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ERIC Number: ED299298
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-May
Reference Count: N/A
Maryland Nutrition Education Needs Assessment, Final Report and Supplements, 1986.
Bunch, Michael B.; Watson, Donna J. R.
The nutrition education needs of Maryland school children, teachers, and food service personnel (FSP) were assessed during the 1986-87 school year, as a follow-up to a 1979-80 study. Materials developed by the Educational Support Services Branch (ESSB) were reviewed; the Nutrition Assessment Inventory (NAI) was given to 750 students each from grades 4, 8, and 11 and school personnel (SP); questionnaires were given to 306 FSP and SP; and site visits were made to six local education agencies. The materials were uniformly high in quality, attractive, and audience appropriate. Fourth graders in 1986 performed about as well as did their counterparts in 1980. Eighth and eleventh graders improved in many areas, but regressed in two areas each. Students were less likely to eat a nourishing breakfast or lunch as they grew older. The amount of support that FSP receive from SP, students, and the community dramatically improved. The findings indicate that nutrition education staff should: establish specific responsibilities for education liaisons, work with staff to expand the use of materials, expand the Nutrition Mission and promotional efforts, identify individuals showing an unusual enthusiasm for nutrition education, work to assure information dissemination, and continue efforts to encourage and inform FSP. The ESSB materials are appended. The sampling plan, questionnaires and supporting documents, and the NAI are provided in the Supplements section. (TJH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland State Dept. of Education, College Park. Office of Administration and Finance.
Identifiers - Location: Maryland