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Public Health Nutr. 2017 Jun;20(8):1491-1499. doi: 10.1017/S136898001700012X. Epub 2017 Feb 16.

Potential in-class strategies to increase children's vegetable consumption.

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1
1School of Psychology and Speech Pathology,Curtin University,GPO Box U1987,Perth,WA 6845,Australia.
2
2Cancer Council Western Australia,Perth,Australia.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The Crunch&Sip programme is a school-based nutrition initiative designed to increase the fruit, vegetable and water intakes of primary-school children. In recognition of the notable deficits in children's vegetable consumption, the present study explored the receptivity of school staff to a realignment of the Crunch&Sip programme to feature a primary focus on vegetable consumption. This involved investigating school staff members' perceptions of relevant barriers, motivators and facilitators.

DESIGN:

A multi-method approach was adopted that involved four focus groups and a survey (administered in paper and online formats) containing a mixture of open- and closed-ended items.

SETTING:

Western Australia.

SUBJECTS:

Staff from Western Australian schools participated in the focus groups (n 37) and survey (n 620).

RESULTS:

School staff were strongly supportive of modifying the Crunch&Sip programme to focus primarily on children's vegetable consumption and this was generally considered to be a feasible change to implement. Possible barriers identified included children's taste preferences and a perceived lack of parental support. Suggested strategies to overcome these barriers were education sessions for parents and children, teachers modelling vegetable consumption for their students and integrating vegetable-related topics into the school curriculum.

CONCLUSIONS:

School staff are likely to support the introduction of school-based nutrition programmes that specifically encourage the consumption of vegetables. Potential barriers may be overcome through strategies to engage parents and children.

KEYWORDS:

Childhood nutrition; School environment; School-based nutrition strategies; Vegetable consumption

PMID:
28202096
DOI:
10.1017/S136898001700012X
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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