Educational attainment, food and nutrition knowledge, nutrition attitudes, nutrition behaviors, and nutrition training of Indiana school food service directors
The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) was established to provide meals that would meet one-third of the daily nutritional needs of children. Administrators of NSLP understand the responsibility to address the rising increase of obesity in children today. The purpose of this study was to examine the educational attainment, food and nutrition knowledge, nutrition attitudes, nutrition behaviors and nutrition training of 411 Indiana School Food Service Directors, through the completion of a 50 itemized questionnaire. The hypothesis of this research was to show that the educational attainment of Indiana School Food Service Directors would not impact their food and nutrition knowledge, nutrition attitudes, nutrition behaviors or nutrition training.A statistical significance (p<0.036) was found when analyzing nutrition attitudes between the respondents in the 41-50 year age group and the 61-70 year age group. Results indicated the 41-50 year old group had a more positive nutrition attitude than the 61-50 year age group. Additional analysis of the questionnaire results revealed no statistical significant difference between Indiana School Food Service Directors' educational attainment and nutrition attitude, nutrition behaviors, or nutrition training.