Bridging the Gap launched a research brief series to share quick and concise research results, as well as policy implications, on a range of topics. These briefs report on findings from all of our data collection and analysis activities, including those examining state laws, local policies, community built environments, school practices, and more.
Bridging the Gap's monographs, chartbooks, and other major reports provide comprehensive data and illustrate trends and disparities in health-related policies, practices, and environments nationwide.
School District Wellness Policies: Evaluating Progress and Potential for Improving Children's Health Five Years After the Federal Mandate. School Years 2006-07 through 2010-11. Volume 3. (February 2013)
Turner L, Chaloupka FJ. Perceived Reactions of Elementary School Students to Changes in School Lunches after Implementation of the United States Department of Agriculture’s New Meals Standards: Minimal Backlash, but Rural and Socioeconomic Disparities Exist. Childhood Obesity. 2014 [Epub ahead of print] [View abstract]
Gourdet CK, Chriqui JF, Piekarz E, Dang Q, Chaloupka FJ. Carrots and Sticks: Compliance Provisions in State Competitive Food Laws—Examples for State and Local Implementation of the Updated USDA Standards. J Sch Health. 2014 [Epub ahead of print] [View abstract]
Terry-McElrath YM, O'Malley PM, Johnston LD. Accessibility over availability: associations between the school food environment and student fruit and green vegetable consumption. Childhood Obesity. 2014 [Epub ahead of print] [View abstract]
Quinn C, Chriqui JF, Slater S, Thrun E, Barker DC, Chaloupka FJ. Associations between local zoning for recreation spaces and public park frequency and characteristics. Presented at the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity Annual Meeting; May 2014; San Diego, CA. [View PDF]
Zenk S, Powell LM, Rimkus L, Isgor Z, Barker DC, Chaloupka FJ. Relative availability of healthier food options differs across communities in the U.S. Presented at the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity Annual Meeting; May 2014; San Diego, CA.
Slater S, Quinn C, Chaloupka FJ, Johnston LD. The impact of street advertising on physical activity, sedentary behavior, and weight among youth. Presented at the Medical Library Association; May 19, 2014; Chicago, IL. [View PDF]
Bassler EJ, Chriqui JF, Stagg K, Schneider LM, Infusino K, Asada Y. Controlling junk food and the bottom line: case studies of schools successfully implementing strong nutrition standards for competitive foods and beverages. Illinois Public Health Inst. 2013. [View Report]
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