Objective: To identify factors that influenced early adoption and implementation of the Alberta Nutrition Guidelines for Children and Youth (ANGCY) in schools in Alberta, Canada; and to identify healthy eating strategies that were implemented as a result of the guidelines. Barriers and facilitators were also investigated.
Design: Multiple case study design (n = 3). Semi-structured interviews and direct observations were used to collect data.
Setting and participants: Three schools in Alberta were selected for individual case studies. Eighteen key informants were interviewed from the 3 cases.
Phenomenon of interest: To investigate how the motivation shown by school administration and stakeholders for the ANGCY influenced the early adoption and implementation of the guidelines.
Analysis: Content analysis was used to analyze data.
Results: Various healthy eating strategies were implemented within the 3 cases after uptake of the guidelines. Support from the school superintendent and the work of a health champion facilitated the adoption and implementation of the guidelines, whereas parents posed some barriers to the adoption and implementation of the ANGCY.
Conclusions and implications: This study reinforces the importance of identifying a health champion to oversee healthy eating strategies in schools, and of involving parents in the promotion of children's healthy lifestyles.
Keywords: case studies; nutrition guidelines; nutrition sciences; overweight; public health; schools.
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