from July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011. A sample of 99 children ages 3 to 7 were shown two still images drawn from advertisements for healthy meals at McDonald’s and Burger More

Date: March 2014

Resource Type: Journal Article

Focus Areas: Food Marketing

Variation in Access to Sugar-Sweetened Beverages in Vending Machines Across Rural, Town and Urban High Schools

This paper examines the variation in high school student access to sugar-sweetened beverages through vending machines by geographic location (urban, town, or rural) in 26 schools in New Hampshire and Vermont. Advertisements on school vending machines were also compared. Researchers found that sugar-sweetened beverages were widely available in school vending machines, appearing and advertised most More

Date: May 2013

Resource Type: Journal Article

Focus Areas: Beverages Food Marketing School & After School

Studying How Children Themselves Perceive Advertising on Television for Kids Meals

Some legal scholars suggest that kids’ meal advertising constitutes false advertising because of its emphasis on toy premiums and movie tie-ins rather than food. Yet no one has assessed how the target population perceives such advertising. This study examines whether the emphasis on toy premiums and tie-ins in such ads misleads children to primarily associate More

Date: November 2011

Resource Type: Grant Summary

Focus Areas: Food Marketing

Assessing the Impact of School Vending Machine Policies on Rural Adolescent Beverage Consumption

The goal of this study is to analyze the impact of school vending machine policies on adolescent beverage consumption in predominantly rural high schools across New Hampshire and Vermont. Using data from an ongoing study, this project will specifically seek to compare school beverage vending machine guidelines, restrictions, implementation, and content; and to evaluate the More

Date: September 2007

Resource Type: Grant Summary

Focus Areas: Beverages Food Marketing School & After School