Researchers and advocates have drawn attention to the public health consequences of mass incarceration and its contribution to racial health disparities in the United States. The conditions within juvenile justice facilities may influence long-term health outcomes for African-American, Latino, and Native American populations, who are more likely than white youth to be placed in these institutional settings. Although there are potential health equity implications for improving the food available in juvenile justice settings, limited research is available on the factors shaping these food environments and their potential public health outcomes. This study, conducted by researchers at ChangeLab Solutions, with support from Healthy Eating Research, is an important first step in understanding the food environments of juvenile justice facilities and the policy levers to improve it. The brief describes the four main components of juvenile justice food environments, and the policies and regulations that shape them at the federal, state, and local level.
Leveraging Juvenile Justice Food Environments to Advance Health Equity
This research brief summarizes findings from an exploratory study of a diverse sample of juvenile justice residential facilities in North Carolina conducted by RTI International. The study examined food service operations, agency and facility level policies and practices pertaining to nutrition, participation in federal school nutrition programs, and additional food … More
How Much Can Product Reformulation Improve Diet Quality in Households with Children and Adolescents?
Improvements in the healthfulness of packaged foods and beverages through reformulation could help reduce the prevalence of obesity among children and adolescents through improved diet quality. This study assessed changes in calories and four nutrients (saturated fat, total sugars, sodium, and dietary fiber) from 2012 through 2014 for packaged products … More