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 schools with technical assistance to help them bring their marketing environments to conform to federal competitive food regulations. Data were collected from each school at baseline, pre-intervention, and post-intervention. The completed pre-intervention surveys were used to inform the improvement process at each school, and revealed noncompliant marketing in all three schools pre-intervention. The research team worked with school administrators and wellness committees to create a feasible marketing removal action plan addressing the marketing found in the assessment and gaps between the existing environment and adherence to new guidelines. Noncompliant marketing was inexpensively removed using a variety of methods, and with assistance from product distributors and the Portland public health department.
Investigating How to Align Schools’ Marketing Environments With Federal Standards for Competitive Foods
Little is known about school-based digital marketing and how to help schools comply with model policies given new competitive food standards. The specific aims of this study are to: 1) assess the different forms of digital food and beverage marketing that may occur in school settings; 2) assess whether school … More
Improving Access to Free School Meals: Addressing Intersections Between Universal Free School Meal Approaches and Educational Funding
Free and reduced price meal application data are used to allocate billions of dollars annually in education funding. However, schools serving universal free meals under the Community Eligibility Provision meal service option or USDA’s COVID-19 waivers do not typically collect school meal applications. The loss of this data has caused … More
Schools play a vital role in promoting children’s health and well-being. In the United States, schools contribute significantly to children’s overall diet quality and can provide up to half of their daily calories, especially among children from low-income families. Providing healthy school meals for all is a policy opportunity to … More