This paper examines the effect of an intervention to provide caloric information about sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) on the number of SSBs purchased by Black adolescents. The intervention randomly assigned urban corner stores in Baltimore City, Maryland to the following calorie information conditions which were posted on the beverage cases: 1) absolute caloric count, 2) percentage of total recommended daily intake, and 3) physical activity equivalent (i.e., minutes of jogging necessary to burn off a bottle of soda or fruit juice). While researchers found that providing Black adolescents with any caloric information significantly reduced the odds of SSB purchases, they found that providing relative caloric information in the form of a physical activity equivalent was associated with the largest reduction in SSB purchases.
Published: February 2012
ID #: 66955
Journal: Am J Public Health
Authors: Bleich SN, Herring BJ, Flagg DD, Gary-Webb TL
Race/Ethnicity: African American or Black
Resource Type: Journal Article
Examining the Effect of Providing Lower Income Black Adolescents with Caloric Information on their Sugar-Sweetened Beverage (SSB) PurchasesNo prior interventions have focused exclusively on reducing purchases of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) in real-world settings among black adolescents. Providing easily understandable caloric information may be a low-cost, sustainable strategy for lowering overall caloric intake. In this study, investigators will examine the effects of a store-based, environmental intervention targeting black adolescents in Baltimore City which More