Start Date: November 2016

ID #: 74131

Principal Investigator: Yuka Asada, PhD, RD

Co-Principal Investigator: Jamie Chriqui, PhD, MHS

Organization: University of Illinois

Funding Round: Round 10

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Recent federal policies for revised school meals and Smart Snacks standards aimed for all children to have equitable access to health-promoting food environments. However, studies indicate that rural school, particularly at the secondary level, are lagging behind urban schools in the quality of policies and practices. The aims of this study are to: 1) identify key factors and policy-relevant strategies and lessons learned towards implementation of school food and nutrition practices in rural settings. The research team will conduct key informant interviews with school professionals from rural high school communities in seven states and 14 high schools, and analyze the findings to generate a preliminary framework, which help from key informants and an expert panel.

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