Healthy Eating in U.S. Schools

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healthy_eatingDistribution of Policies that Support Healthy Eating in U.S. Schools

Principal Investigator 

Marilyn "Susie" Nanney, PhD, MPH, RD 

Funding

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Healthy Eating Research, New Connections Round 2 

Overview

The goal of this policy, secondary analysis study was to combine existing School Health Profiles survey data (2008) from secondary school principals and school level demographic data to evaluate equity/disparities in school-level nutrition policies/practices in a large number of schools across multiple states. The aims were to 1) determine the prevalence of school-level nutrition policies/practices in a large sample of schools across multiple states stratified by three school-level obesity risk factors: free and reduced price lunch enrollment, geographic location, and racial/ethnic minority enrollment and 2) identify associations between school-level nutrition policies/practices scales and schools’ free and reduced price lunch enrollment, geographic location, and racial/ethnic minority enrollment. 

Resources 

Publications and Presentations

  • Evaluating the Distribution of Nutrition Policies in U.S. Secondary Schools, by Race/Ethnicity, Geography and Income. International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. Health Eating Research Symposium. Minneapolis, MN. June 10, 2010.
  • "Disparities in the distribution of school obesity prevention policies" Poster presentation invitation, Healthy Eating Research annual conference Tucson, AZ. December 2, 2009.
  • Nanney MS, Davey CS, Kubik MY. Rural disparities in the distribution of policies that support healthy eating in US secondary schools. JAND. 2013;113:1062-1068.