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School Nutrition

Connecticut’s Healthy Food Certification program: The aim of this project is to evaluate the impact of a 2006 state law which provides monetary incentives to school districts that choose to implement state nutrition standards for all foods sold to students outside of reimbursable school meals.

Financial analyses of food policies in CT preschools: This project compares the cost of meals and snacks of varying nutritional value, looking at the difference between the total cost of running a food service and the amount received from the federal Child and Adult Care Food Program. It also explores cost-neutral strategies to improve the nutritional value of food served to preschoolers.

New early childhood studies: Using the US Department of Education’s Early Childhood Longitudinal Studies Kindergarten Cohort database, this study examines the relationships between educational achievement, parents’ and teachers’ attitudes about physical activity, cafeteria conditions, and children's weight.

School Wellness Policy Assessment Tool: Developed in collaboration with the CT State Department of Education, this tool assesses the strength and comprehensiveness of the federally-mandated School Wellness Policies. It has been used to evaluate every CT school districts’ policy and is being piloted nationally. The Center has recently been awarded a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
to create a user-friendly, on-line version of it for use nation-wide.

Understanding preschool food and physical activity policies: This survey of a sample of Connecticut preschools will assess the current state of policies, the nutrition environment, and physical activity for young children.

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