Grantee Research

Menu Labeling Can Increase Health in Latino-Serving Restaurants

Dr. Carmen Nevarez, Public Health Institute

“Evaluation of the Impact of a Menu-Labeling Program (La Salud Tiene Sabor) in South L.A.”

This Salud America! pilot research project is evaluating the Salud Tiene Sabor program. Salud Tiene Sabor, the first program of its kind in California, supports healthy food choices in restaurants by providing access to healthy menu items and nutrition information, including calories posted on menu boards. In collaboration with Esperanza Community Housing Corporation and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, seven independent restaurants have implemented the Sabor program at Mercado La Paloma, a community marketplace with restaurants, shops, social services and cultural events in South Los Angeles that serves primarily Latino residents. The study's evaluation team is assessing the impact the Sabor program is having on consumers’ purchase intentions, vendor practices and sales, replication by other venues, and the effect the California menu labeling law has on these independent restaurants.

Research Category: Latino Communities