Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/310948
Title:
Marketing of foodstuffs in post primary schools in Ireland
Authors:
Kelly, Colette; Nic Gabhainn, Saoirse
Publisher:
Irish Heart Foundation (IHF)
Issue Date:
Mar-2007
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/310948
Item Type:
Study
Language:
en
Description:
This survey was conducted to identify the level and type of marketing of foodstuffs in post-primary schools in the Republic of Ireland. The response rate from the various types of post-primary schools in Ireland is representative of the proportion of such schools in the country. A summary of the main findings is provided below. This survey demonstrates a variety of food outlets e.g. tuck shops (53.2%), canteens (53.2%) and drinks vending machines (44.7%) in operation in post primary schools in Ireland, with a high proportion of schools also reporting a shop close to the grounds (64.4%). A variety of healthy foods are available through one or more of these outlets including juice (78.4%), sandwiches (73.9%) and fruit (62%). However, confectionary (74.1%), salty snacks/crisps (57.2%), fizzy/high sugar drinks (51.8%), diet drinks (50.2%) and biscuits, cakes and pastries (32.6%), which are of poor nutrient density, are also widely available. Although the report of the National Taskforce on Obesity recommends that all schools should be encouraged to develop school polices to promote healthy lifestyles, just over a third of schools (36%) reported having a healthy eating policy in place. Of course, the existence of such policies does not guarantee successful implementation and indeed, some of the difficulties in putting the policies into practice were highlighted by a few respondents. These included food preferences of children and the availability and accessibility of unhealthy foods in the local school vicinity. Nonetheless healthy eating polices have been shown to positively impact on students’ food choices and diets, and this survey illustrated that schools in Ireland are open to receiving guidance and support on these matters.
Keywords:
CHILD NUTRITION; SCHOOL

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorKelly, Coletteen_GB
dc.contributor.authorNic Gabhainn, Saoirseen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2014-01-06T16:35:31Z-
dc.date.available2014-01-06T16:35:31Z-
dc.date.issued2007-03-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/310948-
dc.descriptionThis survey was conducted to identify the level and type of marketing of foodstuffs in post-primary schools in the Republic of Ireland. The response rate from the various types of post-primary schools in Ireland is representative of the proportion of such schools in the country. A summary of the main findings is provided below. This survey demonstrates a variety of food outlets e.g. tuck shops (53.2%), canteens (53.2%) and drinks vending machines (44.7%) in operation in post primary schools in Ireland, with a high proportion of schools also reporting a shop close to the grounds (64.4%). A variety of healthy foods are available through one or more of these outlets including juice (78.4%), sandwiches (73.9%) and fruit (62%). However, confectionary (74.1%), salty snacks/crisps (57.2%), fizzy/high sugar drinks (51.8%), diet drinks (50.2%) and biscuits, cakes and pastries (32.6%), which are of poor nutrient density, are also widely available. Although the report of the National Taskforce on Obesity recommends that all schools should be encouraged to develop school polices to promote healthy lifestyles, just over a third of schools (36%) reported having a healthy eating policy in place. Of course, the existence of such policies does not guarantee successful implementation and indeed, some of the difficulties in putting the policies into practice were highlighted by a few respondents. These included food preferences of children and the availability and accessibility of unhealthy foods in the local school vicinity. Nonetheless healthy eating polices have been shown to positively impact on students’ food choices and diets, and this survey illustrated that schools in Ireland are open to receiving guidance and support on these matters.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherIrish Heart Foundation (IHF)en_GB
dc.subjectCHILD NUTRITIONen_GB
dc.subjectSCHOOLen_GB
dc.titleMarketing of foodstuffs in post primary schools in Irelanden_GB
dc.typeStudyen
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