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ERIC Number: EJ942622
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-1059-8405
School Wellness Policies: Opportunities for Change
Hoxie-Setterstrom, Gail; Hoglund, Barbara
Journal of School Nursing, v27 n5 p330-339 Oct 2011
School districts are required to comply with a 2004 federal mandate to guide nutrition and physical activity environments of schools by developing and implementing wellness policies. The purposes of this article are to (a) discuss the implications of the federal mandate and (b) analyze policies from nine school districts in one large suburban county in Minnesota to assess for compliance, comprehension, and strength. Policy analysis was guided by a coding system that reflected the federal mandate. Only one district met all federal requirements; policy statements from most districts analyzed were nonspecific. Evidence from this analysis supports previous research indicating that many school wellness policies are not comprehensive, lack strength, and do not fully comply with the intent of the federal mandate. School nurses, as stakeholders in school environments, must identify and utilize collaborative opportunities to impact policy development and implementation regarding school nutrition and physical activity environments. (Contains 1 note and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Support Staff
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota