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Am J Public Health. 2004 Sep;94(9):1507-12.

An environmental intervention to promote lower-fat food choices in secondary schools: outcomes of the TACOS Study.

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  • 1University of Minnesota, Division of Epidemiology, Minneapolis, MN 55454, USA. french@epi.umn.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

We evaluated an environmental intervention intended to increase sales of lower-fat foods in secondary school cafeterias.

METHODS:

Twenty secondary schools were randomly assigned to either an environmental intervention or a control group for a 2-year period. The intervention increased the availability of lower-fat foods and implemented student-based promotions.

RESULTS:

A steeper rate of increase in sales of lower-fat foods in year 1 (10% intervention vs -2.8% control, P =.002) and a higher percentage of sales of lower-fat foods in year 2 (33.6% intervention vs 22.1% control, P =.04) were observed. There were no significant changes in student self-reported food choices.

CONCLUSIONS:

School-based environmental interventions to increase availability and promotion of lower-fat foods can increase purchase of these foods among adolescents.

PMID:
15333303
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PMCID:
PMC1448482
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