A Pilot Intervention Targeting Dietary Intake in School Cafeterias
Objective: We assessed fruit and vegetable (F&V) waste during school meals in 2 public elementary schools, and investigated the impact of a tasting intervention implemented in one of these schools. Methods: F&V waste was evaluated before (baseline), immediately after (post-test), and 6 weeks following (follow-up), the tasting intervention. Results: The modal outcome at each assessment was that children ate all served F&Vs. During tastings, most children attempted and liked the offered F&Vs. No differences between schools in F&V waste were evident at post-test; at follow-up, the intervention school had significantly less F&V waste than the control school. Conclusions: Generally, students were consuming the F&Vs served. Policy impact might be enhanced via a low-intensity tasting intervention.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2017-05-01
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