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Family & Community Health:
doi: 10.1097/FCH.0b013e318202a7dd
Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH): Translating Processes of Change and Attributing Improved Health Outcomes to Social Determinants of Health Programs: Original Article

Got Low-Fat Milk? How a Community-Based Coalition Changed School Milk Policy in New York City

Golub, Maxine MPH; Charlop, Megan MPH; Groisman-Perelstein, Adriana Estela MD; Ruddock, Charmaine MS; Calman, Neil MD

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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.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

 

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