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dc.contributor.authorSharp, Gemma
dc.contributor.authorPettigrew, Simone
dc.contributor.authorWright, S.
dc.contributor.authorPratt, Steve
dc.contributor.authorBlane, S.
dc.contributor.authorBiagioni, Nicole
dc.identifier.citationSharp, G. and Pettigrew, S. and Wright, S. and Pratt, S. and Blane, S. and Biagioni, N. 2017. Potential in-class strategies to increase children’s vegetable consumption. Public Health Nutrition. 20 (8): pp. 1491-1499.

Objective: The Crunch&Sip programme is a school-based nutrition initiative designed to increase the fruit, vegetable and water intakes of primary-school children. In recognition of the notable deficits in children’s vegetable consumption, the present study explored the receptivity of school staff to a realignment of the Crunch&Sip programme to feature a primary focus on vegetable consumption. This involved investigating school staff members’ perceptions of relevant barriers, motivators and facilitators. Design: A multi-method approach was adopted that involved four focus groups and a survey (administered in paper and online formats) containing a mixture of open- and closed-ended items. Setting: Western Australia. Subjects: Staff from Western Australian schools participated in the focus groups (n 37) and survey (n 620). Results: School staff were strongly supportive of modifying the Crunch&Sip programme to focus primarily on children’s vegetable consumption and this was generally considered to be a feasible change to implement. Possible barriers identified included children’s taste preferences and a perceived lack of parental support. Suggested strategies to overcome these barriers were education sessions for parents and children, teachers modelling vegetable consumption for their students and integrating vegetable-related topics into the school curriculum. Conclusions: School staff are likely to support the introduction of school-based nutrition programmes that specifically encourage the consumption of vegetables. Potential barriers may be overcome through strategies to engage parents and children.

dc.publisherCambridge University Press
dc.titlePotential in-class strategies to increase children’s vegetable consumption
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titlePublic Health Nutrition

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curtin.departmentSchool of Psychology and Speech Pathology
curtin.accessStatusOpen access

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