From Paper to Practice: Barriers to Adopting Nutrition Guidelines in Schools
ABSTRACT To explore the barriers associated with the adoption of the Alberta Nutrition Guidelines for Children and Youth in schools according to characteristics of the innovation (guidelines) and the organization (schools).
Cross-sectional telephone survey.
Schools in Alberta, Canada. Principals from 357 schools.
Barriers to adopting the nutrition guidelines.
A 19-question telephone survey, including open- and closed-ended questions, was used to obtain information regarding schools' characteristics and barriers to adopting the guidelines. Qualitative data were coded according to common themes a priori, based on constructs from the Diffusion of Innovations framework.
Schools reported many barriers related to the relative advantage, compatibility, and complexity of adopting the guidelines. Parents' resistance to change and cost were the key reported barriers. Lack of knowledge, student preferences, the physical location of the school, and barriers related to the provision of healthful food were also reported.
Disseminating guidelines without providing adequate support for their implementation may not promote change within the school setting. School nutrition initiatives need to involve the parents and have access to sufficient financial and human resource support.
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ABSTRACT: IntroductionEnvironmental and societal factors are significant determinants of children's initiation to and use of alcohol. Schools are important settings for promoting well-being and substantial resources have been devoted to curriculum-based alcohol programs, but the effects of these in reducing the misuse of alcohol have been modest. Adults can and do consume alcohol at school events when students are present, but there is a dearth of evidence about parents' level of support for the practice. The aim of this study was to examine parents' level of support for the purchase and consumption of alcohol at primary school fundraising events when children are present.Methods Four hundred seventy-nine Australian parents of children aged 0–12 years participated in an online survey. Logistic regression was used to assess the impact of parent characteristics on the level of agreement with parental purchase and consumption of alcohol at school fundraising events when children are present.ResultsThe majority of parents (60%) disagreed/strongly disagreed with the practice of adults being able to purchase and consume alcohol at school fundraising events when children were present. The 21% of parents who supported the practice were more likely to be daily smokers and/or have higher (>6) Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test—alcohol consumption scores.Conclusions Despite the fact that the majority of parents disagree with this practice, published reports suggest that adults' use of alcohol at primary school events is an emerging issue. It is important that school decision-makers are mindful of the financial and educational value of fundraising activities. [Ward B, Kippen R, Buykx P, Gilligan C, Chapman K. Parents' level of support for adults' purchase and consumption of alcohol at primary school events when children are present. Drug Alcohol Rev 2014]Drug and Alcohol Review 12/2014; 34(2). DOI:10.1111/dar.12231 · 1.55 Impact Factor
Chapter: ."Moving beyond the hierarchical knowledge/power nexus in anti-Female circumcision campaigns in Africa",1-46, Larock, Yvon B and Gustave, Denis C.(eds.). Health Education: Parental and educator’s perspectives, current practices and needs assessment. Georgia, United States: Nova Science Publishers.Health Education: Parental and educator’s perspectives, current practices and needs assessment., First edited by Larock, Yvon B and Gustave, Denis C, 07/2014: chapter "Moving beyond the hierarchical knowledge/power nexus in anti-Female circumcision campaigns in Africa": pages 1-46; Nova Science Publishers.., ISBN: 978-1-62948-206-4
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