3. Nutrition & Healthy Eating

To develop a validated nutrition evaluation and nutrition information resource for the pre-school setting to promote an improved nutrition environment and food provision in this setting

Project Reference:

01-2008

Status:

Completed

Commencement Date:

March, 2008

Project Duration:

48 months

Abstract:

Establishing good lifestyle habits, including positive attitudes and behaviours around food is one of the key cornerstones to shaping future health. This starts during the pre-school years when children grow rapidly and begin to learn about the environment around them. Providing an environment that supports healthy eating both at home and at school is important.

Early nutrition intervention is a priority for safefood. This project aimed to meet this priority through establishing an incentive scheme for full day care pre-schools in an effort to help improve their nutrition practices. The project supports the implementation of the Food and Nutrition Guidelines for Pre-School Services by facilitating pre-schools to promote nutrition standards and food safety through the use of a motivational model.

A simple randomised study was carried out with direct observational data recorded both pre- and post-intervention, using a specifically developed and validated Pre-school Health Promotion Activity Scored Evaluation Form. Post-intervention, self-assessment data were also collected using the same evaluation tool. Ensuring parental involvement was seen as key in this process, as was the inclusion of a representative sample of pre-schools from all socio-economic backgrounds.

Principal Contractor(s):

Ms. Corina Glennon Slattery, HSE – Dublin Mid-Leinster

Collaborator(s):

Single supplier

Outputs:

Report:

What is a serving size? A Guide for Pre-schools

Peer review:

Johnston Molloy C, Murtagh M, Corish CA, Kearney J & Glennon C (2007) An exploration of food provision, and commitment to the introduction of a nutrition incentive scheme, in the pre-school setting. Proc Nutr Soc 66, 109A.

Molloy CJ, De Siún A, Kennelly S & Slattery CG (2007) A study to determine the view of Irish pre-schools, on the use of a scored evaluation form as a motivational tool, to improve food provision in this setting. J Hum Nutr Diet 20, 382.

Johnston Molloy C, Corish C, Kearney J, Hayes N & Glennon Slattery C (2010) Letters to the Editor. J Hum Nutr Diet 23, 426-427.

Johnston Molloy C, Corish C, Kearney J, Hayes N & Glennon Slattery C (2011a)Developing a nutrition assessment tool for Irish pre-schools. Nutrition & Food Science 41, 44-53.

Johnston Molloy C, Corish C, Kearney J, Hayes N & Glennon Slattery C (2011b) Fluid provision in the Irish full day care pre-school setting. J Hum Nutr Diet 24, 290-291.

Johnston Molloy C, Corish C, Kearney J, Hayes N & Glennon Slattery C (2011c) An observational study in Irish full day care pre-schools to determine nutrition practice. Proc Nutr Soc 70, E109.

Johnston Molloy C, Hayes N, Kearney J, Glennon Slattery C & Corish C (2012) Researching young children's perception of food in Irish pre-schools: An ethical dilemma. Research Ethics 8, 155-164.

Johnston Molloy C, Kearney J, Hayes N, Glennon Slattery C & Corish C (2013) Preschool manager training: a cost-effective tool to promote nutrition and health-related practice improvements in the Irish full-day-care pre-school setting. Public Health Nutrition. 1-11

Johnston Molloy C, Kearney J, Hayes N, Glennon Slattery C & Corish C (2014) Healthy incentive scheme in the Irish full-day-care pre-school setting Proc Nutr Soc 73, 147-158.