Start Date: October 2018

ID #: CAS050

Organization: University of Illinois at Chicago Prevention Research Center

Project Lead: Jamie Chriqui, PhD, MHS

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The objectives of the project are: 1) conduct a 50-state (plus D.C.) analysis of state Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plans to identify nutrition, activity, and wellness-related provisions; 2) compare the results from the ESSA plan analysis to state nutrition, activity, and wellness-related laws to determine which states are collectively prioritizing these issues in policy and practice as well as those that have given these issues limited-to-no attention; and 3) develop 2-3 case studies of “best practice” states that have made nutrition, activity, and wellness a priority in their ESSA state plan and law. For the ESSA state plan analysis, the state plans for each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia will be obtained from the U.S. Department of Education’s ESSA state plan submission website. A web-based form for analyzing the content of the ESSA state plans will then be developed. Data from the ESSA state plan analysis will then be compared with the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole child framework-related state law analysis that has been previously conducted to identify states that have prioritized student health, wellness, nutrition, and activity across the state plan and in state law

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