Analysis of the impact of state nutrition policy change on student lunch selection and sales

In 2004, Texas implemented the Texas Public School Nutrition Policy, which restricted high-fat/high-sugar foods, portion size, fried foods, and competitive foods statewide. This state policy was intended to affect student selection of meals offered through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and at school snack bars. In 2005, Baylor College of Medicine was awarded a grant to collect data before and after the implementation of this policy from a sample of large and small schools in various districts throughout Texas. Daily production records were collected for the NSLP foods served and snack bar items sold for the 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 school years, in addition to school demographic characteristics. This grant provides support to code and analyze the collected data using a time series intervention analysis to assess changes in foods served and sold before and after the policy change. Data will be coded for sales and selections of fruit, 100 percent fruit juice, vegetables, and low-fat milk. Energy content of the snack bar sales will also be calculated per student per day. The project deliverable will be a written report, summarizing potential changes in selection and purchasing patterns between the two years. This project is in alignment with the Foundation's Childhood Obesity strategic objective to evaluate the impact of state policies on school food environments.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $50,119.00

Awarded on: 3/31/2006

Time frame: 5/15/2006 - 5/14/2007

Grant Number: 56756


Baylor College of Medicine

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Karen W. Cullen
Project Director