Increasing fruit and water consumption at Primrose Hill Primary School March-July 2015

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Authors
Biddulph, Rachael
Issue Date
2016
Educational Level
ISCED Level 0 Early childhood education
ISCED Level 1 Primary education
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Geographical Setting
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Abstract
Aim:
The purpose of the study was to increase fruit and water consumption at Primrose Hill Primary School by training the school council to be healthy eating advocates and evaluating the impact of the program.

Methods:
The participants were the school council members of Primrose Hill Primary School, aged between 8-11, who were trained to become MHCs to deliver healthy eating messages to their peers. The MHC programme used a peer-led approach to create a shift in pupils' knowledge, attitudes and behaviours. Activities, group work and problem solving were used to teach the school council about healthy eating and to plan strategies to create behaviour change.

Findings:
The MHC programme had a positive impact on fruit and water consumption at morning break, increasing from 3% to 66% for fruit and from 53% to 73% for water.

Implications:
The findings suggest that a programme involving peer-led approaches had a positive impact on fruit and water consumption at morning break and knowledge about healthy eating.
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problem solving , behaviour , healthy eating , group work , early childhood education , primary education
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