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Smathers, Carol A.; Graffagnino, Cheryl – Journal of Child Nutrition & Management, 2020
Purpose/Objectives: Food discarded in school meal programs diminishes opportunities to nourish students and intensifies waste management burdens. Whole fruit waste poses problems in elementary school cafeterias in particular. Offering self-serve sliced fruits in bulk may increase the amount consumed and decrease food waste on a school level. This…
Descriptors: Food, Dining Facilities, Elementary School Students, Eating Habits
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Yeo, Noelle; Harnack, Lisa – Journal of Child Nutrition & Management, 2020
Purpose/Objectives: This study aimed to describe efforts by Minnesota public School Food Authorities (SFAs) to implement the Smart Snack regulations in secondary schools and challenges associated with implementing these regulations five years after they went into effect. Methods: Public SFAs (n=452) in Minnesota were invited to complete an online…
Descriptors: Program Implementation, National Standards, Secondary Schools, Food
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O'Keefe, Keely R.; Serrano, Elena L.; Davis, George C.; Cole, D. Austin; Frisard, Madlyn I.; Farris, Alisha R. – Journal of Child Nutrition & Management, 2020
Purpose/Objectives: Although meals offered through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) have been found to be of higher dietary quality than packed lunches, roughly 40% of students bring packed lunches for a variety of reasons, including cost. The purpose of this study was to explore costs, including time, of NSLP and packed lunches. Methods:…
Descriptors: Lunch Programs, Food, Preschool Children, Preschool Education
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Mann, Georgianna; Barnard, Marie; Knight, Kathy; Green, Eleanor; Tkachuk, Emma – Journal of Child Nutrition & Management, 2020
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the Good Food for Oxford Schools (GFOS) program by assessing perceptions of Child Nutrition Program (CNP) staff. This evaluation was completed to provide insights to support continued quality improvement of the program, and to explore the potential impact of the program on the students and teachers in the…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Food, Nutrition, Dining Facilities
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McGovern, Conor F.; Newman, Constance – Journal of Child Nutrition & Management, 2020
The FNS Research Corner provides a continuing series to summarize recently completed and current research conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) in the area of child nutrition. Summaries of recently completed research projects, research conducted through grant activities, and in-progress research are…
Descriptors: Nutrition, Grants, Research Projects, Food
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Bouzek, Allison; Rainville, Alice Jo – Journal of Child Nutrition & Management, 2020
Developing healthy eating habits in childhood may support future healthy food choices. With most children spending some time outside of the home, child care facilities have the opportunity to positively influence children's eating habits. The purpose of this paper is to review recent research regarding foods served in child care settings and…
Descriptors: Nutrition, Food, Eating Habits, Child Care Centers
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Drzal, Nicholas; Alaimo, Katherine; Henne, Rebecca – Journal of Child Nutrition & Management, 2020
Purpose/Objectives: This paper describes the results from a Smarter Lunchroom program designed to evaluate if bundling fruit or vegetable strategies listed on the Smarter Lunchroom Scorecard increased selection of fruits and vegetables by students in school cafeterias from 2015 to 2017. Methods: Twenty-one Michigan State University (MSU) Extension…
Descriptors: Lunch Programs, Food, Eating Habits, Nutrition
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Wickham, Catherine A.; Crosier, Michael; Lehnerd, Megan; McGrail, Karen; Courtney, Denise; Good, Nicole – Journal of Child Nutrition & Management, 2020
Objective: The aim of this study is to determine the enablers and barriers to implementation of local school wellness (LSW) policies in Massachusetts schools. Findings will help inform the development of resources to support school nutrition directors and other important stakeholders who have the potential to influence implementation of these…
Descriptors: Wellness, Barriers, School Policy, Influences
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Swaney-Stueve, Marianne; Elmore, Janelle; Hanson, Jennifer – Journal of Child Nutrition & Management, 2020
Purpose/Objective: To explore the relationships between grade level and students' in-school meal experiences including school food service outcome measures and satisfaction with food from home. Methods: Outcomes were measured using an online survey conducted within one urban school district. Food selection was self-reported while a 7-point emoji…
Descriptors: Food, Student Attitudes, Instructional Program Divisions, Family Environment
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Doughty, Kimberly N.; Treu, Judith A.; Eckner, Kerstin – Journal of Child Nutrition & Management, 2020
Purpose/Objectives: The purpose of this study was to identify key drivers of students' breakfast habits, including eating breakfast at home or at school, to inform strategies that school nutrition professionals might use to increase participation in School Breakfast Programs (SBPs). Methods: A convenience sample of students in grades 1-12 from two…
Descriptors: Eating Habits, Breakfast Programs, Student Participation, Student Attitudes
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Alcorn, Michelle; Paez, Paola; Watkins, Tracee; Cole, Kerri – Journal of Child Nutrition & Management, 2020
Purpose/Objectives: The purpose of this study was two-fold: (1) determine commonly used procedures for milk served in locations other than the cafeteria during breakfast service; and (2) examine the effectiveness of these practices in maintaining recommended milk temperatures. Methods: A national sample of 110 school nutrition directions selected…
Descriptors: Breakfast Programs, Food, Nutrition, Food Standards
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Rajbhandari-Thapa, Janani; Vandellen, Michelle; Just, David; Panda, Saswat – Journal of Child Nutrition & Management, 2020
Purpose/Objectives: Fruit and vegetable (F/V) consumption among children continues to be lower than recommended. This study tested the effectiveness of nudges using fun facts about F/V on F/V consumption by elementary school students in grades 1 through 5. The study hypothesis is higher F/V consumption with nudges. Methods: The design was a…
Descriptors: Food, Nutrition, Health Education, Elementary School Students
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Rushing, Keith – Journal of Child Nutrition & Management, 2019
The Applied Research Division (ARD) of the Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN) is located on the campus of The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Funding for the Institute is provided from the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service (USDA, FNS), through the University of Mississippi. ARD's…
Descriptors: Nutrition, Research, Child Health, Research Projects
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Journal of Child Nutrition & Management, 2019
This article is a compilation of Child Nutrition Showcase research poster abstracts. Abstracts for the following papers are included: (1) Key Performance Indicators for Use as Benchmarking Tools for School Nutrition Programs (Penny Howard and Alicia Landry); (2) Professional Standards and District Directors' Qualifications (Caitlin Merlo); (3)…
Descriptors: Nutrition, Child Health, Lunch Programs, Breakfast Programs
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Grumbles, Lynnelle; Strohbehn, Catherine – Journal of Child Nutrition & Management, 2019
Purpose: The USDA requires children with food allergies be offered modified menus with no additional meal reimbursement. Food allergies affect up to 8% of children in the U.S.; eight allergens account for over 90% of allergic reactions. This study assessed perceptions of child nutrition program menu planners in California, a state with a high and…
Descriptors: Food Service, Allergy, Nutrition, Children
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