Evaluating the impact of the Mississippi Healthy Students Act on childhood obesity

The Foundation's initiative, Statewide Evaluations of Childhood Obesity Prevention Policies, was designed to build the evidence base to prevent childhood obesity by evaluating state-level policies that might affect children's access to healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity.This grant supports a comprehensive evaluation of the Mississippi Healthy Students Act and related state regulations and will fund surveys of policy makers and parents as well as on-site school nutrition assessments. Specifically, the grantee will: (1) conduct a survey of local and state policy makers to assess their knowledge and attitudes regarding childhood obesity, their support for policy approaches to address the problem, and potential obstacles to implementation of statewide policies at the local level; (2) survey parents to assess parental attitudes and changes in family environments and children's health behaviors during the evaluation period; and (3) conduct on-site assessments of school nutrition environments to measure the stage of implementation and level of compliance with Mississippi's established school health policies.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $1,999,995.00

Awarded on: 9/3/2008

Time frame: 10/1/2008 - 9/30/2013

Grant Number: 64636


Center for Mississippi Health Policy

120 North Congress Street, Suite 700
Jackson, 39201-2615


Therese Hanna
Project Director