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Food and nutrition policies associate with indicators of healthy eating:Results from a web survey among food service coordinators in public primary schools in Denmark

By Chen He and Bent Egberg Mikkelsen


The increasing prevalence of overweight and obesity has resulted in more focus on the role that public settings such as school for children can play in promoting healthy lifestyle. As a consequence increasingly organizational efforts have beendirected towards this issue and policy instruments have become one of the preferred organizational tools to frame these efforts. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the association between having a local food & nutrition policy and indicators of healthy eating at school. It is based results from a web surveyamong food service coordinators in 179 public primary schools in Denmark. A pilot test was carried out in the sampling schools before performance, and the variables were defined. Based on the 80 questions, of which 74 have been closed, used variety of question format from differential scales to checklists in thequestionnaire, three issues, the attitude of school respondents regarding promoting organic food and healthy eating habits through school environment, the existing policies concerning healthy school food and the development of school food serving practice, were analyzed by using statistic tools. The resultsindicate a strong relationship between having a food & nutrition policy and indicators of healthy eating praxis

Year: 2009
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