University of Worcester Worcester Research and Publications
 
  USER PANEL:
  ABOUT THE COLLECTION:
  CONTACT DETAILS:

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

Upton, Dominic and 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

Full text not available from this repository. (Request a copy)

Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information:

Early view (Online version of record). The electronic full-text cannot be accessed for this article. Please check availability with your local library or Interlibrary Requests Service.

Uncontrolled 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: Academic Departments > Institute of Health and Society
Depositing User: Charlotte Taylor
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2012 12:38
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2012 12:38
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/2023

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item
 
     
Worcester Research and Publications is powered by EPrints 3 which is developed by the School of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton. More information and software credits.