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Food and nutrient content of afterschool snacks: Findings from snda-IV

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 12:30 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.

Elizabeth Condon, MS, RD, Mathematica Policy Research, Cambridge, MA
Mary Kay Fox, M.Ed., Mathematica Policy Research, Cambridge, MA
Denise Mercury, RD, Mathematica Policy Research, Cambridge, MA
Mary Kay Crepinsek, MS, RD, Mathematica Policy Research, Cambridge, MA
Introduction: Schools participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) can receive cash reimbursement for snacks served in eligible afterschool programs. Afterschool snacks must meet specific requirements for the types and amounts of foods, but there are no nutrient-based standards. The fourth School Nutrition Dietary Assessment study (SNDA-IV) is the first nationally representative study to provide detailed information on the food and nutrient content of afterschool snacks. Methods: Data were collected from a national sample of NSLP schools in school year 2009-2010. Foodservice managers in schools that offered afterschool snacks provided information on foods offered for one week. Reported food items were linked to the Food and Nutrient Database for Dietary Studies and MyPyramid Equivalents Database, and average amounts of calories, nutrients, and USDA Food Pattern food groups were estimated. Results: Students were offered few choices among foods provided in afterschool snacks, and milk, crackers/pretzels, and 100% juice were among the most frequently offered items. Afterschool snacks, on average, provided 264 calories, 23% of calories from total fat, and 8% of calories from saturated fat. In relation to USDA Food Pattern recommendations for school-age children, afterschool snacks provided considerable amounts of fruit, grains, and dairy, but were high in calories from solid fats and added sugars. Discussion: Findings from SNDA-IV provide important information on the food and nutrient content of NSLP afterschool snacks. It will be important to monitor their nutritional quality over time to ensure that snacks can make positive contributions to children's diets during the school day.

Learning Areas:

Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Describe the calorie, nutrient, and food group content of average NSLP afterschool snacks. Identify the most commonly offered foods in NSLP afterschool snacks.

Keyword(s): Food and Nutrition, School-Based Programs

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a researcher on the SNDA-IV study and have expertise evaluating the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program.
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.