New Interactive Site: State Laws for School Snack Foods and Beverages
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
A new online resource is available from Bridging the Gap. With the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and assistance from the Center for Digital Information, they have just launched a new interactive website, State Laws for School Snack Foods and Beverages. This site presents extensive data on laws for school snack foods and beverages in every state - from bans on soda in elementary schools to limits on the fat content of snacks in high schools - in a visually appealing, easily searchable format. It's the most detailed and comprehensive analysis of the codified laws in this area.
If you're interested in finding out more, join a webinar on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 11:00 am ET, during which will walk through the features of the new website, answer participants' questions about the data, and discuss the policy landscape regarding school snack foods and beverages. Click here to register.
The searchable data available on the site includes analyses of the overall strength of codified statutory (legislative) and administrative (regulatory) laws in every state:· for seven school years, from 2006-07 to 2012-13;· applicable to each of three grade levels: elementary, middle, and high;· for six locations of sale: vending machines, school stores, á la carte lines in the cafeteria, classroom parties, fundraisers, and evening/community events; and· information on laws that are not differentiated by location of sale, such as requiring nutritional information to be posted at points of sale.Data can be organized by state, by year, by grade level, by venue, and by specific nutritional standards.
To access the site, go to: http://foods.bridgingthegapresearch.org/. To learn more about the site, sign up for the webinar on February 4. Finally, for more information on Bridging the Gap, see: www.bridgingthegapresearch.org.