School feeding is improving in Canada
Children’s school feeding has improved by 13 percent between 2004 and 2015, according to a study by the University of British Columbia.
Researchers looked at data from Canadian Community Health Surveys conducted in 2004 and 2015, which included some 7,000 children from across the country aged six to 17 years. Participants provided answers about their diet in the last 24 hours.
The study analyzed child nutrition during school hours, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, using the Canadian Healthy Eating Index (C-HEI), whose scores are derived from 11 components. a healthy diet.
The 13 percent improvement noted during this 11-year period is mainly attributed to an increase in fruit and vegetable consumption and a reduction in the consumption of calories from low-nutritious foods (such as sugary drinks and treats). savory).
Children’s school feeding still required good improvements in 2015 to meet Canada’s Food Guide. In both 2004 and 2015, children still consumed too few dark or orange green vegetables, whole fruits, whole grains and milk.
Finally, the diet of younger children was better than that of older children in both surveys.