ERIC Number: EJ696116
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
California School Board Members' Perceptions of Factors Influencing School Nutrition Policy
Brown, Kelli McCormack; Akintobi, Tabia Henry; Pitt, Seraphine; Berends, Victoria; McDermott, Robert; Agron, Peggy; Purcell, Amanda
Journal of School Health, v74 n2 p52-58 Feb 2004
Enactment and enforcement of school nutrition policies represent key components in adolescent overweight and obesity prevention. This study determined: 1) California school board members' attitudes, perceptions, and motivations related to enactment of policies that support healthy eating in schools; and 2) barriers to adopting school policies that support healthy eating. To understand board members' decision-making process, key informant interviews were conducted and a survey was administered to 404 school board members. Though school board members care about the well-being of pupils, competing priorities limit the extent to which nutrition issues get addressed at board meetings. Members' decisions center primarily around academic achievement issues, yet they are interested in nutrition's overall impact on children's health and academic achievement.
Descriptors: Child Health, Boards of Education, Obesity, Nutrition, Academic Achievement, Attitude Measures, Beliefs, School Policy, Adolescents, Eating Habits, Compliance (Legal)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: California