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Am J Public Health. 2009 Apr;99(4):706-12. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2007.129387. Epub 2009 Jan 15.

The impact of the Texas public school nutrition policy on student food selection and sales in Texas.

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  • 1United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Children's Nutrition Research Center, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX 77030-2600, USA.



We assessed the statewide impact of the 2004 Texas Public School Nutrition Policy on foods and beverages served or sold in schools.


We collected lunch food production records from 47 schools in 11 Texas school districts for the school years before (2003-2004) and after (2004-2005) policy implementation. Cafeteria servings of fruit, vegetables (regular and fried), and milk served each day were calculated. Twenty-three schools from 5 districts provided records of à la carte sales of candy, chips, desserts, drinks, ice cream, and water. We examined aggregated school-level differences in total items served or sold per day per student between study years.


School demographics were similar to state data. Regardless of district and school size, cafeterias served significantly fewer high-fat vegetable items per student postpolicy (P < .001). Postpolicy snack bar sales of large bags of chips were significantly reduced (P = .006), and baked chips sales significantly increased (P = .048).


School food policy changes have improved foods served or sold to students. It is not known whether improved lunch choices influence consumption for the whole day.

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