Potential in-class strategies to increase children's vegetable consumption

Gemma Sharp, Simone Pettigrew, Shannon Wright, Iain Pratt, Sally Blane, Nicole Biagioni

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Objective The Crunch&Sip programme is a school-based nutrition initiative designed to increase the fruit, vegetable and water intakes of primary-school children. In recognition of the notable deficits in children's vegetable consumption, the present study explored the receptivity of school staff to a realignment of the Crunch&Sip programme to feature a primary focus on vegetable consumption. This involved investigating school staff members' perceptions of relevant barriers, motivators and facilitators. Design A multi-method approach was adopted that involved four focus groups and a survey (administered in paper and online formats) containing a mixture of open- and closed-ended items. Setting Western Australia. Subjects Staff from Western Australian schools participated in the focus groups (n 37) and survey (n 620). Results School staff were strongly supportive of modifying the Crunch&Sip programme to focus primarily on children's vegetable consumption and this was generally considered to be a feasible change to implement. Possible barriers identified included children's taste preferences and a perceived lack of parental support. Suggested strategies to overcome these barriers were education sessions for parents and children, teachers modelling vegetable consumption for their students and integrating vegetable-related topics into the school curriculum. Conclusions School staff are likely to support the introduction of school-based nutrition programmes that specifically encourage the consumption of vegetables. Potential barriers may be overcome through strategies to engage parents and children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1491-1499
Number of pages9
JournalPublic Health Nutrition
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Childhood nutrition
  • School environment
  • School-based nutrition strategies
  • Vegetable consumption

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