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ERIC Number: EJ1095896
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-May
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4391
The Effectiveness of a School-Based Nutrition Intervention on Children's Fruit, Vegetables, and Dairy Product Intake
Drapeau, Vicky; Savard, Mathieu; Gallant, Annette; Nadeau, Luc; Gagnon, Jocelyn
Journal of School Health, v86 n5 p353-362 May 2016
Background: Most Canadian children do not meet daily recommendations for consumption of vegetables and fruits (V/F) and dairy products (DP). The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of Team Nutriathlon on V/F and DP consumption of children. Methods: Participants were 404 children from grades 5 and 6 (intervention group [IG] N = 242, control group [CG] N = 162). Teams of children were guided to increase their consumption and variety of V/F and DP over an 8-week period. Daily servings of V/F and DP were compared between groups at 4 time points: baseline (week 0), during (week 6), immediately after (week 9 or 10), and a follow-up 10 weeks after (week 20) the intervention. Results: During and after the program and at follow-up, children in the IG consumed more servings of V/F and DP compared to the CG (group × time, p < 0.0001). Sex, baseline consumption levels, and school socioeconomic status did not influence the results (p > 0.05). Conclusions: Team Nutriathlon is an innovative school-based nutrition program that can help to increase the V/F and DP consumption of children.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 5; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools; Elementary Education; Grade 6
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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