Educational or Curriculum – Environmental Change
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TACOS (Trying Alternative Cafeteria Options in Schools)

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Initiative Description: Promotion Activities for the TACOS healthier food choices were implemented at various places and times throughout the school year such as in classrooms as a class activity, in the cafeteria as a lunchtime activity, or during homeroom or advisory periods.

Study Results: An increase in sales of lower-fat foods in year 1 and a higher percentage of sales of lower-fat foods in year 2.

Reference: Fulkerson, J. A., French, S. A., Story, M., Nelson, H., & Hannan, P. J. (2004). Promotions to increase lower-fat food choices among students in secondary schools: description and outcomes of TACOS (Trying Alternative Cafeteria Options in Schools). Public Health Nutrition, 7(5), 665-674.

Level of Evidence: 3 out of 5 stars Very Good