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School meals do not have a given place in Swedish school’s quality management
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Food and Nutrition.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3731-6565
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Food and Nutrition. (Arcum)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9743-8567
2016 (English)In: Health Education Journal, ISSN 0017-8969, E-ISSN 1748-8176, 10.1177/0017896916644000Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objectives: Sweden is one of three countries worldwide which has a legal requirement to ensure thatpupils in compulsory school should be offered free, nutritious school meals. Furthermore, the law statesthat school meal provision should be included in schools’ internal quality management (IQM) system. Theobjective of this study was to examine to what extent schools in Sweden are following the legal requirementto include school meals in IQM and the relationship between this inclusion and the application of governmentadvisory guidelines regarding school meals.Design: Cross-sectional study.Setting: Head teachers evenly distributed across all regions in Sweden representing municipality schools,independent schools and Sami schools.Method: Web-based questionnaire completed by 216 head teachers.Results: About half of the schools did not meet the legal requirement to include schools meals in the IQM.Furthermore, familiarity with and use of the National Food Agency (NFA) guidelines and the web-based toolSchool Food Sweden, as well as activities considered as part of a pedagogical school meal and the inclusionof school meals in interdisciplinary work, were reported to be less common in schools not including schoolmeals in their IQM system.Conclusion: Findings suggest that when there is inclusion of school meals in a school’s quality managementsystem, the school is also more likely to include school meals as part of educational activities. By acknowledgingschool meal provision as part of the educational process, possibilities are opened up for health-promotingactivities to prevent non-communicable disease.

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2016. 10.1177/0017896916644000
Keyword [en]
Education, Five Aspects Meal Model, health, internal quality management, school meals, Sweden
Keyword [sv]
Utbildning, FAMM, hälsa, systematiskt kvalitetsarbete, skolmåltider, Sverige
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Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
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Food and Nutrition
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-124552DOI: 10.1177/0017896916644000OAI: diva2:952911
Available from: 2016-08-16 Created: 2016-08-16 Last updated: 2016-08-17

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