Revista de Nutrição
versão On-line ISSN 1678-9865
GAGLIANONE, Cristina Pereira et al. Nutrition education in public elementary schools of São Paulo, Brazil: the Reducing Risks of Illness and Death in Adulthood project. Rev. Nutr. [online]. 2006, vol.19, n.3, pp.309-320. ISSN 1678-9865. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1415-52732006000300002.
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this article was to analyze the development, implementation and impact of a nutrition education program on the knowledge and attitudes associated with healthy eating habits. METHODS: Controlled randomized trial comprising teachers and children of eight public schools; three of them were submitted to educational activities and the remaining ones were kept as controls. Effects of nutrition education were measured in terms of knowledge and attitudes. RESULTS: The results revealed an improvement in the food choice among students and a reduction in the intake of foods with high energy density. An improvement in the knowledge and attitudes of the teachers towards the prevention of obesity was also observed. CONCLUSION: Even with a positive attitude regarding the development of this proposal, there was a lack of support from the studied schools. Future studies and a greater involvement by the Health and Education sectors could overcome such barriers, improving the results of school-based programs to prevent obesity.
Palavras-chave : nutrition education; child nutrition; obesity; prevention & control.