Online Master of Science in Nutrition Education Program Director Presents Health and Education Study At American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting

Online Master of Science in Nutrition Education Program Director Presents Health and Education Study At American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting

American University's online Master of Science in Nutrition Education Program Director, Anastasia Snelling, recently presented at the 2015 American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, held April 16-20 in Chicago, Illinois on her paper, Washington DC's Healthy Schools Act: The Relationship between School Health and Educational Opportunity.

Research Paper

About The Paper
The paper, co-authored and co-presented with American University's Sarah Irvine Belson, Dean of the School of Education, discusses a study of 80,231 students in over 200 DC schools which seeks to describe the relationship between academic achievement and student's health status, particularly as it relates to the implementation of Washington DC's Healthy Schools Act (HSA).  The researchers analyzed the relationship between school, level of academic achievement as operationalized by a standardized math score, and the school health environment. The outcomes of this work include the ability to describe school health environments, explore the interrelationships between school health and student achievement, and to assess the impact of the HSA, with particular attention on how the implementation of this policy might affect children differently based on their socio-economic backgrounds. Read Washington DC's Healthy Schools Act: The Relationship between School Health and Educational Opportunity and the results of the study here.

About The Meeting
The American Educational Research Association's Annual Meeting is held for scholars in the field of education research to gather and showcase ground-breaking and innovative studies from an array of subject matters on education – including digital learning, health and education, and higher education. The meeting has more than 14,000 attendees and thousands of sessions. The theme of this year's meeting was "Toward Justice: Culture, Language, and Heritage in Education Research and Praxis." Learn more about the AERA Annual Meeting.

About Anastasia Snelling
Dr. Snelling is a professor and the Associate Dean in the School of Education, Teaching, and Health at American University. She has been a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as a registered dietitian for over thirty years and a fellow in the American College of Nutrition.

Dr. Snelling teaches courses including nutrition, health promotion, and health communication. Her research focuses on methods of behavior change in nutrition education to manage risk factors related to chronic disease. Specifically, Dr. Snelling aims to understand the impact of food policy and programs on weight status of students and teachers in the school environment.

Dr. Snelling holds a PhD in Counseling and Development and an MS in Health Fitness Management from American University in Washington, D.C., along with a BS in Clinical Dietetics from the University of Connecticut.

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