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Am J Public Health. 2003 Jul;93(7):1161-7.

Food environment in secondary schools: a la carte, vending machines, and food policies and practices.

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  • 1Division of Epidemiology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 55455-1015, USA. french@epi.umn.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study described the food environment in 20 Minnesota secondary schools.

METHODS:

Data were collected on school food policies and the availability and nutritional content of foods in school à la carte (ALC) areas and vending machines (VMs).

RESULTS:

Approximately 36% and 35% of foods in ALC areas and in VMs, respectively, met the lower-fat criterion (< or = 5.5 fat grams/serving). The chips/crackers category constituted the largest share of ALC foods (11.5%). The median number of VMs per school was 12 (4 soft drink, 2 snack, 5 other). Few school food policies were reported.

CONCLUSIONS:

The availability of healthful foods and beverages in schools as well as school food policies that foster healthful food choices among students needs greater attention.

PMID:
12835203
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PMCID:
PMC1447927
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