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Student access to competitive foods in elementary schools: trends over time and regional differences.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22312174     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
OBJECTIVE: To examine the availability of competitive foods in elementary schools.
DESIGN: Nationally representative mail-back survey.
SETTING: United States public and private elementary schools during the 2006-2007, 2007-2008, 2008-2009, and 2009-2010 school years.
PARTICIPANTS: Survey respondents at 2647 public and 1205 private elementary schools. Main Outcome Measure  The availability of foods offered in competitive venues.
RESULTS: Elementary school students' access to foods in competitive venues on campus (vending machines, school stores, snack bars, or à la carte lines) remained constant over time. As of the 2009-2010 school year, approximately half of all public and private elementary school students could purchase foods in 1 or more competitive venues on campus. Sugary foods were available to almost all students with access to competitive foods on campus. Public elementary school students in the South had more access to competitive food venues and greater availability of salty and sweet products in those venues compared with students in other parts of the country; however, they also had greater availability of healthier foods, such as fruits and vegetables.
CONCLUSIONS: Many elementary school students can purchase competitive foods on campus. Most students with access to competitive venues could purchase sweet products, but healthier foods were less widely available.
Lindsey R Turner; Frank J Chaloupka
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine     Volume:  166     ISSN:  1538-3628     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med     Publication Date:  2012 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-02-07     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9422751     Medline TA:  Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  164-9     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Bridging the Gap Research Program, Health Policy Center, Institute for Health Research and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1747 W Roosevelt Rd, Room 558, Chicago, IL 60608.
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