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ERIC Number: EJ927149
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1559-5676
Attitudes of School Foodservice Directors about the Potential Benefits of School Wellness Policies
Longley, Carol; Sneed, Jeannie
Journal of Child Nutrition & Management, v33 n1 Spr 2009
Purpose/Objectives: The Reauthorization Act of 2004 requires schools participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs to establish a wellness policy. The purpose of this study was to examine school foodservice directors' attitudes about the potential benefits of the wellness policy. Methods: A survey research design was used for the study. The sampling frame was a stratified random sample of 847 foodservice directors selected from medium-sized or larger school districts. Data analysis consisted of descriptive statistics, factor analysis to determine underlying factors in attitude items, Cronbach's alpha to determine reliability of factors, and ANOVA to determine relationships among variables, followed up with Tukey's HSD post hoc test. Results: The majority of foodservice directors agreed the federally mandated wellness policy has the potential to improve student health, nutrition education, and physical education. Attitudes of foodservice directors differed based on socioeconomic status of school districts and geographic region. Foodservice directors from school districts with a high percentage of free and reduced meals were more optimistic that the wellness policy would have a positive impact on health, nutrition, and physical and nutrition education than were directors from schools with a low percentage. Directors in the southeast region were more optimistic than directors in the mountain plains and southwest regions. Most foodservice directors believed that the wellness policy could be implemented using current resources in the district. They agreed that there was shared responsibility for obesity prevention with the family, schools, and the community. Application to Child Nutrition Professionals: Foodservice directors are supportive and optimistic about the potential benefits of the wellness policy. Policy implementation is an opportunity to continue the dialogue with nutrition professionals to support the policy in the school and wider community. Advocacy for federal wellness standards needs consideration. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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