The School Food Environment and Obesity Prevention: Progress Over the Last Decade.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

The school food environment-including when and where children obtain food and the types of options available during the school day-plays an important role in children's consumption patterns. Thus, childhood obesity prevention efforts often focus on altering the school food environment as a mechanism for improving student dietary intake. This review examines the role school food programs and policies play in improving children's diet, weight, and health. Overall, research suggests that significant improvements have been made in school nutrition policies and programs. Due to the recent program changes made as a result of the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, an emphasis was placed on research conducted over the past decade and especially on the evaluation of foods and beverages served and sold since implementation of this national law. This review also examines remaining gaps in the literature and opportunities for further improvements in school food programs and policies.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Welker, E; Lott, M; Story, M

Published Date

  • June 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 5 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 145 - 155

PubMed ID

  • 27066793

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2162-4968

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s13679-016-0204-0


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States