Start Date: June 2006

ID #: 57936

Principal Investigator: Marice Ashe, JD, MPH

Organization: Public Health Institute, Public Health Law Program

Funding Round: Round 1

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Nutrition advocates and school administrators will be more successful in their efforts to improve the foods and beverages sold and advertised on school campuses if they are familiar with – and know how to apply strategically – basic principles of contract law, public procurement rules, and the fundamentals of the free speech clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution. The specific aim of this project is to undertake comprehensive legal research in the areas of contracts, public procurement, and constitutional law in order to create resources for immediate use such as school wellness policies. This research will give nutrition advocates access to information and practical tools to both implement and enforce the policies at their school site.

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