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ERIC Number: EJ927158
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-1559-5676
Perceptions of School Nutrition Directors and Managers Regarding Their Role in School Wellness
Stinson, Wendy Bounds; Lofton, Kristi
Journal of Child Nutrition & Management, v33 n2 Fall 2009
Purpose/Objectives: The objectives of this study were to investigate the perceptions of school nutrition (SN) directors and managers regarding their role in school wellness, the responsibility of SN professionals for serving as positive role models, and factors contributing to greater involvement in school wellness. Methods: A survey assessing the role of SN professionals in school wellness was developed from qualitative data from an expert panel discussion. Surveys were mailed to SN directors representing a random sample of 700 school districts, who distributed surveys to an SN manager in their districts, resulting in 1,400 surveys. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics. Results: A total of 462 surveys (33%) were returned. SN directors and managers believed SN professionals have an important role to play in school wellness and have a responsibility to model healthy behaviors. Roles related to food safety, availability of food choices, encouraging healthy diets in children, and modeling personal wellness were rated most important. In general, roles rated as most important were also roles in which participants reported the greatest level of involvement, although participants reported little involvement in many wellness roles. Factors perceived as promoting a greater contribution to school wellness included those related to financial support, time, and support from other involved parties. Applications to Child Nutrition Professionals: Although SN directors and managers considered all roles related to school wellness important, they reported minimal involvement in many roles assessed, suggesting the potential for a much greater role in school wellness. Education materials should address the importance of the variety of potential roles that SN directors and managers may play in school wellness, with training provided to support these additional roles. Factors promoting a greater contribution to school wellness identified in this study will be helpful in expanding the roles of SN directors and managers in wellness initiatives. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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