Capstone/Dissertation Title

Strategies and purposes to consider when developing an elementary school based intervention focused on the benefits of healthy eating combined with physical activity

Term

2006

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

This capstone is about my passion for healthy eating and physical activity, their importance and benefits to students and the effects on learning. Key influences included growing up in a physically active family and a father who worked for a pharmaceutical company. I read government research from the CDC, and research by Robert Pangrazi. I surveyed parents, conducted focus groups with students and interviewed teachers, a school board member and a principal to gather information. The findings included: 1. pedometers are an effective tool to encourage more activity, 2. rewards in school should support healthy eating and physical activity, 3. parents support healthy snacks in school, 4. movement breaks in the day is supported as it enhances brain activity.

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