Results from a three-year evaluation of parents' knowledge/attitudes towards mandated school-based health initiatives in Mississippi
Learning Areas:Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Social and behavioral sciences
Describe how a randomized sample of parents of public school students in Mississippi view the state-mandated Mississippi Healthy Students Act of 2007 (MHSA) and its impact on KAB that influence children’s health. Discuss parents’ disconnect between perceived overweight/obesity of self and child versus BMI-based overweight/obesity. Discuss parents’ support for proposed amendment to MHSA to conduct school-based BMI assessments, given that this action is potentially controversial.
Keyword(s): School Health, Obesity
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have conducted international and domestic research related to health and health disparities, nutrition education and behavior, and program evaluation among minority and vulnerable populations for 15 years and have produced several publications in these areas.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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