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ERIC Number: ED504612
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar
Pages: 59
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 39
Review of the School Meals Service and Other School Nutritional Issues in Wales. Final Report
Nicholas, J.; Powell, R.; Smith, R.
National Foundation for Educational Research
In 2005 the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) commissioned the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) to gather evidence on local authority (LA) and school approaches to nutrition in schools in order to inform the work of the WLGA Schools Food Task and Finish Group. This report presents the findings of that research. Specifically, the project gathered data on: (1) the influence of the minimum nutritional standards issued by the Welsh Assembly Government in 2003; (2) the nutritional content of school meals and links between food provided in schools and obesity in young people; (3) the school meal choices offered to pupils; (4) pupils' awareness and knowledge of nutritional issues; (5) factors influencing pupil choice of food in schools; (6) the preparation of food in schools; (7) the procurement of food by LAs and schools; (8) issues surrounding food and drink vending machines in schools and tuck shops; and (9) the information on nutrition provided for pupils and young people by schools and LAs. Among the findings was that there was a broad recognition by educational managers, catering personnel and teaching staff of the dangers of obesity and its increasing prevalence amongst young people, and also of the need to combat it through promoting healthy diet and lifestyle, and wellbeing. Success in improving nutritional aspects of young people's development is likely to be best achieved through whole-school approaches involving school managers, teaching, supervisory and catering staff and directed by a common approach and vision. This approach should be underpinned by relevant training in both the primary and secondary sectors. (Contains 8 tables.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Primary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Foundation for Educational Research
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Wales)