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Stakeholder Generated Ideas for Alternative School Food Provision Models in Australia Using the Nominal Group Technique

Caring Futures Institute, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University, Bedford Park 5042, Australia
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(21), 7935; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17217935
Received: 9 October 2020 / Revised: 27 October 2020 / Accepted: 28 October 2020 / Published: 29 October 2020
Good nutrition is important for children’s learning, growth, and development, yet food intake during school hours does not align with recommendations. In Australia, most school children currently bring a packed lunch from home, but what if there was a different way? This project aimed to engage a diverse range of stakeholders to (1) generate, refine and prioritize ideas for novel models of food provision to Australian children within school hours, and (2) to determine and rank the potential barriers and facilitators to changing the school food provision system. This study used nominal group technique virtual workshops—three idea generation workshops (n = 21 participants) and one consensus workshop (n = 11 participants). School lunch prepared onsite was the top ranked food provision model option based on impact and achievability. Potential barriers (n = 26) and facilitators (n = 28) to changing the school food system were generated. The top ranked barrier and facilitator related to government support. This study highlights that there is an opportunity to explore partnerships and utilize existing skills and infrastructure to introduce a universal school-provided lunch model in Australia. The next steps should focus on building the business case capturing the social value of investing in school lunches, including considering parent-paid and subsidized options. View Full-Text
Keywords: school food; nutrition; children; consensus process; nominal group technique; school lunches; lunch box; nutrition promotion; school meals; food service school food; nutrition; children; consensus process; nominal group technique; school lunches; lunch box; nutrition promotion; school meals; food service
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Johnson, B.J.; Zarnowiecki, D.; Hutchinson, C.L.; Golley, R.K. Stakeholder Generated Ideas for Alternative School Food Provision Models in Australia Using the Nominal Group Technique. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 7935. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17217935

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Johnson BJ, Zarnowiecki D, Hutchinson CL, Golley RK. Stakeholder Generated Ideas for Alternative School Food Provision Models in Australia Using the Nominal Group Technique. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(21):7935. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17217935

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Johnson, Brittany J.; Zarnowiecki, Dorota; Hutchinson, Claire L.; Golley, Rebecca K. 2020. "Stakeholder Generated Ideas for Alternative School Food Provision Models in Australia Using the Nominal Group Technique" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 17, no. 21: 7935. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17217935

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