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ERIC Number: EJ987508
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1090-1981
Incorporating a Healthy Reimbursable Snack in an Afterschool Homework Program for Middle School Students: A Case Study
Nanney, Marilyn S.; Olaleye, Temitope M.; Wang, Qi
Health Education & Behavior, v39 n2 p127-130 Apr 2012
Background: This study tested the feasibility and acceptability of adding a reimbursable snack that meets the Institute of Medicine nutrition recommendations to an afterschool homework program for middle school students. Methods: Snack menu was developed and administered to students attending an afterschool homework program over 12 weeks. In spring 2009, two cross-sections of middle school students completed study measures, including snack preferences. Key school personnel completed follow-up interviews assessing program feasibility. Results: Survey evaluations from 110 students at baseline and 113 at posttest suggested improved preferences for healthy snacks. Teacher supervisors (n = 3) and the assistant principal rated the pilot project as feasible and beneficial, whereas school food service (n = 3) rated the program unsustainable because of administration logistics and costs. Conclusions: The addition of healthy snacks to afterschool programs was liked by students and teachers. However, policies that support simpler accountability procedures may be needed for school-based afterschool snack programs to be sustainable. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A