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Title: The nexus of knowledge and behavior for school-aged children: implementation of Health Education Programs and a Nutritional Symbol System
Contributor(s): Miller, Judith A  (author)orcid ; Graham, Lorraine (author); Pennington, Jim (author)
Publication Date: 2013
DOI: 10.1080/18377122.2013.836771
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Abstract: Health-related knowledge has been assumed to inform lifestyle choices for school-aged students. A 'health-promoting school' provides the conceptual framework for this intervention. A large boarding school developed, implemented and refined a Nutritional Symbol System for their dining hall. The effectiveness of this social marketing strategy and school-based Health Education Program was evaluated by interviewing students (n = 16) for nutritional knowledge and application of the Nutritional Symbol System (NSS) to food choices in a range of contexts within (for example, in the dining hall and canteen) and beyond the school. In-depth interview data were collected, recorded and analyzed manually and via the Leximancer text mining software. Results indicated that there was a lack of consistent and accurate student knowledge derived from the Health Education Programs. Recommendations include a greater alignment between the Nutritional Symbol System, the plate and all Health Education Program materials to enhance students' health literacy around informed nutrition-related decisions.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Asia-Pacific Journal of Health, Sport and Physical Education, 4(3), p. 217-234
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1837-7130
Field of Research (FOR): 130210 Physical Education and Development Curriculum and Pedagogy
130106 Secondary Education
130105 Primary Education (excl Maori)
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 920401 Behaviour and Health
920205 Health Education and Promotion
920501 Child Health
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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