vol. 2 (3), summer 2015

School Lunch Disparities Shrink

Improvements in school lunches have reduced disparities in overall healthy food access, especially in high schools.

Our new study found smaller and more diverse schools benefited most from updated school lunch standards. 

How Price Impacts Soda Intake

Kids aged 2-11 would consume an estimated 16% less soda with a penny-per-ounce soda tax.  


See how soda intake is influenced by price across different age groups and by race/ethnicity in our new study.

State Laws on School Snacks

States with strong competitive food laws have healthier school food and beverage environments regardless of school socioeconomic status.

BTG found state policies were effective in reducing availability of unhealthy snacks and drinks. Learn more about the impacts on disparities in our new study.
PE Teacher Training Is Key

Students are more likely to receive at least 150 minutes of physical education per week when PE teachers are required to take continuing education.

BTG's recent brief highlights the key role played by physical education professionals in delivering physical activity opportunities for kids. 

See Us in Chicago

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 here, and find past BTG presentations on our website.


Bridging the Gap is a nationally recognized research program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 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 www.bridgingthegapresearch.org.