The EU-Schoolfruit program is a Dutch nationwide nutrition education program for primary schools (see euschoolfruit.nl). Participating primary schools receive weekly 3 pieces of fruits and vegetables per pupil for free during 20 weeks (November-April) in order to promote fruit and vegetable consumption. Every year, around 3000 primary schools, out of the total approximate amount of 7000, are participating in this program.
Taste Lessons is another Dutch national school-based nutrition education program for primary schools (see smaaklessen.nl). The programme consists of 5 lessons for each grade, discussing various topics in relation to five themes: ‘taste’, ‘nutrition and health’, ‘cooking’, ‘food production’ and ‘consumer skills’. Teachers are able to implement Taste Lessons in a flexible way, during the whole school year. Every year, around 4500 primary schools, out of the total approximate amount of 7000, are participating this program.
The effect study
In the school year of 2018-2019 an effect study for EU-Schoolfruit has started. This effect study contains a quasi-experimental design with three arms: (1) schools that implement the EU-Schoolfruit program, (2) schools that implement the EU-Schoolfruit program and Taste Lessons and (3) schools that implement no nutrition education program. The nutrition knowledge, food literacy and fruit and vegetable intake of children (grade 6 and 7) will be assessed by a questionnaire during school time at baseline (T0, October 2018) and two follow-up measurements (T1, May 2019 and T2, October 2019).