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Clare Harper, Research Nutritionist Selby 19 th April 2010 Primary School Food Survey 2009: The impact of regulating school food on children’s fruit and.

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1 Clare Harper, Research Nutritionist Selby 19 th April 2010 Primary School Food Survey 2009: The impact of regulating school food on children’s fruit and vegetable intakes

2 Primary School Food Survey 2009 Aim: to assess –provision of food and drink at lunchtime –food and drink choices of school lunch and packed lunch pupils –food and drink eaten by school lunch and packed lunch pupils –compliance with standards for school food. Fieldwork: Feb-April 2009; 5 consecutive days during lunchtime Sample: 136 primary schools 6,696 pupils having a school lunches 3,428 pupils having packed lunches

3 Slide 3 Results: 1. Provision - food and drink provided by caterers at lunchtime Each bar shows how many types of food or drink were provided in a given food group as a percentage of all items provided by the caterer at lunchtime

4 Slide 4 2. Food and drink selected by pupils at lunchtime Each bar shows the percentage of pupils having a school lunch who took an item of food or drink from a specific food group

5 Slide 5 3. Change in % of pupils having a school lunch who took an item of food and drink from a specific food group Each bar shows the change between 2005 and 2009 in the percentage of pupils having a school lunch who took an item of food or drink from a specific food group

6 Slide 6 4. Consumption by food group Overall: Pupils in 2009 were taking a healthier balance of foods compared with pupils in Wastage: In % of food and drink taken was wasted (23% in 2005) Lowest for: meat products, baked beans, other desserts, starchy food cooked in fat Highest for: vegetables, carbohydrate and vegetable dishes, fruit and salad

7 Slide 7 5. Pupil’s consumption of fruit and vegetables Number of portions of fruit and vegetables taken by school lunch and packed lunch pupils, by food group School lunchPacked lunch Food or drink % eating Consumers only All pupils % eating Consumers only All pupils Vegetables, salad or dishes with vegetables Baked beans and pulses Fruit or fruit-based desserts All foods containing vegetables, salad, baked beans, pulses or fruit (excluding fruit juice) Fruit juice All food and drink containing vegetables, baked beans, pulses or fruit (including fruit juice) Base: 3,428 packed lunch pupils; 6,696 school lunch pupils

8 Slide 8 Primary School Food Survey: Challenges Caterer’s need to: Continue to reduce the number of times that starchy foods cooked in fat and meat products are provided Increase the range of ways in which fruit and fruit-based desserts are provided Encourage more pupils to take fruit and fruit-based desserts at lunchtime Find more ways to include vegetables in recipes Increase the iron and zinc content of recipes and meals Select lower sodium products in cooking Pupils need to be encouraged to: Take more portions of fruit Eat more of the vegetables and fruit taken Choose alternatives to starchy foods cooked in oil and meat products even when they are on the menu

9 Slide 9 Primary School Food Survey: Conclusions Findings provide strong evidence Lunchtime food provision and food consumption in primary schools in England is substantially ‘healthier’ compared 2005 A large number of schools have catering provision which is compliant with most of the food-based and nutrient-based standards. Improvements need to be made Fruit and vegetable provision Encouraging pupils to make healthier food choices

10 Conclusion: School food today Slide 10 Pupils are taking and eating substantially more healthy school meals compared with pupils in 2005


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