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Implementation of the European School Fruit and Vegetables Scheme in Spain (2009–2017)

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Department of Community Nursing, Preventive Medicine and Public Health and History of Science, University of Alicante, 99-03080 Alicante, Spain
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Public Health Research Group, University of Alicante, 99-03080 Alicante, Spain
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(20), 3898; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16203898
Received: 28 August 2019 / Revised: 8 October 2019 / Accepted: 10 October 2019 / Published: 15 October 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Children's Health)
The School Fruit and Vegetables Scheme (SFVS) implemented by the European Union in 2009/2010 aims to improve the diet of students and to support agricultural markets and environmental sustainability. The objective of this study was to identify the characteristics of the School Fruit and Vegetables Scheme implementation from 2009 to 2017 in Spain and its autonomous communities. A descriptive, longitudinal, observational, and retrospective study was carried out on the basis of document analysis of SFVS reports. We studied the average budget for Spain and its autonomous communities (AC), the number of students enrolled, the cost of the SFVS by student and by day, the duration of the SFVS, the quantity of fruits and vegetables (FV) per student and day (g), the variety of FV, the recommendation to include local, seasonal, and organic foods, and the educational activities (EA). The results were studied by the AC which are territorial entities of Spain. The budget almost doubled during the study, thanks mainly to EU funds. However, the number of students increased only from 18% in 2009 to 20% in 2016. The quantity of FV increased from 2579 to 4000 tons, and the duration of the SFVS increased from 9.8 to 19.6 days. In the AC, there were variations in EA, in the number of enrolled students (7.4% to 45.6%), in the cost per student (from €2.3 to €28), and in the duration in days (5.6 to 70 days). The recommendation to include local, seasonal, and organic foods was implemented in five of the eight years studied. The development and scope of the SFVS in Spain are still insufficient to generate an equitable healthy dietary pattern in the school population. However, the SFVS has generated an economic market for agricultural production due to the amount of FV distributed in each academic course. View Full-Text
Keywords: child; fruit; vegetables; school health services; public policy; environment and public health child; fruit; vegetables; school health services; public policy; environment and public health
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Soares, P.; Comino, I.; Martínez-Milán, M.A.; Davó-Blanes, M.C.; Altavilla, C.; Caballero, P. Implementation of the European School Fruit and Vegetables Scheme in Spain (2009–2017). Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 3898. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16203898

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Soares P, Comino I, Martínez-Milán MA, Davó-Blanes MC, Altavilla C, Caballero P. Implementation of the European School Fruit and Vegetables Scheme in Spain (2009–2017). International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2019; 16(20):3898. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16203898

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Soares, Panmela; Comino, Iris; Martínez-Milán, María A.; Davó-Blanes, M. C.; Altavilla, Cesare; Caballero, Pablo. 2019. "Implementation of the European School Fruit and Vegetables Scheme in Spain (2009–2017)" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 16, no. 20: 3898. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16203898

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