Connecticut’s Healthy Food Certification (HFC) is a voluntary program which provides monetary incentives to school districts that choose to implement state nutrition standards for all foods sold to students outside reimbursable school meals. This paper evaluates the impact of Connecticut’s HFC on the availability of competitive foods and National School Lunch Program (NSLP) participation. Researchers found that, on average, all school districts in Connecticut reduced the availability of unhealthy competitive foods, with a significantly greater reduction in HFC school districts. Average NSLP participation also increased throughout the state. Participating in HFC was associated with significantly greater NSLP participation for paid meals in middle school; however, HFC implementation did not increase overall NSLP participation beyond the statewide upward trend.
Published: October 2010
ID #: 57923
Journal: J Sch Health
Authors: Long MW, Henderson KE, Schwartz MB
Resource Type: Journal Article
Strength and Comprehensiveness of District School Wellness Policies Predict Policy Implementation at the School LevelThis study examined 151 written district school wellness policies in Connecticut and found that significant improvement in school-level implementation of policies was reported after written policies were adopted. Stronger and more comprehensive written policies predicted significantly greater implementation of practices and policies at the school level. Some sociodemographic characteristics predicted the strength of wellness policies. More