Comparison of Minnesota School Wellness Policies: Where They Differ and How Well They Support a Healthy School Environment
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AbstractAdditional contributors: Leslie A. Lytle; Anne C. Samuelson; Mera Kachgal; Russell Luepker.
Healthy school environments have been found to be positively correlated with healthy body mass indexes in students attending those schools. In an attempt to create healthier school environments, a public law was put into effect requiring all schools participating in the National School Lunch Program to create a School Wellness Policy by the start of the 2006 school year. We have postulated that obesity of students is associated in some way with the quality of the School Wellness Policies as assessed by their comprehensiveness and strength. This study aimed to determine the health of School Wellness Policies and how those policies differed across Minnesota.
This project was supported by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP).