The primary goal of this project is to evaluate the impact of two interventions on improved nutrition behaviors among low-income students. These on-going interventions have been initiated by key stakeholder groups in response to current school nutrition/wellness legislation. In the first intervention, low-income middle schools will receive access to comprehensive online tools, mentoring assistance, and funding through the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) and the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) to assist in adopting recent state-level recommendations that every school building offer and promote healthy food and beverages. In the second intervention, the MDCH and MDE will work with low-income middle schools to participate in an intervention to support student teams to be actively involved in online assessment programs and nutrition environment and policy change-making processes. Study findings will inform the impact of a state-level nutrition policy and an innovative student-led intervention on student dietary intake and purchases.
Evaluating the Impact of Two School Nutrition Policy and Environmental Interventions on Low-Income Middle-School Students in Michigan
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