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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. kcullen@bcm.tmc.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

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

METHODS:

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.

RESULTS:

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).

CONCLUSIONS:

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.

PMID:
19150914
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PMCID:
PMC2661495
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