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Professionals' recommended strategies to improve Australian adolescents' knowledge of nutrition and food systems

Sadegholvad, Sanaz, Yeatman, Heather, Parrish, Anne-Maree and Worsley, Anthony 2017, Professionals' recommended strategies to improve Australian adolescents' knowledge of nutrition and food systems, Nutrients, vol. 9, no. 8, pp. 1-12, doi: 10.3390/nu9080844.

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Title Professionals' recommended strategies to improve Australian adolescents' knowledge of nutrition and food systems
Author(s) Sadegholvad, Sanaz
Yeatman, Heather
Parrish, Anne-Maree
Worsley, AnthonyORCID iD for Worsley, Anthony orcid.org/0000-0002-4635-6059
Journal name Nutrients
Volume number 9
Issue number 8
Article ID 844
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Publisher MDPI
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2017-08-07
ISSN 2072-6643
Keyword(s) Australian adolescents
education strategies
food systems
knowledge
nutrition
Adolescent
Australia
Curriculum
Female
Food
Health Education
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Health Occupations
Healthy Diet
Male
Nutritional Sciences
Schools
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Nutrition & Dietetics
HEALTH-PROMOTING SCHOOLS
SOCIAL MEDIA
ATTITUDES
EDUCATION
INTERVENTION
BEHAVIORS
STUDENTS
CONSUMPTION
TEACHERS
CONSUMER
Summary Background: Education and policy measures within schools are valuable strategies to promote health. This study explored views of experienced food-related educators, researchers and policy-makers regarding their recommended strategies to improve Australian adolescents’ knowledge of nutrition and food systems (N&FS).

Methods: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with twenty-one experienced food-related experts from across Australia. Interviews were conducted either by telephone or face-to-face. Recorded interviews were transcribed verbatim and analyzed thematically.

Results:
Five central themes and five sub-themes were identified from food professionals’ suggestions for best strategies to improve adolescents’ knowledge of N&FS. The central themes included: (1) specific improvements in schools’ core curricula; (2) pre-service and in-service training of school teachers about N&FS; (3) training students to develop a critical mind about N&FS issues; (4) multidisciplinary collaborations to improve school-based N&FS education; and (5) a supportive N&FS education environment for students.

Conclusion and implication:
These findings provide a guide for curriculum developers, educational policy developers, and food educators to incorporate the suggested N&FS strategies into Australian education programs in order to improve Australian adolescents’ knowledge and skills of N&FS issues. The results of this investigation also may assist the development of international N&FS curricula guides.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/nu9080844
Field of Research 1111 Nutrition And Dietetics
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 licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30109018

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