The National Cancer Institute (NCI), working with expert consultants including staff at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and through contracts with The MayaTech Corporation, developed two systems for classifying state level physical education and recess and school nutrition environment-related policies. Policies are defined to include both statutory and administrative laws. An initial baseline coding of relevant state policies was conducted for laws in effect as of December 31, 2003. Efforts currently are underway to extend these data through 2007. This Web site provides access to the baseline 2003 data and the associated code books, copies of the policy classification systems, and citations for two manuscripts that describe the classification system development process in detail.
"Bridging the Gap: Research Informing Practice and Policy for Healthy Youth Behavior," a supplement to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine