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ERIC Number: EJ986975
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1499-4046
Statewide Evaluation of Local Wellness Policies in Georgia: An Examination of Policy Compliance, Policy Strength, and Associated Factors
Lyn, Rodney; O'Meara, Sandra; Hepburn, Valerie A.; Potter, Anna
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, v44 n6 p513-520 Nov-Dec 2012
Objective: To analyze relationships between demographic characteristics of Georgia school systems and: (1) compliance with the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act (CNRA); and (2) strength of wellness policy goals in nutrition, physical activity, and other school-based activities. Design: Each local school district submitted their school-board-approved wellness policy to researchers. Each policy was reviewed and coded for compliance with CNRA and evaluated on the strength of its goals. Setting: Public school districts. Participants: One hundred seventy-six of 180 Georgia public school systems participated. Main Outcome Measures: Independent variables were demographic characteristics of Georgia school systems. Dependent variables were ratings from the policy evaluation instrument, grouped into composite indices to compare the strength (ie, ratings) of wellness policy goals. Analysis: Pearson correlation, cross-tabulation. Results: Significant positive associations were found between academic performance and: strength of overall wellness policy goals ("P" less than 0.05), goals in nutrition education ("P" less than 0.01), and other school-based activities ("P" less than 0.01). Economic status of the student population was found to be positively associated with strength of nutrition education goals ("P" less than 0.05). Conclusions and Implications: Districts with stronger academic performance had more comprehensive overall wellness policy goals and stronger goals in nutrition education and other school-based activities. (Contains 3 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Georgia