School promotion of healthful diet and exercise behavior: an integration of organizational change and social learning theory interventions

J Sch Health. 1987 Apr;57(4):150-6. doi: 10.1111/j.1746-1561.1987.tb04163.x.


In the Go For Health project, interventions based on organizational change and social learning theory facilitate changes in diet and exercise behavior by elementary school children. Baseline data documented the need for behavior change. Based on chemical analyses, average per meal amounts of total fat and sodium were higher than national recommendations: total fat was 29.3% higher than U.S. Dietary Goals; sodium was 107.4% greater than recommended levels. Observations of students in physical education class revealed children moved through space 50.1% of the time and moved continuously an average of 2.2 minutes per class period. These findings suggest the need for policy and practice changes in the school environment to enable children to engage in more healthful diet and exercise behavior.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude to Health*
  • Child
  • Diet Surveys
  • Food Analysis
  • Food Services
  • Health Promotion*
  • Humans
  • Learning
  • Nutritional Sciences / education*
  • Organizational Innovation
  • Physical Education and Training
  • Physical Exertion*
  • Schools