Increases in support structures for healthy eating especially in low decile schools in New Zealand
Article first published online: 8 NOV 2012
© 2012 The Authors. ANZJPH © 2012 Public Health Association of Australia
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Volume 36, Issue 6, pages 543–549, December 2012
How to Cite
Pledger, M., McDonald, J. and Cumming, J. (2012), Increases in support structures for healthy eating especially in low decile schools in New Zealand. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 36: 543–549. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2012.00930.x
- Issue published online: 10 DEC 2012
- Article first published online: 8 NOV 2012
- Submitted: August 2011 Revision requested: September 2011 Accepted: April 2012
- school environment;
- New Zealand;
Objective : To compare two surveys conducted in 2007 and 2009, of the food and nutrition environment in New Zealand primary schools.
Methods : A sample of primary schools was asked about foods and beverages provided or sold to students or used for fundraising, and nutrition-related policies and procedures. Comparisons were made between school decile groups and between years.
Results: Of primary schools selling food or beverages, 34% sold ‘everyday’ items once or more a day (39% in 2007) and 25% sold ‘occasional’ items once or more a day (36% in 2007). Two-thirds of schools sold food or beverages for fundraising, generally once a term or less. About half the schools had written policies about food (increased from 2007).
Conclusion: There have been some improvements in the food and nutrition environment, with primary schools from lower deciles more likely to be making changes.
Implications: The reduction in funding for nutrition-related programs in primary schools may hinder the sustainability of the changes seen, especially in low decile schools.