March 2009

Grant Results

SUMMARY

Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine analyzed the impact of changes in state nutrition policy that were designed to restrict high fat/sugar foods, reduce portion sizes and eliminate candy and fried foods in Texas public schools.

Researchers collected data on food sold or served from 49 schools in 11 Texas school districts for 2003–2004, the school year immediately prior to implementation of the new school nutrition policy, and the first year of implementation of the new policy — 2004–2005.

Key Findings
One year after the nutrition policy went into effect:

  • Schools served significantly fewer servings of high-fat vegetables (French fries, which were baked, not fried).
  • There was no significant increase in the number of other fruits and vegetables served to students.
  • Snack-bar sales of large-size servings of potato chips decreased significantly (almost to zero), while sales of baked chips increased significantly.

Funding
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) provided an unsolicited grant of $49,941 from December 2004 to August 2005 to support data collection. A second solicited grant of $50,119 supported evaluation of the data from May 2006 to May 2007.

After the Grant
The researchers prepared a paper that they have submitted for publication to a peer-reviewed journal. (See Bibliography.)

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GRANT DETAILS & CONTACT INFORMATION

Project

Analysis of the Impact of State Nutrition Policy Change on Student Lunch Selection and Sales

Grantee

Baylor College of Medicine (Houston,  TX)

  • Evaluating the Impact of State Nutrition Policy Change on Student Lunch Selection and Sales
    Amount: $ 49,941
    Dates: December 2004 to August 2005
    ID#:  051807

  • Analysis of the Impact of State Nutrition Policy Change on Student Lunch Selection and Sales
    Amount: $ 50,119
    Dates: May 2006 to May 2007
    ID#:  056756

Contact

Karen W. Cullen, Dr.P.H., R.D.
(713) 798-6764
kcullen@bcm.tmc.edu

Web Site

http://www.kidsnutrition.org

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BIBLIOGRAPHY

(Current as of date of this report; as provided by grantee organization; not verified by RWJF; items not available from RWJF.)

Articles

Cullen KW and Watson KB. "The Impact of the Texas Public School Nutrition Policy on Student Food Selection and Sales." American Journal of Public Health, 99(4): 706–712, 2009. Abstract available online.

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Report prepared by: Carl A. Taylor
Reviewed by: Richard Camer
Reviewed by: Molly McKaughan
Program Officer: Laura C. Leviton

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