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Increasing Children's Lunchtime Consumption of Fruit and Vegetables: an Evaluation of the Food Dudes Programme

Upton, Dominic, Upton, Penney and Taylor, Charlotte (2012) Increasing Children's Lunchtime Consumption of Fruit and Vegetables: an Evaluation of the Food Dudes Programme. Public Health Nutrition. ISSN Print: 1368-9800 Online: 1475-2727

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Objectives: Although previous research has shown that the Food Dudes programme increases children’s fruit and vegetable consumption at school, there has been limited evaluation of the extent to which changes are maintained in the long term. Furthermore, despite knowledge that the nutritional content of home-supplied meals is lower than that of school-supplied meals, little consideration has been
given to the programme’s impact on meals provided from home. The present study therefore assessed the long-term effectiveness of the Food Dudes programme for both school- and home-supplied lunches.

Design: Two cohorts of children participated, one receiving the Food Dudes intervention and a matched control group who did not receive any intervention.Consumption of fruit and vegetables was assessed pre-intervention, then at 3 and
12 months post-intervention. Consumption was measured across five consecutive days in each school using weighed intake (school-provided meals) and digital photography(home-provided meals).

Setting: Fifteen primary schools, six intervention (n 1282) and seven control schools(n 1151).

Subjects: Participants were children aged 4–11 years.
Results: A significant increase in the consumption of fruit and vegetables was found at 3 months for children in the intervention schools, but only for those eating school-supplied lunches. However, increases were not maintained at 12 months.

Conclusions: The Food Dudes programme has a limited effect in producing even short-term changes in children’s fruit and vegetable consumption at lunchtime.Further development work is required to ensure the short- and long-term effectiveness
of interventions promoting fruit and vegetable consumption in childrensuch as the Food Dudes programme.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: child, fruit, health behaviour, intervention, vegetables
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Charlotte Taylor
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2012 12:38
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 16:58

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