Assessing food preferences and consumption patterns in the school cafeteria using multiple methods
Learning Areas:Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Public health or related education
Discuss if the use of photography, direct observation, and digital scales are effective, low-cost, and easy-to-implement methods for measuring food selection and plate waste among students. Determine the amount of plate waste on school lunch trays on an average day. Identify what food items students select when given the option at lunch time.
Keyword(s): School Health, Nutrition
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: My academic and research interests include smoking cessation and the promotion of physical activity and nutrition. In my current position as school evaluation coordinator, I work in partnership with the State Department of Health and Department of Education. I also serve as principal investigator for 5 state and federally funded public health contracts. In the past 5 years, I have contributed to seven presentations at local and national conferences (including APHA last year).
Any relevant financial relationships? No
I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.