Table 3

Schools’ perspective on aspects of the school food policy
Principals Teachers
N % N %
School food policy (n = 70)
Rules 40 57.1
Recommendations 26 37.1
No food policy 4 5.7
Written food policy (n = 64)
Yes 57 89.1
no 7 10.9
Activities undertaken to inform parents about food policy (n = 62)*
School magazine 46 74.2
Informal meetings 35 56.5
Parent’s evening 5 8.1
Parent’s council 2 3.2
Interview on admission to school 7 11.3
Compliance with school food policy (n = 57)
Yes 45 78.9
Varying 5 8.7
No 7 12.2
Enforcement of school food policy (n = 62)*
Addressing child 19 30.6
Addressing parent 8 12.9
Addressing both parent and child 27 43.5
Addressing in classroom 6 9.7
Child not allowed to consume the unhealthy food 8 12.9
No set approach 6 9.7
Parental appreciation of school food policy (n = 62)
Good 54 87.1
Varying 7 11.2
Poor 1 1.6
Attention for nutrition by the school (n = 74)
Insufficient 6 8.1
Sufficient 65 87.8
No opinion 3 4.1
Role of the school in fostering healthy eating habits among children (principals n = 73; teachers n = 72)
Parents primarily responsible, school supportive role 54 74.0 64 88.9
School and parents equally responsible 12 16.4 4 5.6
School no responsibility 7 9.5 4 5.6

* Multiple answers possible.

van Ansem et al.

van Ansem et al. BMC Public Health 2013 13:339   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-339

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