Lecture 20 - Schools and Nutrition: Where Health and Politics Collide (Guest Lecture by Marlene B. Schwartz)

author: Marlene B. Schwartz, Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, Yale University
recorded by: Yale University
published: Sept. 27, 2010,   recorded: November 2008,   views: 4025
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Dr. Marlene Schwartz discusses the topic of food policy in schools. She presents the history of federal regulation of the National School Lunch Program, the debate about competitive foods in schools, and describes research on influence of school food on student nutrition. She describes Rudd Center research conducted in collaboration with the Connecticut State Department of Education on the effectiveness of policy changes at the district and state level. She also shares lessons from her personal experiences as a parent advocate in her own school district and describes how her volunteer work in the community informs her academic research.

Reading assignment:

Brownell, Kelly D. and Katherine B. Horgen. Food Fight, chapter 6 (pp. 129-160)

Institute of Medicine. Executive Summary from Nutrition Standards for Foods in Schools: Leading the Way Towards Healthier Youth. Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 2007, pp. 1-15

Schwartz, Marlene B. "The Influence of a Verbal Prompt on School Lunch Fruit Consumption: A Pilot Study." International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 4 (2007), pp. 1-5

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