vol. 1 (4), fall 2014

Food Swamps, Not Deserts

78% of food stores nationwide carry more unhealthy products than healthier alternatives.

BTG's new study finds that food access doesn't guarantee access to healthy foods. See the paper in the American Journal of Public Health to learn more about disparities between neighborhoods by race, income, and urbanicity.
See Us at APHA

Going to this year's American Public Health Association (APHA) annual meeting? As you're planning your agenda, be sure to schedule in some of BTG's presentations! 

View the full list, including rooms and times, here. Find past BTG presentations on our website, and check back later for this year's!
Fast Food Targets Black Youth

Restaurants in black neighborhoods are nearly 2 times as likely to have kids meal toy displays than those in white areas.

Learn more about fast-food outlets' disproportionate child-targeted marketing in disadvantaged communities in our study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Shared Use: Specificity Matters

Policies permitting community use of school properties are associated with more vigorous exercise for teens when they are more detailed.

BTG's is the first nationwide study on the influence of existing joint use policies on teens' physical activity levels. See how more specific policies are related to better outcomes in the paper in Preventive Medicine. 
Minimal Time for School Lunch

2 out of 5 U.S. public elementary schools provide students with at least 30 minutes to eat.

School lunch options are improving with the new federal nutrition standards, but do kids have enough time to eat them? BTG's new research brief reviews our findings on lunch duration and timing in schools nationwide.

Bridging the Gap is a nationally recognized research program dedicated to improving the  
understanding of how policies and environmental factors influence diet, physical activity and  
obesity among youth, as well as youth tobacco use. For more information, visit  
A program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.