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Communication Strategies to Improve Healthy Food Consumption among Schoolchildren: Focus on Milk

Consiglio per la Ricerca in Agricoltura e l’Analisi dell’Economia Agraria, Centro di Ricerca CREA-Alimenti e Nutrizione, Via Ardeatina 546, 00178 Roma, Italy
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Academic Editor: Edgar Chambers IV
Received: 13 February 2017 / Revised: 22 June 2017 / Accepted: 30 June 2017 / Published: 5 July 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Milk: Bioactive Components and Role in Human Nutrition)
This work provides an updated picture of communication strategies developed to improve healthy dietary habits in schoolchildren, with a focus on the importance of milk consumption. The paper has investigated two main areas: the definition of the main orientations and key points of research approach relative to the communication methods, with special attention to multiple strategies and the identification of their peculiarities to increase daily milk consumption. The school environment is considered as a unique environment to help increase the adoption of a correct dietary habit and lifestyle; it increases physical activity by facilitating the flow of health-related information. In this regard, several studies have highlighted the importance and effectiveness of school-based interventions on a large-scale, also considering multiple contexts, early interventions as well as the involvement of teachers, students and families. The effective actions range from interventions on prices and the availability of desirable and undesirable foods to educational programmes that improve food knowledge and the choices of students and/or their parents. From the nutritional point of view, milk is an important component of a well-balanced diet—especially for children—because it contains essential nutrients. It is a substantial contributor to the daily energy intake; however, its consumption often declines with aging and becomes insufficient. Therefore, developing strategies to increase its consumption is an important objective to reach. View Full-Text
Keywords: children; healthy eating habits; milk; model and environments; school-based programmes children; healthy eating habits; milk; model and environments; school-based programmes
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Gennaro, L.; Durazzo, A.; Berni Canani, S.; Maccati, F.; Lupotto, E. Communication Strategies to Improve Healthy Food Consumption among Schoolchildren: Focus on Milk. Beverages 2017, 3, 32. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/beverages3030032

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Gennaro L, Durazzo A, Berni Canani S, Maccati F, Lupotto E. Communication Strategies to Improve Healthy Food Consumption among Schoolchildren: Focus on Milk. Beverages. 2017; 3(3):32. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/beverages3030032

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Gennaro, Laura, Alessandra Durazzo, Sibilla Berni Canani, Fabrizia Maccati, and Elisabetta Lupotto. 2017. "Communication Strategies to Improve Healthy Food Consumption among Schoolchildren: Focus on Milk" Beverages 3, no. 3: 32. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/beverages3030032

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