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
Strong nutrition standards for school meals, consistent with evidence-based recommendations, position children for optimal health and wellbeing. Strong science supports the link between lowering sodium intake and better health. This new issue brief from Healthy Eating Research examines the recent history of sodium standards for school meals. It highlights current sodium intake … More
To inform programs and policies that promote health equity, it is essential to monitor the distribution of nutritional problems among young individuals. Common nutritional problems include overall low diet quality, the underconsumption and overconsumption of certain dietary components, unhealthy meal and snack patterns, problematic feeding practices and disordered eating. The … More