Document Type

Honors Thesis

Publication Date

Winter 12-2016


The purpose of this study was to identify how multiple influencing factors on nutrition education, relating to professional development, teacher self-efficacy, teacher beliefs, program use, wellness policies, and environmental factors, influence the amount of time elementary educators spend teaching nutrition in their classrooms. The primary tool for data collection was a comprehensive survey developed using Qualtrics software. The survey was distributed to Maine superintendents and principals who were asked to pass the survey along to K-5 teachers. Out of 270 responses collected before the survey end date, 233 were used for statistical analyses. The factors that influenced time teaching nutrition for Maine elementary school teachers were teachers’ beliefs surrounding nutrition education in schools, perceived administrative support for nutrition education, student body socioeconomic status, and training in nutrition education.