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Design and pilot testing of a dietary assessment methodology for children at school

Hansen, Mette; Laursen, Rikke Pilmann and Mikkelsen, Bent Egberg (2009) Design and pilot testing of a dietary assessment methodology for children at school. Bioforsk Organic Food and Farming, Tingvoll, Norway.

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Nutrition's impact on an individual's health and sustainable consumption of food are issues that have long been on both the public and political agenda but are often viewed as two separate debates. This is surprising since many innovation projects in food service systems are concerned with both healthy eating and sustainable consumption (organic food). The relationship between them forms the background in this study. Evidence has shown that caterers serving organic food tend to also serve healthier meals than their non-organic counterparts but, so far, no studies have been carried out in school food environments.
The aim of this report was to investigate and develop appropriate methods for studying the link between healthy eating practices and organic food procurement policies using Danish public elementary schools as a setting.
Based on relevant scientific literature, the Danish Dietary Recommendations, and inspired by other successful studies, a self-administered questionnaire investigating children‟s eating habits was designed. After testing by an Expert Evaluation Panel and Think Aloud Interviews adjustments were integrated.
Conclusion: If special attention is given to literacy skills and cognitive development, children in Danish 6th grade classes can be used as respondents in studies of the relation between food procurement policies and eating practice.

EPrint Type:Report
Keywords:iPOPY, dietary assessment methodology, FFQ, healthy eating
Subjects: Food systems > Markets and trade
Food systems
Research affiliation: European Union > CORE Organic > iPOPY
DOI:Bioforsk Report Vol. 4 No. 150, 2009. iPOPY discussion paper 4/2009
Deposited By: He, Mrs Chen
ID Code:16800
Deposited On:17 Mar 2010 15:52
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:43
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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