This stakeholder analysis provides guidance as to who has an influence on the lack of nutrition education, and who can help alleviate this problem. There are various stakeholders that are associated with our project. These stakeholders include the government, teachers/staff, parents, non-profits, for-profit businesses, and hospitals. This analysis ensures that we are connecting and interviewing appropriate personnel to understand our problem, which is conducive to formulating an appropriate solution.
Moderate: Passing bills that either increase or decrease nutrition education funding as well as food programs. They can also pass directives that cust school funding to extracurricular programs
However, the government is also faced with many other issues that require its immediate attention and funding
High: Since this is a systemic issue, the government has a lot of influence over what public school budgets and curriculum. This entity has significant political power
High: This issue needs government support, action, and funding in order to truly make an impact and change in the education systems and curriculum
Moderate: They do pass bills that create attention and focus on nutrition but, as the economic environment changes, they could redirect grant funding to other immediate, pressing issues.
High: The federal government probably has an even greater ability than the state government to influence this issue, especially over public school funding and directives (e.g. the department of education could influence the systemic component of this issue)
High: This issue can only truly improve with systemic changes put forth by the government, therefore, they need to create directives that enforce nutrition education on a national level.
High: This organization has the goal of providing nutrition-related support to communities and children
High: This organization provides resources to children and schools to give them access to food and nutrition resources
This may depend on the size/amount of funding the organization has. However, non-profits as a whole have a significant amount of power, especially in terms of political and informational power.
Moderate-High: C.H.O.I.C.E.S and similar organizations already advocate for this cause; they just need to be integrated into the school system
High: Educators ensure that children and schools have access to resources and advocate for children
The healthier students are eating the more focused and ready to learn the students will be
Moderate As the people that ensure children well-being in schools, educators are the one who has to teach children about nutrition
Educators exert economic power but teachers may have limited power when it comes to lesson plan flexibility and lack of training.
High: In order to get students nutrition education, educators themselves must know about the topic and must make an effort to ensure that students spend quality time learning about and interacting with healthy nutritional practices
Moderate: Parents care for their children's well being but sometimes don't have the resources (time, money, etc.) to invest in their health due to misconceptions about nutritious eating.
Moderate-Low: Parents and communities impact the way nutrition is perceived and influence behavior in non-educational settings. Therefore, this stakeholder exerts informational power.
Low: These stakeholders need to be involved as external influences who shape lifestyle behavior outside of the classroom
Sodexo, Revolution Foods (Lunch Service Providers)
High: Nutrition education affects the types of products these businesses can provide to schools
High: These organizations provide the food eaten within schools. It is important that they ensure nutritious meals are being served to students. Additionally, given their size/profits and influence over society, they have a significant amount of power, specifically in terms of economic power.
High: The business must be involved in making a change for they play a large role in ensuring that children in low-income neighborhoods have access to healthy and affordable food
Low: The medical community, including nutritionists, has a stake in terms of future outcomes of the students receiving nutrition-focused education
Moderate: This community does not have a direct impact on education but are large external influences that can guide the creation of proper educational nutrition directives, especially nutritionists who have the expertise to do so. Therefore, this community exerts significant informational power.
Moderate: Ensuring that nutritionists are involved in the creation of educational plans is fundamental to ensuring proper nutrition education in schools
Being a systemic issue, government involvement is imperative. Both the state and the federal government have a moderate interest in terms of promoting nutrition education in schools but have a significant amount of power to influence change. The government is responsible for passing bills that establish education requirements regarding nutrition and has the capability of providing financial assistance to train educators and instill quality nutrition education in schools. These bills are passed on both a state and federal level, so it is imperative that both levels of government are involved with this issue. Furthermore, legislation and advocacy, from state and congressional senators, need to be apparent at both the state and federal levels so that the issue of mediocre nutrition education gains legitimacy and support. The government’s interest can be considered moderate because there are many other issues that require the government’s attention, and their efforts towards nutrition education in schools are inadequate.
Non-profits have a significant interest in promoting nutrition education, and they have the ability to exercise a significant amount of power depending on the size/amount of funding the organization has. One such non-profit is an Atalanta based organization named C.H.O.I.C.E.S. They are able to provide various resources to students that encourage healthy eating habits. Furthermore, when they are integrated into school programs, they provide supplemental educational opportunities to help children understand nutrition.
Teachers/staff have a significant interest in promoting nutrition education in schools, but they may have limited power when it comes to lesson plan flexibility and lack of training. The healthier students are eating, the better they are able to focus and learn in a classroom setting. Teachers may be able to model healthy eating for their students and incorporate this subject into their curriculum, however, this may depend on the school board and requirements set by the government.
Parents, who play an important role in the community, have a significant interest in promoting nutrition education as well, as they want their children to make healthy choices and live healthy, long lives. Similar to teachers, they have the ability to model healthy eating and impact their child’s food and beverage choices; however, they have less control over what their child is learning and eating at school. They are a significant external influence that impacts behaviors and attitudes towards nutrition in non-academic settings.
For-profit businesses, such as Coke or Pepsi, generally have more interest in generating profit for their shareholders, rather than ensuring that students are learning about nutrition and eating healthy in school. Many schools have partnerships with these businesses, and therefore, schools are offering sodas and other unhealthy foods to their students. These corporations, given their size and influence in society, have a significant amount of power.
Hospitals also have an interest in generating profit. Their profits are generated from people getting sick, which generally is a result of unhealthy eating habits. As a result, hospitals may not want to focus on educating students about nutrition in school. Since this is more of an indirect relationship, hospitals may have more moderate power than large corporations like Coke or Pepsi. That being said, utilizing the medical community to create a nutrition education curriculum will be important. This especially pertains to nutritionists, who will be able to provide direction in terms of creating a quality nutrition education curriculum.
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