Healthy eating at school: what role does the organisation of food provision have on students perception of ownership?

Maria Louisa Bruselius-Jensen, Bent Egberg Mikkelsen

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    Abstract

    Unhealthy eating are common among adolescents and the school is a well suited setting for promoting healthy eating. For the school to play a role here, however an environment must be created, in which the school and the students develop a sense of ownership for a healthy food and nutrition "regime". This paper highlights the role that the organisation of food provision plays by comparing the attitudes of students towards in-school food provision as opposed to out-of-school provision where food is provided by outside caterers. Schools having internal food production and schools having external food provision were selected. All schools had a framework for student participation, a policy for including nutrition in the curriculum as well as canteen facilities. Schools were sampled to represent different social layers, different regions and different sizes of schools. The study investigated the attitudes of middle school students. The findings suggest that external operated food provision seems to be weakly founded in local food culture in the schools. This result in students having more negative attitudes towards the meals served and they are less obliged to choose unknown dishes. In addition external operated catering seems to have a negative effect on the social and cultural structures and functions related to the meal during lunchtime. Having meals in schools where external caterers are employed is experienced as an individual act by the students in comparison with schools having internal catering. Therefore in designing school meal programs aiming at being supportive for healthy eating, it is necessary to try to integrate the food provision in the life of the school.

    OriginalsprogEngelsk
    Publikationsdato2007
    Antal sider1
    StatusUdgivet - 2007
    BegivenhedThe 19th. IUHPE world Conference on Health Promotion & Health Education - Vancouver, Canada
    Varighed: 10 jun. 200715 jun. 2007
    Konferencens nummer: 19

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    KonferenceThe 19th. IUHPE world Conference on Health Promotion & Health Education
    Nummer19
    LandCanada
    ByVancouver
    Periode10/06/200715/06/2007

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