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1. Bozlak, Christine. and Kelley, Michele. "Engaging Youth in Participatory Action Research to Enhance Wellness: Utilizing Qualitative Methods for Youth Advocacy." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Seventh International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champain Illini Union, Urbana, IL, May 17, 2011 <Not Available>. 2020-02-22 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: The Child Nutrition Act of 2004 mandated the creation of wellness policies in all school districts, which focuses on physical activity and nutrition. However, youth have been largely excluded from local decision-making around such policies. This study used qualitative methods (Photovoice and Literacy Through Photography), to ascertain the socially constructed meanings that a purposive sample of youth (ages 9-11) attributed to the concept of “wellness”; to assess how their conceptualization of wellness changed using the methodologies; and to characterize youth recommendations to promote wellness. The results from this study demonstrate that youth view wellness as more than just nutrition and physical activity and that furthermore, wellness is determined by the whole of the local ecology - not just schools. Using the aforementioned methods, youth were empowered to advocate for changes in their community. Lessons learned and recommendations for future applications of these methods with youth will be discussed.

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