Nutrition education program evaluation

About the project

 

This project is an evaluation study about two existing Dutch school-based nutrition education programs: 1) EU-Schoolfruit and 2) Taste Lessons, whereby the effectiveness of the programs is measured on primary school children’s nutrition knowledge and fruit and vegetable intake.

Taste Lessons, developed in 2006, is another Dutch national school-based nutrition education program for primary schools. This program consists of five lessons for each grade, discussing various topics in relation to five themes: ‘taste’, ‘nutrition and health’, ‘cooking’, ‘food production’ and ‘consumer skills’. Each lesson consists of several activities including experiments, cooking and tasting. Teachers can implement Taste Lessons during the whole school year. Every year, approximately 1500 Dutch primary schools implement the Taste Lessons program

Taste Lessons, developed in 2006, is another Dutch national school-based nutrition education program for primary schools. This program consists of five lessons for each grade, discussing various topics in relation to five themes: ‘taste’, ‘nutrition and health’, ‘cooking’, ‘food production’ and ‘consumer skills’. Each lesson consists of several activities including experiments, cooking and tasting. Teachers can implement Taste Lessons during the whole school year. Every year, approximately 1500 Dutch primary schools implement the Taste Lessons program

What will be measured and how?

In this evaluation study, children’s nutrition knowledge and fruit and vegetable consumption will be measured, via a questionnaire. A quasi-experimental design will be used, including three different groups: 1) schools that implement both programs, 2) school that implement only EU-Schoolfruit and 3) schools that are not participating in any program (control group). This project included three measurements: pre-intervention (baseline), during the intervention and post-intervention. In total 37 schools are included (69 classes and 1460 children) throughout the Netherlands.

What is hypothesized?

It is expected that children who participate in both programs will have an increase in nutrition knowledge and FV intake, compared to children who do not participate in any of the programs (control group). Also, it is expected that children who participate in the Taste Lessons program have an increase in their nutrition knowledge, compared to the children who are only participating in the EU-Schoolfruit program.

How far are we?

At this stage all data is collected and processed. The final conclusions can be made soon. The results of this evaluation study will be addressed on this website.

 

Contact

For more information about the project, feel free to contact Ms Angeliek Verdonschot by sending an email to: angeliek.verdonschot@wur.nl or angeliek.verdoschot@uon.edu.au