Parents' and School Personnel Members' Perspectives on the Food and Activity Environment in a Title-I Elementary School
Objective: We investigated the perspectives of school personnel and parents regarding school food and activity policies. Methods: We interviewed 8 school personnel and 9 parents. Coders identified themes using thematic analysis and inductive coding. Results: Themes included food quality, meal timing, physical activity, curriculum integration, and roles and responsibilities of parents and school personnel in health promotion. Both parents and school personnel thought the other group should do more to promote healthy eating and exercise in children. Conclusions: Parents and school personnel viewed the school food and activity environment as suboptimal. Low-intensity interventions might help address these concerns. Improving communication between parents and school personnel about nutrition and activity policies also may be crucial.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: November 1, 2018
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