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Second Servings and a La Carte Sales to Elementary Children in the National School Lunch Program and Potential Implications for Childhood Obesity

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dc.contributor.advisor Earley, Penelope M.
dc.contributor.author Wilder, Amanda J.
dc.creator Wilder, Amanda J. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-21T14:57:11Z
dc.date.available 2013-03-21T14:57:11Z
dc.date.issued 2012 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/1920/8053
dc.description.abstract The sale of second servings and/or a la carte purchases made by elementary students participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) was investigated in this mixed methods case study. The percentage of elementary students in one school district who purchase second servings and/or a la carte items, in addition to the regularly purchased school lunch, was assessed with data disaggregated based on age and demographics. In addition, five cafeteria managers were interviewed about the process of selling extra food items to elementary age children. Results of this study indicate that a la carte sales at the elementary level are significant, with 29.53% of the elementary population purchasing a la carte food items during the period studied. In addition to a la carte sales, 18-369 second servings of main entrée items were sold each day. Additionally, interviews with cafeteria managers indicated the importance of having and offering a variety of food choices to children to supplement the budget. These extra food items are a hidden phenomenon within the NSLP and the implication of the additional daily calories on childhood obesity should be carefully considered in future revisions of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.
dc.format.extent 204 pages en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Copyright 2012 Amanda J. Wilder en_US
dc.subject Education policy en_US
dc.subject Education en_US
dc.subject Elementary education en_US
dc.subject a la carte en_US
dc.subject elementary students en_US
dc.subject NSLP en_US
dc.subject obesity en_US
dc.subject school lunch en_US
dc.subject second servings en_US
dc.title Second Servings and a La Carte Sales to Elementary Children in the National School Lunch Program and Potential Implications for Childhood Obesity en_US
dc.type Dissertation en
thesis.degree.level Doctoral en
thesis.degree.discipline Education en
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University en


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