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J Environ Public Health. 2012;2012:415746. doi: 10.1155/2012/415746. Epub 2012 May 28.

The Healthy School Canteen programme: a promising intervention to make the school food environment healthier.

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The Netherlands Nutrition Centre, P.O. Box 85700, 2508 CK The Hague, The Netherlands. mensink@voedingscentrum.nl

Abstract

The environment can exert a strong influence on people's food decisions. In order to facilitate students to make more healthy food choices and to develop healthy eating habits, it is important that the school food environment is healthy. The Healthy School Canteen programme of The Netherlands Nutrition Centre is an intervention that helps schools to make their cafeteria's offering healthier. A descriptive study was conducted by an independent research agency to survey the perceptions, experiences, and opinions of users of the programme (school directors, parents, students, and health professionals). Results show that directors and students of participating schools perceive their cafeteria's offering to be healthier after implementing the programme than prior to implementation. Next, further important results of the study are highlighted and relations with other projects, caveats, and practical recommendations are discussed. It is concluded that the Healthy School Canteen programme is a promising intervention to change the school food environment but that further research is needed to ultimately establish its effectiveness. Also, it will be a challenge to motivate all schools to enroll in the programme in order to achieve the goal of the Dutch Government of all Dutch school cafeterias being healthy by 2015.

PMID:
22690228
PMCID:
PMC3368483
DOI:
10.1155/2012/415746
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