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Record number 507016
Title Unravelling the effect of the Dutch school-based nutrition programme Taste Lessons : The role of dose, appreciation and interpersonal communication
Author(s) Battjes-Fries, Marieke C.E.; Dongen, Ellen J.I. van; Renes, Reint Jan; Meester, Hante J.; Veer, Pieter van 't; Haveman-Nies, Annemien
Source BMC Public Health 16 (2016)1. - ISSN 1471-2458
Department(s) Human Nutrition (HNE)
FBR Consumer Science & Health
Strategic Communication
CS Corporate Governance & Legal ServicesCorporate Governance & Legal Services
Chair Sensory Science and Eating Behaviour
Chair Nutrition and Health over the Lifecourse
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2016
Keyword(s) Effect evaluation - Implementation - Nutrition education - Primary school - Process indicators

Background: To unravel the effect of school-based nutrition education, insight into the implementation process is needed. In this study, process indicators of Taste Lessons (a nutrition education programme for Dutch elementary schools) and their association with changes in behavioural determinants relevant to healthy eating behaviour are studied. Methods: The study sample consisted of 392 Dutch primary school children from 12 schools. Data were collected using teacher and child questionnaires at baseline, and at one and six months after the intervention. Multilevel regression analyses were conducted to study the association between dose, appreciation and children's engagement in interpersonal communication (talking about Taste Lessons with others after the lessons), and change in knowledge, awareness, skills, attitude, emotion, subjective norm and intention towards two target behaviours. Results: With an average implementation of a third of the programme activities, dose positively predicted change in children's subjective norm of the teacher after one month. Teachers and children highly appreciated Taste Lessons. Whereas teacher appreciation was inversely associated, child appreciation was positively associated with children's change in awareness, emotion and subjective norm of teachers after one month and in attitude and subjective norm of parents after six months. Interpersonal communication was positively associated with children's change in five determinants after one month and in attitude and intention after six months. Conclusions: The implementation process is related to the programme outcomes of Taste Lessons. Process data provide valuable insights into factors that contribute to the effect of interventions in real-life settings.

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