Practice Brief ReportNutrition Policy Decreases Sugar-Sweetened Beverages in Municipal Parks Lessons Learned From Carson, CaliforniaNarain, Kimberly MD, MPH; Mata, Alfred MPA; Flores, Jeanette MPA Author Information UCLA Division of General Internal Medicine, Los Angeles, California (Dr Narain); and California Center for Public Health Advocacy, Baldwin Park (Mr Alfred Mata and Ms Flores). Correspondence: Kimberly Narain, MD, MPH, UCLA Division of General Internal Medicine, 911 Broxton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024 ([email protected]). The authors declare no conflicts of interest. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: July/August 2016 - Volume 22 - Issue 4 - p 392-394 doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000000301 Buy Metrics AbstractIn Brief In light of the childhood obesity epidemic, many cities are adopting healthy park vending policies, but the evidence on the effectiveness of these policies is scant. This study examines how implementation of a healthy vending policy in Carson, California, changes the types of beverages that are available in park vending machines. The study design is a pre-posttest with post-only comparison group. The main outcome is proportion of beverages in vending machines that is consistent with caloric and sugar content guidelines for children as defined by the Nutrition Environment Measures-Vending (NEMS-V) tool. This study finds that prior to implementation of the vending policy, 70% of the beverages did not meet NEMS-V guidelines, on average. After implementation of the vending policy, this number declined to 7%. This study suggests that healthy vending policies can have an impact on the types of beverages that are available in city parks. This report examines the effect of health vending policies on the beverage quality of municipal parks in Carson, California. Copyright © 2016 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.