The Impact of School Wellness Policies

This project developed a school wellness policy progress score for schools participating in the BALANCE study and looked at the association of the school’s wellness policy progress on postpartum teen’s weight, dietary intake, and physical activity level.

Project staff

Principal Investigator: Debra Haire-Joshu, PhD

Co-investigator: Michael Elliott, PhD

Research Team: Rebecca Schermbeck, MPH, MS, RD; Scoie Green, MPH; Cindy Schwarz, MPH,MS,RD, Byron Yount, PhD

Graduate Research Assistants: Elizabeth Budd, Monique Norfolk, Jamie Phillips

Project Partners

Parents as Teachers

Project Dates: 2008-2009
Funding Source

National Institutes of Health


Budd, E.L., Schwarz, C.D., Yount, B.W., Haire-Joshu, D. Factors Influencing the Implementation of School Wellness Policies in the United States, 2009. 2012. Preventing Chronic Disease. 9:E118

Haire-Joshu, D., Yount, B.W., Budd, E.L., Schwarz, C.D., Schermbeck, R., Green, S., Elliott, M. The Quality of School Wellness Policies and Energy-balance Behaviors of Adolescent Mothers. 2011. Preventing Chronic Disease. 8(2):A34


Budd, E.L., Yount, B.W., Schwarz, C.D., Elliott, M., Haire-Joshu, D. Accountability is Related to Higher Implementation Ratings of Local School Wellness Policies. Society of Behavioral Medicine. Washington DC. (July, 2011)

Haire-Joshu, D.,Elliott, M., Schermbeck, R., Schwarz, C.D. Are School Wellness Policies Associated with Weight and Related Behaviors Among Postpartum Teens? Weight of the Nation Conference, Washington DC. (July, 2009)