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Johns Hopkins: Bloomberg School Researcher Awarded $1.6 Million by NICHD to Evaluate Healthy Restaurant Kids’ Meals Policy

Dr. Alyssa Moran, assistant professor in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Department of Health Policy and Management, has been awarded a $1.6 million dollar grant by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. The four-year grant will support evaluating a healthy restaurant kids meals policy in New York City.

More than a dozen cities and states have passed healthy kids meals policies to help prevent childhood obesity. These policies seek to reduce child consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages by requiring restaurants to serve beverages such as water, milk, or 100 percent  juice instead of sugary beverages as the default choice with children’s meals.

These policies have potential to reduce sugary drink consumption, however, there are virtually no data on how healthy kids meals policies influence children’s eating behaviors or health. The goal of this research is to evaluate the effects of a healthy kids meals policy passed in New York City on children’s fast-food meal orders, dietary intake, and cost-effectiveness. The study will provide the first empirical evidence on the degree to which healthy kids meals policies impact child nutrition.

Dr. Angie Cradock, senior research scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, is co-principal investigator.

Dr. Moran conducts research on policies to improve nutrition in early childhood, and has worked on child nutrition policies at the state and local levels, serving as a technical adviser to New York City’s Nutrition Strategy Program and New York State’s Advancing Prevention Agenda.

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