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Influencing factors of children's fruit, vegetable and sugar-enriched food intake in a Finnish preschool setting - Preschool personnel's perceptions.

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Source
Appetite. 2016 Aug 01;103:72-79
Publication Type
Article
Date
Aug-01-2016
Author
Carola Ray
Suvi Määttä
Reetta Lehto
Gun Roos
Eva Roos
Source
Appetite. 2016 Aug 01;103:72-79
Date
Aug-01-2016
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Child Behavior - ethnology
Child Nutritional Physiological Phenomena - ethnology
Child, Preschool
Dietary Sugars - adverse effects
Female
Finland
Focus Groups
Food Services - standards
Fruit
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice - ethnology
Healthy Diet - ethnology
Humans
Local Government
Male
Patient Compliance - ethnology
Peer Influence
Professional Role
School Nursing - manpower
School Teachers
Schools, Nursery - manpower - standards
Socioeconomic Factors
Vegetables
Abstract
A large proportion of young children spend most of their weekdays at preschool in Western countries. In Finland, three meals are included in a full day at preschool. These meals have the potential to promote healthy eating. This study aimed to obtain the personnel's (preschool teachers, day-care nurses) views on the factors influencing children's fruit, vegetable, and sugar-enriched food intake at preschool.
Four focus groups, in all 14 preschool personnel. Two researchers independently analysed the data using a socio-ecological framework.
At the child level, age, peers, and the child's personality were recognized as factors influencing the fruit and vegetable (FV) and sugar-enriched food intake. At the preschool level, both the physical and social environments were discussed thoroughly, whereas at the societal level, policies of the EU, the state, and the municipality were mentioned as factors that influence what children eat in preschool. The personnel also discussed the interactions between factors both between levels and within levels.
In Finnish preschools, children's food intake is influenced on and within several levels of the socio-ecological model. The identification of the factors influencing food intake allows different methods of intervention at multiple levels to promote healthy eating behaviours in preschools.
PubMed ID
27020091 View in PubMed
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