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What should be taught in secondary schools' nutrition and food systems education? Views from prominent food-related professionals in Australia

Sadegholvad, Sanaz, Yeatman, Heather, Parrish, Anne-Maree and Worsley, Anthony 2017, What should be taught in secondary schools' nutrition and food systems education? Views from prominent food-related professionals in Australia, Nutrients, vol. 9, no. 11, pp. 1-14, doi: 10.3390/nu9111207.

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Title What should be taught in secondary schools' nutrition and food systems education? Views from prominent food-related professionals in Australia
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 11
Article ID 1207
Start page 1
End page 14
Total pages 14
Publisher MDPI
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2017-11-02
ISSN 2072-6643
Keyword(s) adolescents
education
food systems
nutrition
secondary schools
and adolescents
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Nutrition & Dietetics
VEGETABLE CONSUMPTION
KNOWLEDGE
PREGNANCY
ATTITUDES
STUDENTS
FEASIBILITY
CURRICULUM
CONSUMERS
LITERACY
Summary Education can help young people to attain the knowledge and the skills that they need to make proper food choices and develop lifelong healthy eating patterns. This study explored the perspectives of prominent food-related professionals in Australia regarding essential nutrition and food systems (N&FS) education programs for adolescents during formal education. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 21 prominent food-related professionals in Australia. Interview transcripts were analysed thematically. Four essential areas for N&FS education programs were identified. (1) Key nutrition messages to a healthy lifestyle; (2) Skill development programs to enhance health and wellbeing; (3) Ethical food-related lessons to support environmental sustainability, farm animal welfare, local producers, and food security; and, (4) Introductory lessons about foods from farm to plate to facilitate more informed food choices. Findings of this study may provide new insights for curriculum developers in Australia for further assessment of the current gaps in N&FS components of secondary school curriculum. Integration of these four areas into secondary school curricula has the potential to enhance adolescents' knowledge of important scientific and ethical issues in a range of N&FS fields, and enable them to develop fundamental food-related life skills that are supportive of health and wellbeing.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/nu9111207
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
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