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ERIC Number: EJ927157
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1559-5676
Recess before Lunch in Elementary Schools: Development of a Best Practice Checklist
Rainville, Alice Jo; Lofton, Kristi L.; Carr, Deborah H.
Journal of Child Nutrition & Management, v33 n2 Fall 2009
Purpose/Objectives: The purpose of this study was to determine the best practices (quality indicators) related to recess placement before lunch in elementary schools; compile a best practices checklist that can be used as an assessment tool for school nutrition programs; and validate and evaluate the usefulness of the best practices checklist. Methods: This study was conducted in two phases. In phase I, researchers drafted 107 best practice statements from previous research, research literature, and standards of practice for the National School Lunch Program. These statements were evaluated in a two-day workgroup meeting with an expert panel of school nutrition directors, principals, and state agency personnel representing four USDA regions. Three of the five research-based practice categories identified in previous research (personnel support/workload, logistics, and scheduling) were confirmed by the work group, as well as 3 goals, 15 best practice statements, and 18 considerations and professional reminder practice statements. In phase II, the draft checklist was further evaluated and pilot tested via electronic mail by a national review panel of school nutrition directors and state agency personnel from six USDA regions. Results: Based on the review panel's comments and suggestions, the recess before lunch (RBL) best practice checklist was revised and formatted as a Web-based, self-assessment tool. The "NFSMI Best Practice Checklist for School Nutrition Professionals Implementing or Assessing Recess Before Lunch in Elementary Schools" has a user-friendly format designed around three practice categories, four goals, and 39 best practices and standard supporting practices. Applications to Child Nutrition Professionals: The "RBL Best Practice Checklist" will assist school nutrition professionals and stakeholders in implementing services for a new RBL program or serve as an assessment tool for evaluating an existing RBL program in elementary schools. (Contains 3 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States