Published: July 2009

ID #: 57923, 57927, 57932

Journal: J Am Diet Assoc

Authors: Schwartz MB, Lund AE, Grow HM, et al

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This paper documents the reliability of a new coding tool developed to evaluate the quality of school wellness policies. The 96-item coding tool assesses seven goal areas, and each of these goal areas was scored on the dimensions of comprehensiveness and strength. To evaluate reliability, researchers from four states coded a sample of 60 policies between July 2007 and July 2008. The coding system provides a reliable method for analyzing and comparing school district wellness policies in single or multistate studies.

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