EDUCACION NUTRICIONAL Y COMEDOR ESCOLAR. CONCORDANCIA O DISCREPANCIA?

Translated title of the contribution: Nutrition education and school lunch programs: Agreement or discrepancy?

R. Maldonado, J. R. Villalbi

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Abstract

The results of a survey on the school lunch programs and the school menus of 303 primary schools in Barcelona, Spain are presented. The school lunch programs of 75% percent of the schools are contracted out to external catering companies and the companies used represent a wide selection of those available in this sector. Use of the school lunch programs is higher for younger children. A nutritional assessment of school lunch programs identifies discrepancies with current dietary guidelines. For example, 66.5% offered cooked vegetables less than once a week, 37.2% offered fish less than once a week and 77.7% provided sweetened desserts instead of fresh fruits more than once a week. There are differences in the results depending on the type of school lunch program and the type of school. In a subsample of 40 schools, the effect of providing a written nutritional assessment of the school menu was evaluated. After a year, some changes were evident, suggesting that this assessment may have had a positive influence on school menu planning, resulting in healthier options being more readily available.

Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)110-114
Number of pages5
JournalAnales Espanoles de Pediatria
Volume42
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • children's diet
  • menus
  • nutrition
  • nutrition education
  • school lunch

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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EDUCACION NUTRICIONAL Y COMEDOR ESCOLAR. CONCORDANCIA O DISCREPANCIA? / Maldonado, R.; Villalbi, J. R.

In: Anales Espanoles de Pediatria, Vol. 42, No. 2, 1995, p. 110-114.

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Maldonado, R & Villalbi, JR 1995, 'EDUCACION NUTRICIONAL Y COMEDOR ESCOLAR. CONCORDANCIA O DISCREPANCIA?', Anales Espanoles de Pediatria, vol. 42, no. 2, pp. 110-114.
Maldonado, R. ; Villalbi, J. R. / EDUCACION NUTRICIONAL Y COMEDOR ESCOLAR. CONCORDANCIA O DISCREPANCIA?. In: Anales Espanoles de Pediatria. 1995 ; Vol. 42, No. 2. pp. 110-114.
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