Factors associated with successful development and implementation of school wellness policies

The Foundation's program, Healthy Eating Research: Building Evidence to Prevent Childhood Obesity, was designed to support investigator-initiated research to identify and assess environmental and policy influences with the greatest potential to improve healthy eating and weight patterns among the nation's children.This project will be a natural experiment examining issues related to school wellness policy development and implementation, and changes in school nutrition environments as schools work to comply with the wellness policy mandate. The aims of this project are to describe adequacy of wellness policies submitted by Pennsylvania local education agencies; assess level of policy implementation and changes in school nutrition environments; identify factors related to policy adequacy, policy implementation and positive school nutrition environment changes; and establish procedures to link study body mass index data to policy data. The study's target population is K-12 students, primarily white, with 35 percent eligible for free and reduced-price lunches.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $397,150.00

Awarded on: 5/31/2006

Time frame: 6/15/2006 - 12/15/2009

Grant Number: 57927


Pennsylvania State University College of Health and Human Development

Pennsylvania State University
201 Henderson Building
University Park, 16802-6501


Claudia K. Probart
Project Director