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School Districts And States With Policies On Sugary Party Treats Prove Effective

October 2, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Classroom parties can mean a lot of calorie intake for children over a school year, contributing to the childhood obesity problem. But a new U.S. study finds that school districts and states with policies/laws that discourage sugary foods and beverages are 2.5 times more likely to restrict those foods at school parties than schools without such policies or laws. Even though most policies were stated as recommendations, rather than requirements, policy and law were associated with increased school-level restrictions, which demonstrates the value of policy, the researchers concluded.
Lindsey Turner et al. , "Classroom Parties in United States Elementary Schools: The Potential for Policies to Reduce Student Exposure to Sugary Foods and Beverages", Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, October 02, 2013, © Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior
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