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ERIC Number: EJ1080025
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1183-1189
Bringing Policy and Practice to the Table: Young Women's Nutritional Experiences in an Ontario Secondary School
Gray, Sarah K.
Brock Education: A Journal of Educational Research and Practice, v24 n2 p74-87 Spr 2015
In recent years, media, health organizations and researchers have raised concern over the health of Canadian children and adolescents. Stakeholders have called on the government to confront the problem. Schools are seen as an ideal location for developing and implementing large-scale interventions because of the ease of access to large groups of children and adolescents. Within Ontario, new nutrition policies, such as the School Food and Beverage Policy (Ontario Ministry of Education, 2010) have been implemented, in an attempt to change the current health status of children and adolescents. The purpose of this study was to examine the eating behaviours and nutrition knowledge of young women in an Ontario secondary school. Twenty semi-structured interviews with young women between the ages of 14 and 17 years old were used to examine the reproduction, negotiation and resistance to the nutrition messages received by the young women within the school environment. The interviews revealed the influence parents have on the nutrition knowledge and behaviours of their children, the inability of adolescents to apply learned nutrition knowledge and the ineffectiveness of the school environment in influencing eating behaviours.
Brock University Faculty of Educatino. 500 Glenridge Avenue, Saint Catharines, ON, L2S 3A1 Canada. Tel: 905-688-5550 ext. 3733; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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