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The UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) provides space and logistical support for a unique laboratory — the “UNC Mini Mart.” The Mini Mart is set up to mimic a convenience store shopping experience.

A new study, conducted in the Mini Mart and published in the journal PLOS Medicine, is the first to examine in a realistic setting whether pictorial health warnings on sugary drinks — like juice and soda — influence which beverages parents buy for their children.

The findings are promising: The warnings reduced parental purchases of sugary drinks for their kids by 17 percentage points.

Read more about the new research:

Picture warnings on sodas? A promising tool to fight childhood obesity


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