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Title: Lessons from pennsylvania's mixed response to federal school wellness law
Authors: Probart, Claudia
McDonnell, Elaine
Jomaa, Lamis
Fekete, Vonda
Affiliations: Department of Nutritional Sciences 
Issue Date: 2010
Part of: journal of H+AI667ealth Affairs
Volume: 24
Issue: 3
Start page: 447
End page: 453
Federal legislation aimed at tackling the nations soaring childhood obesity rate through changes to school meals and nutrition and wellness programs has met with mixed results. An examination of Pennsylvanias response to the Child Nutrition and Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Reauthorization Act of 2004, one of the most comprehensive state responses, found improvements to the nutritional quality of foods offered à la carte in conjunction with school meal programs. However, multiple weaknesses remain. Consistent wellness policy implementation steps were not followed, and there was inadequate statewide enforcement. Despite this, Pennsylvania can offer lessons for other states in moving forward with programs to promote good nutrition and wellness.
DOI: 10.1377/hlthaff.2009.0732
Open URL: Link to full text
Type: Journal Article
Appears in Collections:Department of Nutritional Sciences

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