National study of public school food environments and policies and their relationships to diet and obesity among students

The Foundation's program, Healthy Eating Research: Building Evidence to Prevent Childhood Obesity, was designed to support investigator-initiated research to identify and assess environmental and policy influences with the greatest potential to improve healthy eating and weight patterns among the nation's children.The purpose of the study is to: (1) identify school food policy environments and policies (SFEPs) that are most likely to affect students' dietary behaviors and/or weight; and (2) understand how both the existence and impact of SFEPs may vary along socioeconomic and racial/ethnic lines. Results of the analyses will suggest which, if any, SFEPs are likely to affect students' dietary behaviors, caloric intake and/or weight and obesity levels. Data will be from the third School Nutrition Dietary Assessment Survey which provides (spring 2005) data on a nationally representative, cross-sectional sample of public school districts, schools and students. The study involves a nationally representative, multi-racial/ethnic population of K-12 students, approximately 45 percent of whom are eligible for free and reduced-price lunches.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $399,852.00

Awarded on: 6/13/2006

Time frame: 6/15/2006 - 12/14/2008

Grant Number: 57930


Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

600 Alexander Park
P.O. Box 2393
Princeton, 08543-2393


Ronette R. Briefel
Project Director