Translated title of the contribution: Nutrition education and school lunch programs: Agreement or discrepancy?

R. Maldonado, J. R. Villalbi

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The results of a survey on the school lunch programs and the school menus of 303 primary schools in Barcelona, Spain are presented. The school lunch programs of 75% percent of the schools are contracted out to external catering companies and the companies used represent a wide selection of those available in this sector. Use of the school lunch programs is higher for younger children. A nutritional assessment of school lunch programs identifies discrepancies with current dietary guidelines. For example, 66.5% offered cooked vegetables less than once a week, 37.2% offered fish less than once a week and 77.7% provided sweetened desserts instead of fresh fruits more than once a week. There are differences in the results depending on the type of school lunch program and the type of school. In a subsample of 40 schools, the effect of providing a written nutritional assessment of the school menu was evaluated. After a year, some changes were evident, suggesting that this assessment may have had a positive influence on school menu planning, resulting in healthier options being more readily available.

Translated title of the contributionNutrition education and school lunch programs: Agreement or discrepancy?
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)110-114
Number of pages5
JournalAnales Espanoles de Pediatria
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995


  • children's diet
  • menus
  • nutrition
  • nutrition education
  • school lunch

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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