School Snacks and Drinks
The foods and beverages schools offer outside of meal programs are often called competitive foods because they compete with school meals for students' spending.
More than half of the students in this Philadelphia study shopped at corner stores once daily, five days per week. Chips, candy, and sugary drinks were the most frequently purchased items.
Over nearly the past 30 years, U.S. children and adolescents have dramatically increased their consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, including soda, fruit drinks and punches, and sports drinks.
Teenagers purchased fewer sodas and other sugar-sweetened beverages after seeing calorie information on signs posted in convenience stores.
In the middle of a national obesity epidemic, many sports drinks sold in the United States contain high amounts of sugar, adding more calories to youths’ diets.
A poll reveals that many parents face a variety of barriers to helping their children lead healthy lives, especially during the "crunch time" from 3 p.m. to bedtime.
June 1, 2013 | Journal Article
This study looked at the nutritional quality of menu offerings at eight fast-food restaurant chains over 14 years.
June 1, 2013 | Report
Key findings from this review show that there is a high degree of public support for providing nutrition information at the point of purchase, and menu labeling in cafeterias and restaurants increases consumers’ awareness of nutritional information.
August 1, 2012 | Journal Article
A Randomized Controlled Trial assesses participants’ ability to understand different front-of-package nutrition labeling systems.
May 24, 2012 | Journal Article
A frutero vendor selling snack bags of cut-up fresh fruits and vegetables outside an elementary school sold an increasing number of these snacks over time, while the number of area vendors selling less nutritious snacks decreased.
May 1, 2012 | Journal Article
In 2009, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) began to include fruit and vegetables, whole grains and 2 percent milk. Residents in two Philadelphia neighborhoods found better access to healthful food following these changes.
July 26, 2011 | Journal Article
This article used the implementation of calorie labeling in fast food restaurants to show that while calorie labeling was associated with a reduction in calories purchased at some major chains, overall, the average number of calories purchased did not change in fast food restaurants.
August 1, 2009 | Chart
November 2006 - August 2009
July 14, 2010 | Journal Article
Studies are inconclusive whether increased fruit and vegetable consumption alone can reduce obesity.
April 1, 2009 | Journal Article
This article examines challenges of measurement in the field of food environment research. This relatively young field has not yet fully addressed psychometric measurement issues, the interaction of social, individual, and environmental factors, and the large scale of data produced from food environment studies.
August 1, 2009 | Survey/Poll