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Parents’ and Teachers’ Opinions about the School Food Policy in Belgian Flemish Nursery Schools
Department of Public Health, Ghent University, University Hospital BlokA, 2nd floor, De Pintelaan 185, 9000 Gent, Belgium
Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), Belgium
Department of early childhood education, University College ‘Arteveldehogeschool’, Gent 9040, Belgium
Ghent University, Belgium
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Received: 24 February 2009; in revised form: / Accepted: 19 March 2009 / Published: 24 March 2009
Abstract: 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
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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.
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. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2009; 6(3):1268-1281.
Vereecken, Carine; Van Houte, Hilde; Martens, Veerle; Wittebroodt, Isabelle; Maes, Lea. 2009. "Parents’ and Teachers’ Opinions about the School Food Policy in Belgian Flemish Nursery Schools." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 6, no. 3: 1268-1281.