This Impact of Menu Labeling on Adolescents research utilizes a mixed methods study designed to assess the impact of the federal menu-labeling mandate on adolescent consumers, ages 14-18, in four Los Angeles County communities characterized by diverse socio-demographic profiles (South LA, East LA, Culver City, and Manhattan Beach). Objective 1: Venue Exit Surveys: Survey 720 youth (360 males/360 females) as they exit targeted fast food venues. Objective 2: Focus Groups: Conduct ten in-depth, gender-specific focus groups of 8 – 10 youth living in targeted communities regarding fast food consumption and menu labeling to examine perceptions of and barriers to healthy eating; the role fast food plays in daily food intake, how and why youth utilize fast food, knowledge of nutrition and appropriate calorie intake, and impact of calorie information on food choice. Objective 3: Dissemination and application of Results.

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