Meal satisfaction and perceived health risks in youth in MA juvenile correctional facilities

It is important for juvenile justice systems to incorporate wellness policies to ensure healthy living to support the lifelong health of youth. In order to incorporate dietary changes that improve the health of youth, it is important to understand the factors that influence meal satisfaction among youth to allow for improved quality of dietary intake. In addition, it is important to understand how youths’ knowledge of nutrition contributes to their perceived benefits of healthier meals served.
This presentation will discuss the dietary changes as part of a Massachusetts wellness policy initiative in juvenile residential centers and results from a qualitative study we conducted to explore youths’ meal satisfaction with these changes and highlight youths’ health concerns.

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Kimberly Dong, DrPH Candidate, MS, RD
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