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The Reform of School Catering in Hungary: Anatomy of a Health-Education Attempt

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Faculty of Food Science, Szent István University, Budapest 1118, Hungary
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Institute of Sectoral Economics and Methodology, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Debrecen, Debrecen 4032, Hungary
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Institute of Applied Informatics and Logistics, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Debrecen, Debrecen 4032, Hungary
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Nutrients 2019, 11(4), 716; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu11040716
Received: 14 January 2019 / Revised: 21 March 2019 / Accepted: 25 March 2019 / Published: 27 March 2019
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Abstract

School lunch nutrition standards are an important carrier of messages on healthy eating and an efficient way of changing the nutritional behaviour of new generations. Many countries in Europe have a compulsory system of school meals; the Hungarian government also wanted to take action in order to improve the nutrition requirements of the school catering service. The Hungarian Ministry of Human Resources established some limits in the school catering system. However, increasing public pressure forced the legislating organ to considerably modify this regulation. The aim of this study is to analyse the causes of this failure, based on a conceptual framework of institutional economics and a strategic modelling of different institutes by examining the results of 72 interviews (33 experts, 26 parents and 13 teachers) conducted with representatives of different stakeholders. The results highlight the lack of preparation for the introduction of the new regulatory framework, as well as the inefficient communication between the different stakeholders. In order to support children in eating healthfully, a complex nutrition education program and continuous dialogue is needed between teachers, parents, catering staff and the government. View Full-Text
Keywords: institutional economics; MACTOR model; nutrition policy; prevention; semi-quantitative methods; strategic analysis institutional economics; MACTOR model; nutrition policy; prevention; semi-quantitative methods; strategic analysis
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Kiss, A.; Popp, J.; Oláh, J.; Lakner, Z. The Reform of School Catering in Hungary: Anatomy of a Health-Education Attempt. Nutrients 2019, 11, 716.

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