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Open Access Environmental Factors of Youth Milk and Milk Alternative Consumption

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Objective: The objective of this research was to determine the school and community characteristics associated with milk and milk alternative (MMA) consumption by Canadian youth. Methods: We analyzed self-reported data from 50,058 Canadian students participating in the 2017-2018 wave of the COMPASS survey. We used logistic and linear regression analyses to identify school- and community-level factors associated with students meeting the MMA guidelines, and factors associated with daily number of MMA servings consumed, respectively. Results: Student-level factors were more strongly associated with MMA consumption than school- and community-level factors. Students who attended schools that provided staff with nutrition training consumed fewer daily servings of MMAs and were less likely to meet MMA guidelines. Students attending schools that received healthy eating grants were more likely to meet MMA guidelines, whereas students attending schools that sold flavored milk in their vending machines were less likely to meet MMA guidelines. Conclusion: Our findings suggest that student-level factors have a stronger association with MMA consumption than school or community factors. Additional research is needed to understand how factors associated with MMA consumption may influence behaviours over time, and how changes to Canada's food guide may impact youth eating habits.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Project Manager, School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON (Canada);, Email: [email protected] 2: Data Analyst, School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON (Canada) 3: Associate Professor, School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON (Canada) 4: Professor, Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON (Canada) 5: Assocoiate Professor, School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON (Canada)

Publication date: September 1, 2020

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