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Adoption of the Alberta Nutrition Guidelines for Children and Youth: Assessing Organizational Behaviour Change in Childcare Organizations

  • Author / Creator
    Nikolopoulos, Hara
  • In 2008, the Alberta Government released the Alberta Nutrition Guidelines for Children and Youth as a resource for childcare facilities to translate nutrition recommendations into practical food choices. Using a multiple case study method, early adoption of the guidelines was examined in two childcare centres. Characteristics of the guidelines and organizational and contextual factors influencing uptake of the guidelines were assessed. Data were collected through direct observation, key informant and focus group interviews, documentation of field notes, and obtaining food menus. Qualitative data were analyzed using content analysis, and food menus were compared to the guidelines to assess menu quality and compliance. Overall, the guidelines were perceived positively by childcare providers. Factors found to influence organizational behaviour were leadership, networking, and organizational culture. Organizational characteristics and contextual factors of early adopters are important to understand as they provide insight into what factors influence uptake of nutrition policies in childcare settings.

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  • Graduation date
    2012-06
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Science
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3BD9H
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Agricultural, Food, and Nutritional Science
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Dr. Anna Farmer - Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science
    • Dr. Diana Mager - Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Dr. Tanya Berry - Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation
    • Dr. Linda McCargar - Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science