The power of policy: A case study of healthy eating among children

Diana L Cassady, Rainbow Vogt, Debbie Oto-Kent, Ramona Mosley, Richard Lincoln

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Abstract

We used a case study approach to examine the nutritional effect of a policy to increase fruit and vegetable consumption in the Students Today Achieving Results for Tomorrow afterschool program. The snack menu was changed in 44 after-school programs serving 8000 low-income and ethnically diverse elementary-school students. A comparison of previous and current snack menus identified a significant increase in fruit servings (83%) and no change in vegetable servings. We discuss the unintended consequences resulting from the menu changes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1570-1571
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican Journal of Public Health
Volume96
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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