ERIC Number: ED400256
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Nutrition Education in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools. Statistical Analysis Report. Fast Response Survey System (FRSS).
Celebuski, Carin; Farris, Elizabeth
This report presents the findings from the "Nutrition Education in Public Schools, K-12" survey that was designed to provide data on the status of nutrition education in U.S. public schools. Questionnaires were sent to 1,000 school principals of a nationally representative sample of U.S. elementary, middle, and high schools. The survey requested information on: placement of nutrition education in the curriculum, and the content, coordination, and reasons for nutrition education. Survey findings are presented for all schools and frequently by instructional level, enrollment size, metropolitan status, and geographic region. Highlights of the survey's findings include: (1) practically all public schools (99 percent) offer nutrition education somewhere in the curriculum, and many integrate it within the total curriculum (70 percent); (2) overall, schools focus on increasing students' knowledge about what is meant by good nutrition, with less emphasis on influencing students' motivation, attitudes, and eating behaviors; (3) the majority of schools (61 percent) have no nutrition education coordinator, so teachers are responsible for their own lessons; (4) over 90 percent of all schools offer nutrition through the school meals program; and (5) topics in nutrition covered by more than 90 percent of all schools are: the relationship between diet and health; finding and choosing healthy foods; nutrients and their food courses; the Food Guide Pyramid, and Dietary Guidelines and goals. Four appendixes provide: Survey methodology and data reliability; tables of standard errors; the survey form; and Section 19(a) of U.S. Public Law 103-448, 103rd Congress, 2 November, 1994, The Child Nutrition Act of 1966. (ND)
Descriptors: Breakfast Programs, Comprehensive School Health Education, Eating Habits, Elementary School Curriculum, Elementary Secondary Education, Lunch Programs, National Surveys, Nutrition Instruction, Public Schools, Secondary School Curriculum, Student Attitudes, Student Motivation, Tables (Data)
U.S. Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents, Mail Stop: SSOP, Washington, DC 20402-9328.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Westat, Inc., Rockville, MD.