Kindergarten to 12th Grade School-Based Nutrition Interventions: Putting Past Recommendations Into Practice

Mary G. Roseman, Martha C. Riddell, Jacob J. McGee

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School-based nutrition interventions are used to improve dietary habits of schoolchildren and reverse trends on obesity. This article reports on kindergarten through 12th grade nutrition interventions published between 2009 and 2018 compared with interventions published between 2000 and 2008 based on (1) behaviorally focused, (2) multicomponent, (3) healthful food/school environment (4) family involvement, (5) self-assessments, (6) quantitative evaluation, (7) community involvement, (8) ethnic/heterogeneous groups, (9) multimedia technology, and (10) sequential and sufficient duration. These 10 recommendations help guide educators, researchers, and nutritionists on more effective nutrition interventions. Future use of implementation science to determine potential drivers of adoption, nonadoption, and effectiveness of the recommendations is encouraged.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)808-820
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors thank Anna Goodman Hoover, PhD, assistant professor, Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health, University of Kentucky College of Public Health, for sharing her expertise on IS.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020 Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior


  • adolescent
  • child
  • nutrition
  • overweight
  • school interventions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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