Educational or Curriculum – Environmental Change

TACOS (Trying Alternative Cafeteria Options in Schools)

Initiative Description: The TACOS intervention consisted of 2 main components that addressed the school food environment: food availability in cafeteria à la carte areas and peer influence via peer promotions for lower-fat foods.

Study Results: A steeper rate of increase in sales of lower-fat foods in year 1 ( and a higher percentage of sales of lower-fat foods in year 2.

Reference: French, S. A., Story, M., Fulkerson, J. A., & Hannan, P. (2004). An environmental
intervention to promote lower-fat food choices in secondary schools: outcomes of the
TACOS Study. American Journal of Public Health, 94(9), 1507-1512.

Level of Evidence: 3 out of 5 stars Very Good