The objective of this study was to describe where students from lower-income, ethnically diverse communities obtain the sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) they drink during school lunchtime and to examine whether students who purchase beverages while traveling to and from school are more likely to drink SSBs during lunchtime. This cross-sectional study used survey data from 597 students in 12 middle schools in the San Francisco Bay Area who participated in a larger school-based intervention promoting water access and intake. Students answered questions about what beverages they consumed during lunchtime, whether and from where they purchase beverages on the way to and from school, and their socio-demographic characteristics. One-fifth (20.4%) of students reported drinking an SSB during lunch. The most popular SSBs consumed were sugary fruit drinks, sports drinks, and soda. Approximately 23 percent of SSBs consumed at school were obtained during the school commute, 23 percent were obtained from a friend at school, and 34 percent were brought from home. Students buying beverages most often stopped at convenience/corner stores (71.8%), grocery stores (41.5%), and fast-food restaurants (15.9%). Students who reported buying beverages during their school commute were significantly more likely to report drinking SSBs during lunch than students who did not.
Association Between Student Purchases of Beverages During the School Commute and In‑School Consumption of Sugar‑Sweetened Beverages, San Francisco Bay Area, 2013
A Trial of the Efficacy and Cost of Water Delivery Systems in San Francisco Bay Area Middle Schools, 2013
This study aimed to examine the efficacy and cost of two water delivery systems—water dispensers with cups and water coolers with cups—in increasing students’ lunchtime intake of water in lower-income middle schools. Twelve middle schools in the San Francisco Bay Area participated in a cluster randomized control trial in which … More
Water Works: A Guide to Improving Water Access and Consumption in Schools to Improve Health and Support Learning
The Water Works implementation guide can help interested individuals work with schools and community partners to increase access to free, high-quality drinking water sources in their schools. It provides a comprehensive description on how to start a school water program, including how to: 1) build a team and gather support … More
Federal and California state legislation requires schools to provide free drinking water where school lunches are served, yet many schools in California do not provide free water in school food service areas (FSAs). When water is provided, it is usually provided via fountains which may be unappealing to students, and … More