Schwartz's research focuses on changing environmental contributors of childhood obesity and poor diet. Overarching themes in Schwartz's writings include testing (a) strategies to improve the school nutrition environment and students diets through local, state and federal policy; (b) interventions to improve the nutrition profile of products available in the charitable food system; and (c) multi-sector community-level interventions to decrease sugary drink consumption. Schwartz has served as a consultant with local, state, and national groups working to improve nutrition in schools and the charitable food system.
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Describes the development of a nutrition ranking system for use in food banks and food pantries. Uses a system is based on the dietary guidelines and ranks foods as green, yellow, or red based on food group and levels of sugar, sodium and saturated fat.
Examines a three year intervention that was designed to support middle schools in implementing nutrition and physical activity policies. Finds after three years, students in the schools with nutrition policy support exhibited a healthier weight trajectory than students in schools that received only physical activity support or a delayed control condition.
Reports on a community-based, multi-level campaign to decrease sugary drink consumption in a county in Maryland. Finds after three years, there was a significant, nearly 20% decrease in sales of regular soda in full-service grocery stores compared to a set of control grocery stores that were matched at baseline.