Bringing Policy and Practice To the Table: Young Women's Nutritional Experiences In An Ontario Secondary School

Sarah Gray
2015 Brock Education: a Journal of Educational Research and Practice  
In recent years, media, health organizations and researchers have raised concern over the health of Canadian children and adolescents. Stakeholders have called on the government to confront the problem. Schools are seen as an ideal site for developing and implementing large-scale interventions because of the ease of access to large groups of children and adolescents. Within Ontario, new nutrition policies, such as the School Food and Beverage Policy (2011) have been implemented in an attempt to
more » ... change the current health status of children and adolescents. The purpose of this study was to examine the eating behaviours and nutrition knowledge of young women in an Ontario secondary school. Semi-structured interviews were used to examine the reproduction, negotiation and resistance to the nutrition messages received by young women within the school environment. The interviews revealed the influence of parents, the inability of apply learned knowledge and the ineffectiveness of the school environment.
doi:10.26522/brocked.v24i2.425 fatcat:puykc2wcfvfh7fox4jxeu55bou