Behavioral Economics and Food Choice

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
Carnegie Mellon University
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
J. Jane S. Jue, University of Pennsylvania
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01061905
First received: January 29, 2010
Last updated: November 11, 2011
Last verified: November 2011
  Purpose

This is the second in a series of pilot interventions we are conducting to assess how principles from behavioral economics can be applied to improve consumers' food choices. In collaboration with Aramark, the food service vendor, we intend to examine if calorie labeling in different formats impacts consumers choice of bottled beverages in hospital cafeterias. Specifically, we will be testing whether signage that conveys to consumers the number of calories in each bottled beverage will increase the number of zero-calorie beverages sold relative to non-zero-calorie beverages. Likewise, we will test whether signage that conveys calories in exercise equivalents increases the sale of zero-calorie beverages. Lastly, we will test if signage conveying standard calorie information in conjunction with exercise equivalents increases the sale of zero-calorie beverages. We will measure the differential effect of each of these three formats for calorie information.


Condition Intervention
Obesity
Overweight
Behavioral: Calorie information
Behavioral: Exercise Equivalent only
Behavioral: Calorie & Exercise equivalent information

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Factorial Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Health Services Research
Official Title: Behavioral Economics Concepts Influencing Healthy Food Choice - Pilot 2

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Further study details as provided by University of Pennsylvania:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Primary outcome data will comprise of weekly sales and inventory reports provided by each cafeteria. Specifically, we will obtain total sales of the relevant beverages before, during, and after the study. [ Time Frame: Weekly sales data collected duing intervention from 2/8/10 through 5/23/10 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 4
Study Start Date: February 2010
Study Completion Date: June 2011
Primary Completion Date: May 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Calorie information only
Posting calorie information of sugar-sweetened and zero-calorie beverages prominently on a poster.
Behavioral: Calorie information
Posting of Calorie information for sugar-sweetened and zero-calorie beverages
Experimental: Exercise Equivalent Information
Posting of only exercise equivalents (e.g. 45 minutes on a treadmill) for both sugar-sweetened and zero-calorie beverages, prominently on a poster.
Behavioral: Exercise Equivalent only
Posting of only exercise equivalents (e.g. 45 minutes on a treadmill) for both sugar-sweetened and zero-calorie beverages, prominently on a poster.
Experimental: Calorie and Exercise Equivalent information
Posting of both calorie and exercise equivalent information for both sugar-sweetened and zero-calorie beverages, prominently on a poster.
Behavioral: Calorie & Exercise equivalent information
Posting of both calorie and exercise equivalents information for both sugar-sweetened and zero-calorie beverages, prominently on a poster.

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  Eligibility

Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Aramark Hospital Cafeteria or Cafe with the ability to provide sales data

Exclusion Criteria:

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Locations
United States, Illinois
ARAMARK healthcare at North Shore University Health System
Evanston, Illinois, United States, 60201
United States, Michigan
ARAMARK Healthcare at Henry Ford Hospital
Detroit, Michigan, United States, 48202
United States, Pennsylvania
ARAMARK healthcare at Main Line Health
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, United States, 19010
ARAMARK healthcare at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 19107
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Pennsylvania
Carnegie Mellon University
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD University of Pennsylvania
Principal Investigator: J. Jane S. Jue, MD Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania
Principal Investigator: Matthew J Press, MD Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania
Principal Investigator: David Asch, MD, MBA University of Pennsylvania
Principal Investigator: George Loewenstein, PhD Carnegie Mellon University
  More Information

Publications:
Responsible Party: J. Jane S. Jue, RWJF Clinical Scholar, University of Pennsylvania
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01061905     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: WhartonAramark-BehavEcon-2
Study First Received: January 29, 2010
Last Updated: November 11, 2011
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by University of Pennsylvania:
health behavior
behavioral economics
calorie labeling
exercise

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Obesity
Overweight
Overnutrition
Nutrition Disorders
Body Weight
Signs and Symptoms

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