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Title: Student involvement in wellness policies: a study of pennsylvania local education agencies
Authors: Jomaa, Lamis
McDonnell, Elaine
Weirich, Elaine
Hartman, Terryl
Jensen, Leif
Probart, Claudia
Affiliations: Department of Nutritional Sciences 
Keywords: School wellness policies
Student involvemen
Subjects: Child
Issue Date: 2010
Part of: Journal of nutrition education and behavior
Volume: 42
Issue: 6
Start page: 372
End page: 379
Objective Explore student-involvement goals in local wellness policies (LWPs) of local education agencies (LEAs) in Pennsylvania (PA) and investigate associations with LEA characteristics. Design Analysis Policies developed by LEAs were abstracted and analyzed. Logistic regression models were developed to analyze relationships between student-involvement goals and the demographic and policy characteristics of LEAs. Results Majority of LEAs included policy goals that address student involvement in an array of activities related to wellness policy, food service, and role modeling. Regression models showed that LEAs with comprehensive and strong policies were most likely to include student-involvement goals regardless of LEA location, enrollment, or socioeconomic status of students. Conclusions and Implications Student engagement in school nutrition policies has been shown to increase student acceptance in an array of health-related areas and is therefore promising in the area of obesity prevention. Comprehensiveness and rigor of LWPs were strongly correlated with the inclusion of student-involvement goals on LWPs. The upcoming reauthorization of the Child Nutrition programs in 2010 creates a good opportunity to address student involvement in LWPs.
DOI: 10.1016/j.jneb.2009.07.012
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Type: Journal Article
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