Table 6

State competitive food policies summary

State competitive food policies

Total Number (States)

Percent (N = 50)

States with legislation more restrictive than federal requirements regarding competitive food sales in schools prior to 2002



States with new competitive food policies that require or will require changes passed since 2002

7 (Arkansas, California*, Connecticut**, Hawaii*, Texas*, Tennessee, West Virginia*)


States with new policies that recommend changes to competitive food sales passed since 2002

4 (Colorado, North Carolina, Vermont, Washington)


States with legislation to address childhood obesity, by nutrition and/or physical activity passed since 2002

16 (Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia)


* Requires schools to offer only competitive foods that meet certain nutritional guidelines

**Requires certain healthy foods be sold whenever sodas/fruit drinks are available

Greves and Rivara International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2006 3:1   doi:10.1186/1479-5868-3-1

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