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Negative health messages in schools

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
James M. Eddy, Department Head and Professor (Creator)
Institution
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: School health personnel recognize the importance of sending positive messages to students, faculty, staff, and the community about adopting and maintaining appropriate health lifestyle behaviors. Yet, schools often send conflicting messages. Some messages have historical precedence in schools that are difficult to ameliorate or eliminate. Nonetheless, school health personnel should identify the conflicting messages and take steps to provide support for positive health behaviors. This commentary highlights three common practices that do not support positive health behaviors: vending machines that dispense non-nutritious snacks; smoking and chewing/dipping areas for students and faculty; and fund raising activities that sell popular foods of low nutrient quality.

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Publication
Journal of School Health, 56, 8, 334-336
Language: English
Date: 1986
Keywords
health, lifestyle, behaviors, schools, personnel, vending machines, fund raising