This article finds that mobile food vendors contribute to after-school snacking among children, and should be considered part of the school food environment. Based on data collected in Oakland, CA in the spring of 2008, researchers found a wide variety of vendors near schools. They include vendors who sell low-nutrient, calorie-dense items, such as ice cream and candy, and those who sell nutritious items, such as whole and processed (cut and bagged) fruits and vegetables. Forty percent of the whole and processed fruits and vegetables sold by vendors were consumed by children.
Published: January 2010
ID #: 63049
Journal: Am J Prev Med
Authors: Tester JM, Yen IH, Laraia B
Resource Type: Journal Article
Healthy Food Availability and Participation in WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children) in Food Stores Around Lower- and Higher-Income Elementary SchoolsThis paper examines the range of food outlets around lower- and higher-income urban schools and compares the availability of healthy food items in those stores. It also examines whether stores accepting vouchers for WIC, a federal program for improving health and nutrition of lower-income mothers and their children, have more healthy items available than stores More