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 influence of the school beverage vending machine environment on adolescent beverage consumption. Investigators will also work with school officials to evaluate how school policy is developed and what impact it has on food and beverage options at school. This project’s target population includes children from 38 predominantly rural schools.
Start Date: September 2007
ID #: 63147
Principal Investigator: Anna Adachi-Mejia, PhD
Organization: Dartmouth College
Funding Round: New Connections Round 1
Resource Type: Grant Summary
Variation in Access to Sugar-Sweetened Beverages in Vending Machines Across Rural, Town and Urban High SchoolsThis 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