Lay people's views of school food policy options: associations with confidence, personal values and demographics

Worsley, Anthony 2006, Lay people's views of school food policy options: associations with confidence, personal values and demographics, Health education research, vol. 21, no. 6, pp. 848-861.

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Title Lay people's views of school food policy options: associations with confidence, personal values and demographics
Author(s) Worsley, Anthony
Journal name Health education research
Volume number 21
Issue number 6
Start page 848
End page 861
Publisher Oxford Journals
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2006
ISSN 0268-1153
1465-3648
Summary A random population survey administered by mail to examine lay people's views of children's food policies and their associations with demographics, personal values and confidence in authorities was conducted among adults in Victoria, Australia. Three hundred and seventy-seven people responded (response rate 57.6%). The questionnaire contained 35 items about children's healthy eating policy options plus details like personal values, confidence and demographic items. There was widespread support for healthy school food policies. The strongest support was for life skills education and school-based nutrition and physical education programmes. Many age-related associations indicated that people >48 years were more in favour of healthy eating policies than younger people. There were fewer statistically significant associations with parent status and sex. In contrast, many associations showed that respondents with strong equity–harmony values and those with least confidence in the authorities were most in favour of healthy eating policies for schoolchildren. It is concluded that there is widespread support for school-based health and nutrition education and for active school food policies. However, differences between demographic and values groups suggest the need for caution in the promotion of public health nutrition initiatives among schoolchildren.

Language eng
Field of Research 111712 Health Promotion
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, The Author
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