Promoting fruit and vegetable consumption among European schoolchildren: rationale, conceptualization and design of the pro children project

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Title:
Promoting fruit and vegetable consumption among European schoolchildren: rationale, conceptualization and design of the pro children project
Authors:
Klepp, Knut-Inge; Pérez-Rodrigo, Carmen; De Bourdeaudhuij, Ilse; Due, P Pernille; Elmadfa, Ibrahim; Haraldsdóttir, Jóhanna; Konig, Jurgen; Sjostrom, Michael; Thórsdóttir, Inga; Vaz de Almeida, Maria Daniel; Yngve, Agneta; Brug, Johannes
Citation:
Ann. Nutr. Metab. 2005, 49(4):212-20
Issue Date:
16-May-2006
Abstract:
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The Pro Children Project was designed to assess fruit and vegetable consumption in European schoolchildren and their parents, as well as determinants of the children's consumption patterns. A second objective was to develop and test strategies, applicable across Europe, for promoting consumption of fruits and vegetables among schoolchildren and their parents. In this paper, the rationale, theoretical background, overall design and implementation of the project is presented. METHODS: Surveys of national, representative samples of 11-year-old schoolchildren and their parents were conducted in 9 countries, i.e. in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain and Sweden. Comprehensive school-based educational programmes have been developed and tested in three settings, i.e. in Spain, the Netherlands and in Norway. A precoded 24-hour recall form combined with a set of food frequency questions assessing regular intake were used to assess fruit and vegetable consumption. Determinants were assessed employing a comprehensive theoretical framework including personal, social and environmental factors related to fruit and vegetable consumption. The intervention programmes have been tested employing a group-randomized trial design where schools have been randomly allocated to an intervention arm and a delayed intervention arm. Surveys among all participating children and their parents were conducted prior to the initiation of the intervention, immediately after the end of the intervention and at the end of the subsequent school year. CONCLUSION: The project is expected to provide new information of great importance for improving our understanding of consumption patterns of fruits and vegetables and for guiding future efforts to promote increased consumption patterns across Europe.
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dc.contributor.authorKlepp, Knut-Inge-
dc.contributor.authorPérez-Rodrigo, Carmen-
dc.contributor.authorDe Bourdeaudhuij, Ilse-
dc.contributor.authorDue, P Pernille-
dc.contributor.authorElmadfa, Ibrahim-
dc.contributor.authorHaraldsdóttir, Jóhanna-
dc.contributor.authorKonig, Jurgen-
dc.contributor.authorSjostrom, Michael-
dc.contributor.authorThórsdóttir, Inga-
dc.contributor.authorVaz de Almeida, Maria Daniel-
dc.contributor.authorYngve, Agneta-
dc.contributor.authorBrug, Johannes-
dc.date.accessioned2006-05-16T12:01:28Z-
dc.date.available2006-05-16T12:01:28Z-
dc.date.issued2006-05-16T12:01:28Z-
dc.identifier.citationAnn. Nutr. Metab. 2005, 49(4):212-20en
dc.identifier.issn0250-6807-
dc.identifier.pmid16088084-
dc.identifier.doi10.1159/000087245-
dc.identifier.otherNUR12en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2336/2685-
dc.descriptionTo access publisher full text version of this article. Please click on the hyperlink in Additional Links fielden
dc.description.abstractBACKGROUND/AIMS: The Pro Children Project was designed to assess fruit and vegetable consumption in European schoolchildren and their parents, as well as determinants of the children's consumption patterns. A second objective was to develop and test strategies, applicable across Europe, for promoting consumption of fruits and vegetables among schoolchildren and their parents. In this paper, the rationale, theoretical background, overall design and implementation of the project is presented. METHODS: Surveys of national, representative samples of 11-year-old schoolchildren and their parents were conducted in 9 countries, i.e. in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain and Sweden. Comprehensive school-based educational programmes have been developed and tested in three settings, i.e. in Spain, the Netherlands and in Norway. A precoded 24-hour recall form combined with a set of food frequency questions assessing regular intake were used to assess fruit and vegetable consumption. Determinants were assessed employing a comprehensive theoretical framework including personal, social and environmental factors related to fruit and vegetable consumption. The intervention programmes have been tested employing a group-randomized trial design where schools have been randomly allocated to an intervention arm and a delayed intervention arm. Surveys among all participating children and their parents were conducted prior to the initiation of the intervention, immediately after the end of the intervention and at the end of the subsequent school year. CONCLUSION: The project is expected to provide new information of great importance for improving our understanding of consumption patterns of fruits and vegetables and for guiding future efforts to promote increased consumption patterns across Europe.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherKargeren
dc.relation.urlhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1159/000087245en
dc.subjectDieten
dc.subjectFruiten
dc.subjectVegetablesen
dc.subjectChild Nutritionen
dc.subjectDiet Surveysen
dc.subjectFollow-Up Studiesen
dc.subjectHealth Promotionen
dc.subjectMental Recallen
dc.subjectNutrition Assessmenten
dc.subjectParentsen
dc.subjectResearch Designen
dc.subjectSchoolsen
dc.subjectChilden
dc.subjectAdolescenten
dc.subjectRandomized Controlled Trialsen
dc.titlePromoting fruit and vegetable consumption among European schoolchildren: rationale, conceptualization and design of the pro children projecten
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalAnnals of nutrition & metabolismen
dc.format.digYES-

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