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Effects of reduced juice allowances in food packages for the women, infants, and children program.
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PMID:  23629613     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: In 2009, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) implemented revisions to the composition and quantities of WIC food packages. Juice allowances were reduced by approximately half. This report describes changes in purchases of 100% juice and other beverages among WIC participants after the WIC revisions.
METHODS: Scanner data from a New England supermarket chain were used to assess juice and other beverage purchases among 2137 WIC-participating households during a 2-year period (N = 36 051 household-months). Purchased beverage amounts were compared before (January-September 2009) and after (January-September 2010) implementation of the revised WIC packages. Generalized estimating equation models were used.
RESULTS: Before the revisions, WIC juice accounted for two-thirds of purchased juice volume among WIC households. After implementation of the revisions, WIC juice purchases were reduced on par with allowance changes (43.5% of juice volume, 95% confidence interval [CI] 41.9%-45.1%). This reduction was only partly compensated for by an increase of 13.6% (8.4%-19.0%) in juice purchases using personal and other non-WIC funds. In total, juice purchases declined by 23.5% (21.4%-25.4%) from an adjusted monthly total of 238 oz to 182 oz per household. WIC households increased purchases of fruit drinks by 20.9% (14.9%-27.3%) and other noncarbonated beverages by 21.3% (12.1%-31.2%) but purchased 12.1% (8.1%-15.0%) less soft drinks.
CONCLUSIONS: After the WIC revisions, total purchases of 100% juice among WIC households declined by about a quarter, with little compensation occurring from non-WIC funds for juice and other beverages. The public health impact of the shift in beverage purchase patterns could be significant.
Tatiana Andreyeva; Joerg Luedicke; Amanda S Tripp; Kathryn E Henderson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.     Date:  2013-04-29
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pediatrics     Volume:  131     ISSN:  1098-4275     ISO Abbreviation:  Pediatrics     Publication Date:  2013 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-05-02     Completed Date:  2013-07-17     Revised Date:  2014-07-02    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376422     Medline TA:  Pediatrics     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  919-27     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Beverages / economics,  statistics & numerical data*
Carbonated Beverages / economics,  statistics & numerical data
Child Welfare
Child, Preschool
Confidence Intervals
Cross-Sectional Studies
Databases, Factual
Family Characteristics
Food Assistance / economics*,  legislation & jurisprudence
New England
Poisson Distribution
Policy Making
Predictive Value of Tests
Program Evaluation
Public Health*
Regression Analysis
Women's Health
Grant Support

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