Expanded surveillance of middle and high school food policies and environments

This grant supports three annual surveys of school administrators in a representative sample of 400 secondary schools to help the Foundation track changes taking place in environmental conditions, policies and programs likely to influence obesity rates among American middle and high school students. These surveys will assess requirements for physical education and for fitness assessment, beverage offerings and related pouring rights contracts, food offerings, vending machine offerings specifically, and policies related to student access to food and beverage offerings during the different portions of the school day. This work complements the Youth, Education, and Society (YES) survey funded under the Foundation's Bridging the Gap initiative, which gathers data from school administrators and from students as well, allowing unique assessments of the impact of school policies and environments on students' self-reported physical activity and dietary behaviors, weight and body mass index (BMI). Having accurate measures of obesity-related school policies, environments and programs is essential for the Foundation's ongoing needs assessment; measurement of progress (or lack of it) in general and in specific areas (i.e., physical activity, healthy eating); and for determining whether federal and state guidelines and requirements and new industry-led initiatives are implemented and having an impact. The national estimates generated by the supplemental surveys will provide the data for a key team indicator. The enlarged school sample will allow examination of schools serving the high-risk, low-income and racial/ethnic minority populations that are the primary focus of the Foundation's Childhood Obesity team efforts. Deliverables include assessments of obesity-related policies and environments in the total of 600 schools surveyed by the YES study overall and for the Foundation's priority populations presented in numerous articles and reports presenting these findings.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $616,525.00

Awarded on: 12/1/2006

Time frame: 12/1/2006 - 11/30/2009

Grant Number: 57661


University of Michigan Institute for Social Research

426 Thompson Street
P.O. Box 1248
Ann Arbor, 48106-1248


Lloyd Douglas Johnston
Project Director