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The price of healthy and unhealthy foods in Australian primary school canteens

Wyse, Rebecca, Wiggers, John, Delaney, Tessa, Ooi, Jia Ying, Marshall, Josephine, Clinton-McHarg, Tara and Wolfenden, Luke 2017, The price of healthy and unhealthy foods in Australian primary school canteens, Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, vol. 41, no. 1, pp. 45-47, doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12624.

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Title The price of healthy and unhealthy foods in Australian primary school canteens
Author(s) Wyse, Rebecca
Wiggers, John
Delaney, Tessa
Ooi, Jia Ying
Marshall, Josephine
Clinton-McHarg, Tara
Wolfenden, Luke
Journal name Australian and New Zealand journal of public health
Volume number 41
Issue number 1
Start page 45
End page 47
Total pages 3
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication Milton, Qld.
Publication date 2017-02
ISSN 1753-6405
Keyword(s) nutrition
schools
public health
students
pricing
Australia
Child
Commerce
Diet
Female
Food
Health Promotion
Humans
Male
Nutritive Value
Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
ENVIRONMENT
POLICIES
CREATE
Summary Objective: To describe the price of Australian school canteen foods according to their nutritional value.

Methods: Primary school canteen menus were collected as part of a policy compliance randomised trial. For each menu item, dietitians classified its nutritional value; ‘green’ (‘good sources of nutrients’), ‘amber’ (‘some nutritional value’), ‘red’ (‘lack adequate nutritional value’) and assigned a food category (e.g. ‘Drinks’, ‘Snacks’). Pricing information was extracted. Within each food category, ANOVAs assessed differences between the mean price of ‘green’, ‘amber’ and ‘red’ items, and post-hoc tests were conducted.

Results: Seventy of the 124 invited schools participated. There were significant differences in the mean price of ‘green’, ‘amber’ and ‘red foods’ across categories, with ‘green’ items more expensive than ‘amber’ items in main-meal categories (‘Sandwiches’ +$0.43, ‘Hot Foods’ +$0.71), and the reverse true for non-meal categories (‘Drinks’ −$0.13, ‘Snacks’ −$0.18, ‘Frozen Snacks’ −$0.25^).

Conclusion: Current pricing may not encourage the purchasing of healthy main-meal items by and for students. Further investigation of pricing strategies that enhance the public health benefit of existing school canteen policies and practices are warranted.

Implications for Public Health: Providing support to canteen managers regarding healthy canteen policies may have a positive impact on public health nutrition.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/1753-6405.12624
Field of Research 1117 Public Health And Health Services
1402 Applied Economics
1605 Policy And Administration
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2016, 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:30100745

Document type: Journal Article
Collections: School of Health and Social Development
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