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Health Educ Res. 2008 Dec;23(6):997-1007. Epub 2007 Dec 20.

Appreciation and implementation of a school-based intervention are associated with changes in fruit and vegetable intake in 10- to 13-year old schoolchildren--the Pro Children study.

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Department of Nutrition, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, Blindern, 0316 Oslo, Norway.


The purpose was to investigate the degree of implementation and appreciation of a comprehensive school-randomized fruit and vegetable intervention program and to what extent these factors were associated with changes in reported fruit and vegetable intake. The study was conducted among 10- to 13-year old children exposed to the intervention during the school year 2003-04 in Norway, Spain and the Netherlands. Children, parents and teachers completed questionnaires regarding (i) the implementation of the school curriculum, (ii) parental involvement, (iii) distribution of fruit and vegetables at school, (iv) children's appreciation of the project and (v) children's intake levels. Univariate analyses of covariance and multilevel multivariate regression analyses indicated that teacher-reported level of implementation of the school curriculum and schoolchildren's appreciation of the project were important determinants of changes in intake. The results point to the importance of optimal implementation of an attractive school curriculum.

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