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The effect of nutrient-based standards on competitive foods in 3 schools: potential savings in kilocalories and grams of fat(*).
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PMID:  22239134     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
BACKGROUND: The study investigated how nutrient standards affected the number of kilocalories and grams of fat and saturated fat in competitive foods offered and sold in 3 high schools.
METHODS: The study is a quasi-experimental design with 3 schools serving as the units of assignment and analysis. The effect of the nutrient standards was measured by the change in kilocalories and grams of fat and saturated fat in offerings and purchases of competitive foods pre- and postimplementation of the standards. A paired sample t-test was used to compare kilocalories and grams of fat and saturated fat pre- and postimplementation of nutrition standards.
RESULTS: After the implementation of the nutrition standards, students in 3 high schools purchased significantly smaller numbers of kilocalories and grams of fat and saturated fat, during the postpolicy school year of 2007-2008 than during the prepolicy school year of 2004-2005.
CONCLUSION: Using nutrient standards to guide the selection of competitive foods offered in school cafeterias may positively affect intake of kilocalories, total grams of fat, and total saturated fat of those foods. The quantitative assessment is novel and demonstrates the reduction in kilocalories and fat in both the competitive food offerings and purchases as a result of nutrient standards.
Anastasia M Snelling; Jennifer Yezek
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of school health     Volume:  82     ISSN:  1746-1561     ISO Abbreviation:  J Sch Health     Publication Date:  2012 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-01-13     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376370     Medline TA:  J Sch Health     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  91-6     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
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© 2012, American School Health Association.
Associate Professor, (, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016. Senior Administrative Assistant, (, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016.
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