Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 4-24-2023

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis



First Advisor

Laurel Lambert

Second Advisor

Ann Monroe

Third Advisor

Alicia Stapp

Relational Format



Objective: Identify University of Mississippi teacher candidates’ beliefs and observations about offering low nutritional value foods for student events from their K-12 school placements.

Methods: A twenty-two-item, cross-sectional survey was developed with Qualtrics based on the Theory of Planned Behavior. The survey was distributed to juniors and seniors at the University of Mississippi, with a response rate of 79%.

Results: A majority of teacher candidates (69%) observed that their clinical instructor currently uses low nutritional value foods in the classroom to reward academic achievements, while only 38% agree that this is the right decision.

Conclusions and Implications: A greater focus on proper school wide nutrition programs and education at the full-time teacher level and more nutrition education at the university level would significantly improve the understanding and implementation of healthy nutrition practices in the classroom.

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