Got low-fat milk? How a community-based coalition changed school milk policy in New York City

Maxine Golub, Megan Charlop, Adriana Estela Groisman-Perelstein, Charmaine Ruddock, Neil Calman

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Abstract

In 2006, New York City, the largest school district in the country, eliminated whole milk and reduced the availability of sweetened milk in 1,579 schools. Despite pressure from the American Dairy Council, skepticism from school food administrators and elected officials, and the difficulties inherent in changing a system that serves 120,000,000 containers of milk per year, a community-led coalition prevailed. This article describes how parents, educational leaders, advocates, and health professionals collaborated to educate school children and their families to choose low-fat milk, and created change at a system, policy, and environmental level to promote health in the community.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S44-S53
JournalFamily and Community Health
Volume34
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • consumer advocacy
  • nutrition
  • obesity
  • public policy
  • schools

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