Latest JCN&M Study Provides Roadmap for Successful Implementation of School Salad Bar


Ever since the Health, Hunger-Free Kids Act was passed by Congress in 2010, many school nutrition directors have been struggling with trying to come up with creative ways to encourage their students to consume more fruits and vegetables. While numerous studies have shown the eating of fruits and vegetables may aid in preventing childhood obesity, consumption still remains low among children.

A study published in the current issue of The Journal of Child Nutrition & Management explored administrator and school nutrition staff perspectives related to the Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools initiative in Louisiana. The study, “Administrative and School Nutrition Perspectives of Salad Bar Operations in Public Schools,” concluded that strong support from staff and adequate equipment used to keep food fresh are factors that contribute to success of salad bars. Results of the study, authored by Lori Andersen, PhD, CHES; Leann Myers, PhD; Keelia O’Malley, MPH; Donald Rose, PhD and Carolyn C. Johnson, PhD, FAAHB, advance the idea that school-based environmental interventions, such as the use of the salad bars, could have beneficial implications for increasing youth consumption of fruits and vegetables. Results they find, also have the potential for highlighting future strategies which administrators and directors might use to initiate or improve the sustainability of their own salad bar programs.

To date, no study has examined the perspectives of administrators and directors regarding the initiation and implementation of a salad bar program. Reading the information gathered from this study, can help provide insight to school administrators and directors interested in adopting a salad bar program and help guide their decisions toward successful implementation of a program. Potentially, the study concludes, this could increase fruit and vegetable consumption in children and reduce health consequences associated with childhood obesity.

About The Journal of Child Nutrition & Management
The Journal of Child Nutrition & Management (JCN&M) is the exclusive source for research findings in this profession, and it features a variety of studies in the following four categories: Commentary, Current Issues, Research in Action and Practical Solutions. Published twice a year, this peer-reviewed research journal is available free of charge, online only.

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