Table 1

Moderators Guide: Overview of Major Topics and Questions

Principal Interviews


Topic

Questions


School's Focus

• Schools have many areas of focus. What is the importance placed on each area at your school? Why?


Student Health

• What role, if any, do you feel school's play in the health of students?

• How, if at all, do you think your schools food practices influence the health of students?

• What one thing is most important to change in your school to promote the health of your students? Why?


Obesity

• Do you consider overweight/obesity to be a problem among students at this school? Why/why not?

• What, if anything, can schools do to help reduce the rates of childhood/adolescent obesity?

• How do feel about the media's portrayal of schools' food environment and its role in childhood/adolescent obesity?


Government mandates

• How do you feel about the state's push for schools to establish a wellness policy? What impact, if any, will this have on your school?


Food Service Personnel Interviews


Topic

Questions


Food Service Focus and Food Offerings*

• What goes into the decision about what items to serve?

• How do you balance the role of providing options and encouraging students to make healthy choices with providing access only to healthy foods?

• What changes, if any, have you tried/would like to try to encourage healthier dietary habits among students?


Obesity

• Do you consider overweight/obesity to be a problem among students at this school? Why/why not?

• What role, if any, do you feel the school food environment plays in childhood/adolescent obesity?

• How do feel about the media's portrayal of schools' food environments and its role in childhood/adolescent obesity?


Government Mandates

• How do you feel about the state's push for schools to establish a wellness policy? What impact, if any, will this have on your school's food service program?


Challenges/Barriers

• What challenges, if any, do you encounter on regular basis that make your job difficult?

• In an ideal world, what would the school food service program at this school look like? What would your role be?


*NOTE: Food offering questions were asked separately for the reimbursable lunch, a la carte lunch, and vending programs

Nollen et al. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2007 4:18   doi:10.1186/1479-5868-4-18

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