Methods: Data collected from school districts in California, iowa, and Pennsylvania included district LWPs and online surveys at the district (n = 23) and school levels (n = 76). LWPs were scored using a standardized coding tool. binary and multinomial regres- sion models were used to examine the predictive ability of covariates and independent factors on perceived implementation of reim- bursable school meals and nutrition guidelines for competitive foods sold and offered

Results: Overall LWP strength score did not predict perceived implementation of reimbursable school meals or nutrition guide- lines for competitive foods. LWP component strength scores for reimbursable meals and nutrition guidelines did not consistently predict perceived implementation of those components. state and Urban-Centric Locale did predict perceived implementation of some LWP components, particularly nutrition guidelines for competitive foods sold and offered. state was a particularly influential factor in the implementation of LWPs in this study, likely due to differences in state policies and laws.

Conclusions: Overall LWP, reimbursable school meals, and nutrition guidelines for competitive foods strength scores do not pre- dict perceived implementation of reimbursable school meals and nutrition guidelines for competitive foods.

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Journal: 
Childhood Obesity Journal
Author Last Name: 
Wall
Author First Name: 
Rachel
Publication Year: 
2012
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