264800 Association between compliance with NYC child care regulations concerning beverages in group child care centers and child-level beverage consumption

Monday, October 29, 2012 : 3:10 PM - 3:30 PM

Jakub Kakietek, PhD MPH , ICF International, Atlanta, GA
Sarah Abood, MPH , ICF International, Atlanta, GA
Andrew Breck, MPA , National Foundation for the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, Inc, New York, NY
Laura Kettel-Khan, PhD , DNPAO, CDC, Atlanta, GA
This paper examines the association between the New York City (NYC) regulations concerning beverages served in group child care centers and child-level beverage consumption. The regulations required that sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) should not be provided to children; children should only be served 100% fruit juice and no more than 6 ounces per day; milk served to children should have 1% of fat or less; water must be readily available to children throughout the day. We assessed whether center's compliance with the regulations was associated with children's consumption of SSBs, milk with more than 1% fat content, fruit juice, and water. Child-level data was collected through observation of 660 children enrolled in 110 group child care centers in NYC during a two day-long data collection periods (approximately 8 hours per day). Data on center-level compliance was collected through interviews with center staff and through site inventory. Compliance with the regulation was associated with lower likelihood that the child consumed SSBs and milk with more than 1% fat content and with greater likelihood that it consumed water during meals but not associated with the amount of 100% juice consumed during the day. The findings suggest that regulations may have beneficial effects on children's beverage consumption in child care settings.

Learning Areas:
Chronic disease management and prevention
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
After the session, attendees will identify: aspects of NYC regulations regarding beverages that should and should not be served to children; methodological issues of collecting observational data in child care settings; the impact of compliance with the regulations on children’s beverage consumption.

Keywords: Obesity, Child Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have conducted and/or managed several research and evaluation projects related to public health programs and policies. My scientific interests focus on structural and policy public health interventions, obesity prevention, and quantitative and qualitative research methods.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.