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ERIC Number: EJ1194731
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1559-5676
The Impact the Smarter Lunchroom Movement Strategies Have on School Children's Healthy Food Selection and Consumption: A Systematic Review
Mumby, Stephanie; Leineweber, Meghan; Andrade, Jeanette
Journal of Child Nutrition & Management, v42 n2 Fall 2018
Purpose/Objectives: In 2009, the Smarter Lunchroom Movement (SLM) strategy was created to provide schools across the United States (US) with evidence-based solutions to encourage healthier eating among children. Results, though, are inconsistent with how well this movement impacts school-aged children's healthy food selection and consumption. Thus, the purpose was to systematically review peer-reviewed literature on the SLM strategies and their impact on school-aged children's (Kindergarten-8th grade) healthy food selection and consumption. Methods: A 3-stage process: search, distillation, full-text review was used to identify appropriate articles. In the search phase, peer-reviewed articles were identified from CINAHL, ERIC, PubMed and Scopus databases. In the distillation phase, articles were evaluated using a 9-point inclusion criterion. In the full-text review stage, data extraction and quality of articles were evaluated using the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Evaluation Criteria. Results: In the search phase, 1,669 articles was retrieved. In the distillation phase, articles that did not meet the 9-point inclusion criteria, such as they were conducted outside of the U.S. (n=284) or participants were younger than kindergarten or older than 8th grade (n=589), were removed; thus 38 articles remained for full-text review. In the full-text review phase, 11 articles remained after further data extraction. Results from these studies showed that regardless of the SLM strategy employed, children selected healthier food items. However, SLM strategies that promoted consumption of healthy foods were those that involved children in naming food products, in taste-testing, or in creating marketing materials. Application to Child Nutrition Professionals: Analysis of published research showed that involving children in the process led to an increased consumption of healthy foods. Thus, school nutrition personnel can implement low-cost methods to involve children in the marketing and promotion of healthy foods within the cafeteria to improve their consumption of healthy foods.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: Kindergarten; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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