Purpose: To examine the association between school wellness council structure over 2 years and low-nutrient, energy-dense vending fare assessed as a food score (range: 07), following enactment of federal legislation. Methods: Multivariate linear regression was used to examine 2006/2007 and 2008/2009 data among a cohort of middle (n = 16) and high (n = 38) schools located in a Midwest metropolitan area. Results: Schools with district and school councils had a significantly lower mean food score (3.28) than schools with district-only (4.50) and no councils (4.99). Conclusions: Wellness councils, particularly a structure that includes both a district and school council, may contribute to decreasing low-nutrient, energy-dense food/beverage availability in middle and high schools.
- School food policy
- Wellness councils