From Policy to Practice: Addressing Snack Quality, Consumption, and Price in After-School Programs

Michael W. Beets*, Falon Tilley, Robert G. Weaver, Gabrielle Turner-McGrievy, Justin B. Moore, Collin Webster

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Objective: To evaluate a community partnership between after-school programs (ASPs) and grocery stores to provide discounted pricing on snacks to meet the National Afterschool Association Healthy Eating Standards that call for serving a fruit or vegetable (FV) daily while eliminating sugar-based foods and beverages. Methods: A single-group, pretest with multiple posttest design (spring, 2011-2013) in 4 large-scale ASPs serving 500 children/d was used, along with direct observation of snacks served, consumed, and cost. Results: At baseline, FV, sugar-sweetened beverages, and desserts were served 0.1 ± 0.5, 1.7 ± 2.0, and 2.0 ± 1.4 d/wk. By spring, 2013, FV increased to 5.0 ± 0.0 d/wk, whereas sugar-sweetened beverages and desserts were eliminated. A total of 84% of children consumed the fruit; 59% consumed the vegetables. Cost associated with purchasing snacks resulted in a $2,000-$3,000 savings over a standard 180-day school year. Conclusions and Implications: This partnership can serve as a model for successfully meeting nutrition policies established for ASP snacks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)384-389
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The project described was supported by Award R21HL106020 from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute . The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute or the National Institutes of Health.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2014 Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior.


  • Children
  • Cost
  • Nutrition
  • School
  • Snack

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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