Role of extension in improving the school food environment

Mary M Schroeder, Kate Grannon, Amy Shanafelt, Marilyn S. Nanney

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University of Minnesota (UMN) Extension has assisted schools in making policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) changes to improve the school food environment. UMN Extension's involvement in the Project breakFAST program demonstrates how Extension can provide training and technical assistance to support school staff in making PSE changes that improve teens' access to school breakfast. Intervention schools increased participation in school breakfast by 56%, whereas comparison schools increased participation by only 7%. Background on and details of the project will be useful to others in Extension interested in assisting schools in implementing PSE changes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number# 7IAW2
JournalJournal of Extension
Issue number7
StatePublished - Dec 1 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This article is dedicated to the memory of Marilyn "Susie" Nanney, principal investigator of the BreakFAST Study, who passed away suddenly on June 15, 2018. Susie's commitment to cross-disciplinary work brought life and energy to this important Extension and research study collaboration. She appreciated Extension's reach in rural areas and believed that Extension's ability to build relationships and trust with school staff was critical to the success of Project breakFAST. Susie's spirit lives on in those who continue to carry on this work, though her loss is one that will be felt forever. We would like to acknowledge the time and efforts of the staff and students at the 16 Minnesota Project breakFAST research schools. The funding for Project breakFAST was provided by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health (5R01-HL113235-03).

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© by Extension Journal, Inc.


  • Breakfast
  • Food environment
  • Policy
  • Schools
  • Systems


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