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Examining the nutritional quality of food and beverage consumed at Melbourne aquatic and recreation centres

Boelsen-Robinson, Tara, Chung, Alexandra, Khalil, Marianne, Wong, Evelyn, Kurzeme, Ariana and Peeters, Anna 2017, Examining the nutritional quality of food and beverage consumed at Melbourne aquatic and recreation centres, Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, vol. 41, no. 2, pp. 184-186, doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12632.

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Title Examining the nutritional quality of food and beverage consumed at Melbourne aquatic and recreation centres
Author(s) Boelsen-Robinson, Tara
Chung, Alexandra
Khalil, Marianne
Wong, Evelyn
Kurzeme, Ariana
Peeters, AnnaORCID iD for Peeters, Anna orcid.org/0000-0003-4340-9132
Journal name Australian and New Zealand journal of public health
Volume number 41
Issue number 2
Start page 184
End page 186
Total pages 3
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Place of publication Chichester, Eng.
Publication date 2017-04
ISSN 1753-6405
Keyword(s) aquatic and recreation centre
child
nutrition
policy
sport
Australia
Beverages
Energy Intake
Female
Food
Food Preferences
Humans
Male
Nutrition Policy
Nutritive Value
Recreation
Sports
Summary OBJECTIVE: Examine the nutritional quality of food and beverages consumed across a sample of community aquatic and recreation centres in metropolitan Melbourne, Australia.

METHODS: Interviewer-administered surveys of randomly selected patrons attending four aquatic and recreation centres were conducted to ascertain food and beverage items consumed over two data collection periods (May-June 2014, January-February 2015). We selected centres in and around metropolitan Melbourne with a sit-down cafeteria and children's swimming classes. We classified items by government nutrient profiling guidelines; 'green' (best choice), 'amber' (choose carefully) or 'red' (limit).

RESULTS: A total of 2,326 surveys were conducted (response rate 63%). Thirty-five per cent of surveyed patrons consumed food or beverages while at the centre; 54% of patrons purchased from the café and 61% brought items to the centre. More than half the food consumed from the café was 'red', increasing to 92% for children. One in five children visiting the centre consumed a 'red' item bought from the centre café.

CONCLUSIONS: The nutritional quality of food and beverages consumed at recreation centres was generally poor, with the on-site cafés providing the majority of discretionary items consumed. Implications for public health: Community aquatic and recreation centres provide an opportunity to promote healthy eating by increasing the provision of healthy options and limiting discretionary food and drink items.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/1753-6405.12632
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
1117 Public Health And Health Services
1402 Applied Economics
1605 Policy And Administration
Socio Economic Objective 920401 Behaviour and Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2017, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivatives licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30090960

Document type: Journal Article
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