Environmental interventions to promote vegetable and fruit consumption among youth in school settings

Simone A. French, Gloria Stables

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Abstract

Background. This paper reviews the available literature on the school food environment with a focus on identifying effective strategies to promote vegetable and fruit (VF) consumption among youth in school settings. Methods. Studies were identified through a search of electronic databases as well as references cited within published articles. Seven studies were identified that evaluated changes in VF intake and included a control group. Four additional school-based interventions were reviewed that focused on changes in VF intake as part of a multibehavior intervention. Results. Multicomponent school interventions have been effective in increasing F intake, with reported increases ranging from 0.2 to 0.6 servings per day. Impact on V intake has been less effective, with increases ranging from 0 to 0.3 servings per day. Total VF increases ranged from 0 to 0.6 servings per day. Results of environmental-only, school-based interventions have shown positive effects on students' choice of targeted foods. Conclusions. Environmental change interventions in schools show potential for positively affecting VF consumption among youth.

LanguageEnglish (US)
Pages593-610
Number of pages18
JournalPreventive Medicine
Volume37
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2003

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Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Children
  • Environment
  • Fruits
  • Nutrition
  • Schools
  • Vegetables

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  • Journal Article
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
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Environmental interventions to promote vegetable and fruit consumption among youth in school settings. / French, Simone A.; Stables, Gloria.

In: Preventive Medicine, Vol. 37, No. 6, 12.2003, p. 593-610.

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