has demonstrated the health benefits of eating a diet rich in fruit and
vegetables. In Northern European countries, the consumption of fruit and
vegetables tend to be below current recommendations. In several Southern
European countries, there is a concern that both the amount and variation
in fruit and vegetables eaten may be on decline. Thus, the main
objective of this project is to develop effective strategies to promote
adequate consumption levels of fruit and vegetables. Young adolescents
(11 to 13 years) and their parents are the main target groups of this
and fruit consumption and determinants of consumption levels (phase 1)
- To develop valid
and reliable instruments for assessing fruits
and vegetables consumption among school children and their parents,
and for identifying factors influencing consumption patterns both among
school children and their parents.
- To describe
- the consumption
levels of fruits and vegetables among schoolchildren and their parents,
- factors influencing
such consumption levels, and
differences in consumption patterns and determinants.
and evaluation of an intervention programme (phase 2)
- To design, implement
and evaluate the effect of culturally
relevant intervention programmes in different Euorpean settings. The
objective is to produce a 20% increase in the
consumption of fruits and vegetables among participating
children and parents.
The Pro Children
project consists of eight major work packages, aimed at:
- Designing a valid
and reliable instrument for assessing
intake of fruit and vegetables in European schoolchildren
and their parents.
- Identifying determinants
of young adolescents’ fruit and vegetable intake.
- Developing a theory-based
instrument to assess the psychosocial determinants of this intake.
- Conducting cross-sectional
survey across all nine European partner countries.
- Designing cuturally
relevant and theoretically similar intervention strategies to be tested
in the Netherlands, Norway and Spain.
- Investigating the
process of implementation across the three intervention sites.
- Investigating the
outcome and its sustainabililty, i.e. change in reported fruit and vegetable
intake, change in psychosocial determinants, and change in school and
community policy and availability issues concerning fruit and vegetables.
- Designing a joint
database and secure high-quality and comparable data across countries.
- Interpreting collected
and pooled data, report and disseminate results to the scientific community,
professional organisations, policy makers and to the general public.