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

20

40%

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

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

14%

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

4 (Colorado, North Carolina, Vermont, Washington)

8%

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)

32%


* 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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