3320.1 Approaches to Improve Nutrition in School Settings (Jointly-organized by the Food and Nutrition, Epidemiology, & School Health Education and Services Sections)

Monday, November 5, 2007: 2:30 PM
The purpose of the session is to provide an opportunity for the audience to learn about the legal backdrop of school feeding and the importance of incorporating food service workers in the effort of improving school nutrition. This is a highly relevant issue for all nutrition-related professionals in public health.
Session Objectives: • Discuss the role of the food service worker in promoting fruit and vegetable selection among elementary school students. • Learn about the interactions between students and school staff in the cafeteria and how it can influence fruit and vegetable selection by students. • Examine how the cafeteria environment and school nutrition policies can impact the flow of the cafeteria line flow. • Learn about the study “We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children's Activity & Nutrition), a national program designed as a one-stop resource for parents and caregivers interested in practical tools to help children 8-13 years old maintain a healthy weight. • Recognize the legal and policy determinants of the school food environment. • Identify the key stakeholders for policy change in the school food environment. • Recognize the basic legal and policy tools available to change the school food environment • examine parenting practices for feeding preschoolers.
Sibylle Kranz, PhD, RD
Barbara Polhamus, PhD, MPH

2:30 PM
Gap between food service workers' attitudes and behaviors regarding fruit and vegetable selection among elementary school students
Susan M. Gross, PhD, MPH, RD, Haylee Staruk, Mary Concannon, MA, Lisa Lachenmayr, MS, Elizabeth D. Pollack, MA and Bonnie Braun, PhD
3:00 PM
School socioeconomic makeup predicts weight status of students
Tracy K. Richmond, MD MPH and S.V. Subramanian, PhD
3:15 PM
A “bottom up” typology of parent feeding practices relates to Head Start child BMI and diet
Frank Franklin, MD MPH PhD, Michelle Feese, MPH, Mary Lou Lackey, BS, Sheryl Hughes, PhD, Richard Shewchuk, PhD, John Bentley, PhD and Edmond Kabagambe, DVM

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Organized by: Food and Nutrition
Endorsed by: Statistics, Maternal and Child Health, Epidemiology

CE Credits: CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing

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