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)
Ohri-Vachaspati P, Isgor Z, Rimkus L, Powell LM, Barker DC, Chaloupka FJ. Child-directed marketing inside and on the exterior of fast food restaurants. Am J Prev Med. 2014 [E-pub ahead of print] [View abstract]
Zenk SN, Powell LM, Rimkus L, Isgor Z, Barker DC, Ohri-Vachaspati P, Chaloupka F. Relative and absolute availability of healthier food and beverage alternatives across communities in the United States. Am J Public Health. 104(11):2170-2178, 2014. [View abstract]
Slater S, Chriqui JF, Chaloupka FJ, Johnston L. Joint use policies: are they related to adolescent behavior? Prev Med. 2014 [E-pub 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]
2014 State Soda Tax Map
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2014 State-by-State Soda Tax Rates
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