Published: September 2008

ID #: 57927

Journal: J Am Diet Assoc

Authors: Probart C, McDonnell E, Weirich JE, Schilling L, Fekete V

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This paper assesses Pennsylvania public school district local wellness policies, compares the policies to local wellness policy mandate requirements and provides information about the local wellness policy development process. Researchers found that all required school districts in the state established a local wellness policy and almost all (85.6%-100%) met each mandate requirement (e.g., included goals for nutrition education, physical education and other school-based wellness activities). The most commonly selected policy goals in each category were general; the least selected were more specific. The superintendent and school food service director were identified by most respondents as having lead responsibility for ensuring wellness policy implementation.

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