Evaluating the impact of point-of-purchase nutrition information at chain restaurants

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.In March 2008, the King County Board of Health approved the second restaurant nutrition information regulation in the nation, requiring chain restaurants to provide information on calories, saturated fats, carbohydrates, and sodium on menus and calories on menu boards by January 1, 2009, and allowing for specified methods "equivalent" to menu board or menu labels. The regulation provides the opportunity to evaluate a replicable healthy eating policy through a natural experiment. Thus, the primary aim of this project is to assess the impact of point-of-purchase nutrition information at chain restaurants on awareness of nutrition information, nutrition knowledge, use of nutrition information, and food choices of customers. Secondary aims include: (1) examining differences in outcomes by demographic characteristics, neighborhood characteristics, method of providing nutrition information, and type of restaurant; and (2) assessing changes in nutritional values of menu items.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $400,000.00

Awarded on: 10/21/2008

Time frame: 10/15/2008 - 12/31/2010

Grant Number: 65233


Seattle-King County Department of Public Health

401 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1300
Seattle, 98104-1823


James Krieger
Project Director