Food environment in secondary schools: a la carte, vending machines, and food policies and practices.

Journal Article (Clinical Trial;Journal Article)

OBJECTIVES: This study described the food environment in 20 Minnesota secondary schools. METHODS: Data were collected on school food policies and the availability and nutritional content of foods in school à la carte (ALC) areas and vending machines (VMs). RESULTS: Approximately 36% and 35% of foods in ALC areas and in VMs, respectively, met the lower-fat criterion (< or = 5.5 fat grams/serving). The chips/crackers category constituted the largest share of ALC foods (11.5%). The median number of VMs per school was 12 (4 soft drink, 2 snack, 5 other). Few school food policies were reported. CONCLUSIONS: The availability of healthful foods and beverages in schools as well as school food policies that foster healthful food choices among students needs greater attention.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • French, SA; Story, M; Fulkerson, JA; Gerlach, AF

Published Date

  • July 2003

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 93 / 7

Start / End Page

  • 1161 - 1167

PubMed ID

  • 12835203

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC1447927

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0090-0036

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.2105/ajph.93.7.1161


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States