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ERIC Number: ED538831
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1548-6613
The Influence of Nutrition Education on the Food Consumption and Nutrition Attitude of Schoolchildren in Slovenia
Kostanjevec, Stojan; Jerman, Janez; Koch, Verena
Online Submission, US-China Education Review A 11 p953-964 2012
In Slovenia, nutrition education is included in the compulsory education curriculum of the nine-year elementary school. The aim of nutrition education is for schoolchildren to acquire knowledge on nutrition to help them form healthy nutritional habits. This research aims at establishing whether the formal nutrition education carried out at schools influenced children's nutrition knowledge, attitudes, and nutritional habits. The research included 630 11-year-old children from 28 randomly selected schools. During the research, Grade 6 children of the nine-year elementary school on average listened to 38.6 hours of nutrition contents, which are planned in the curriculum for home economics. At the beginning and at the end of the school year, a knowledge test was used to assess their nutrition knowledge. Through a questionnaire, the researchers established their attitudes to healthy eating and nutritional habits. Immediately after completing nutrition education, the children's behavior did not show a statistically significant change, and the connection between the newly-acquired nutrition knowledge and consumption of meals and various foodstuffs was negligible. In the researchers' view, formal education improved the nutrition knowledge of children, but had no significant influence on their attitude to healthy eating habits and their nutrition behavior immediately after the education was completed. However, the researchers did establish that children formed positive attitudes towards healthy eating habits, although they were less frequently applied in practice. To achieve goals of children's nutritional education, the researchers suggested an increased number of nutrition education hours, supported with the positive example of teachers and the school setting that ensures the availability of healthy food. (Contains 5 tables.)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 6
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Slovenia