This month’s paper is from Public Health Nutrition and is entitled ‘School food standards in the UK: implementation and evaluation’.
By September 2013 standards will have been introduced in all primary and secondary schools in the UK. Implementation of school food standards requires investment. The paper sets out the argument, with evidence, that it is critical to policy development that the value of this investment is measured using planned, appropriate, robust and timely evaluations.
Changes needed to hit free school meal targets, study reveals
Quality and size portions, rather than stigma, are the main reasons that pupils are not taking up their free school meals, according to new research by Leeds Metropolitan University, published this week in the journal Public Health Nutrition.
Between 2007 and 2008, EPINUT Research Group from Complutense University of Madrid (Spain) conducted a study of 2319 Spanish schoolchildren between 6 and 14 years. The results, published in Public Health Nutrition, showed significant differences in the waist-to-height ratio (WtHR) among children classified as undernourished, normally nourished, overweight and obese. Based on these results, researchers developed equations to estimate body fat percentage in both sexes from WtHR.