Research Matters: Read the Current Issue of The Journal of Child Nutrition & Management


Perhaps you want to try something new in your school nutrition program. After all, it seems like a great idea, and you know other school nutrition peers who have successfully put a similar initiative into action. However, before you tap your supervisor for permission and support to implement your big idea, be sure you know the many facets that will be affected by that decision. More than likely, this means doing a little research to obtain the facts you need to support your goals and intentions.

SNA’s 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, at

The current issue features 10+ articles that report the results of studies exploring a wide range of school nutrition topics, including:

  • middle school cafeteria food choice and waste prior to the implementation of Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act requirements;
  • milk and yogurt selection in an urban universal school breakfast program;
  • associations between the format and placement of school salad bars and other fruit and vegetable selections; and
  • comparisons between a mushroom-soy-beef burger and an all-beef burger served in school cafeterias.

The issue also features a summary of research initiatives from the Institute of Child Nutrition (formerly the National Food Service Management Institute) and abstracts from the 2015 School Nutrition Research and Best Practices Showcase held at SNA’s Annual National Conference last summer in Salt Lake City.

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