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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6(3), 1268-1281; doi:10.3390/ijerph6031268

Parents’ and Teachers’ Opinions about the School Food Policy in Belgian Flemish Nursery Schools

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1 Department of Public Health, Ghent University, University Hospital BlokA, 2nd floor, De Pintelaan 185, 9000 Gent, Belgium 2 Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), Belgium 3 Department of early childhood education, University College ‘Arteveldehogeschool’, Gent 9040, Belgium 4 Ghent University, Belgium
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Received: 24 February 2009 / Accepted: 19 March 2009 / Published: 24 March 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Public Health: Feature Papers)
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The partnership of parents, teachers, and schools is necessary to develop effective school food interventions. To gather parents’ and teachers’ opinions and perceptions about the school food policy, 884 parents and 70 teachers of preschoolers completed a questionnaire. School food policy is an issue of importance for parents and teachers: the majority agrees that schools should restrict the availability of snacks and soft drinks; however, to replace fruit juice and sugared milk drinks with sugarless alternatives will take special effort. Fruit is not always available at school, although parents would appreciate it. Parents of lower educational level are in general more permissive.
Keywords: Preschool; school food policy; parents; teachers Preschool; school food policy; parents; teachers
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Vereecken, C.; Van Houte, H.; Martens, V.; Wittebroodt, I.; Maes, L. Parents’ and Teachers’ Opinions about the School Food Policy in Belgian Flemish Nursery Schools. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6, 1268-1281.

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