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Early educators' practices and opinions in relation to pre-schoolers' dietary intake at pre-school: case Finland.
Public Health Nutr. 2019 06; 22(9):1567-1575.PH

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

We aimed to examine associations between early educators' feeding practices and opinions and children's dietary intake at pre-school, in a context where uniform meals are served and pre-schools are highly regulated.

DESIGN

Cross-sectional study. Food consumption data of the children consisted of two-day food records from pre-school kept by early educators. Early educators also reported their feeding practices and opinions on pre-school food. Serving style was observed.

SETTING

Municipal pre-schools in Southern and Western Finland.ParticipantsPre-schoolers (n 586) aged 3-6 years and early educators (n 378).

RESULTS

Early educators' positive opinion of the food served at pre-school and the opinion that sufficient vegetables were available for the children were positively associated with children's vegetable consumption. Early educators' role modelling and a positive opinion of the food were negatively associated with children's energy intake. Encouragement to eat fruit and vegetables was associated with higher fibre intake. Intake of added sugar was low (4·4 % of energy).

CONCLUSIONS

Some of the feeding practices and opinions of early educators were related to healthier dietary intake (higher vegetable consumption and fibre intake) among the children. However, in some respects, the results contradicted previous findings. Overall, early educators' feeding practices and opinions contribute to children's dietary intake and should be taken into account when promoting healthy food intake among pre-school children.

Authors+Show Affiliations

1Folkhälsan Research Center,Topeliuksenkatu 20,00250Helsinki,Finland.1Folkhälsan Research Center,Topeliuksenkatu 20,00250Helsinki,Finland.2Department of Food and Environmental Sciences,University of Helsinki,Helsinki,Finland.2Department of Food and Environmental Sciences,University of Helsinki,Helsinki,Finland.3School of Food and Agriculture,Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences,Seinäjoki,Finland.1Folkhälsan Research Center,Topeliuksenkatu 20,00250Helsinki,Finland.1Folkhälsan Research Center,Topeliuksenkatu 20,00250Helsinki,Finland.1Folkhälsan Research Center,Topeliuksenkatu 20,00250Helsinki,Finland.2Department of Food and Environmental Sciences,University of Helsinki,Helsinki,Finland.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

30782234

Citation

Lehto, Reetta, et al. "Early Educators' Practices and Opinions in Relation to Pre-schoolers' Dietary Intake at Pre-school: Case Finland." Public Health Nutrition, vol. 22, no. 9, 2019, pp. 1567-1575.
Lehto R, Ray C, Vepsäläinen H, et al. Early educators' practices and opinions in relation to pre-schoolers' dietary intake at pre-school: case Finland. Public Health Nutr. 2019;22(9):1567-1575.
Lehto, R., Ray, C., Vepsäläinen, H., Korkalo, L., Nissinen, K., Skaffari, E., Määttä, S., Roos, E., & Erkkola, M. (2019). Early educators' practices and opinions in relation to pre-schoolers' dietary intake at pre-school: case Finland. Public Health Nutrition, 22(9), 1567-1575. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1368980019000077
Lehto R, et al. Early Educators' Practices and Opinions in Relation to Pre-schoolers' Dietary Intake at Pre-school: Case Finland. Public Health Nutr. 2019;22(9):1567-1575. PubMed PMID: 30782234.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Early educators' practices and opinions in relation to pre-schoolers' dietary intake at pre-school: case Finland. AU - Lehto,Reetta, AU - Ray,Carola, AU - Vepsäläinen,Henna, AU - Korkalo,Liisa, AU - Nissinen,Kaija, AU - Skaffari,Essi, AU - Määttä,Suvi, AU - Roos,Eva, AU - Erkkola,Maijaliisa, Y1 - 2019/02/20/ PY - 2019/2/21/pubmed PY - 2020/10/21/medline PY - 2019/2/21/entrez KW - Children KW - Dietary intake KW - Feeding practices KW - Pre-school SP - 1567 EP - 1575 JF - Public health nutrition JO - Public Health Nutr VL - 22 IS - 9 N2 - OBJECTIVE: We aimed to examine associations between early educators' feeding practices and opinions and children's dietary intake at pre-school, in a context where uniform meals are served and pre-schools are highly regulated. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. Food consumption data of the children consisted of two-day food records from pre-school kept by early educators. Early educators also reported their feeding practices and opinions on pre-school food. Serving style was observed. SETTING: Municipal pre-schools in Southern and Western Finland.ParticipantsPre-schoolers (n 586) aged 3-6 years and early educators (n 378). RESULTS: Early educators' positive opinion of the food served at pre-school and the opinion that sufficient vegetables were available for the children were positively associated with children's vegetable consumption. Early educators' role modelling and a positive opinion of the food were negatively associated with children's energy intake. Encouragement to eat fruit and vegetables was associated with higher fibre intake. Intake of added sugar was low (4·4 % of energy). CONCLUSIONS: Some of the feeding practices and opinions of early educators were related to healthier dietary intake (higher vegetable consumption and fibre intake) among the children. However, in some respects, the results contradicted previous findings. Overall, early educators' feeding practices and opinions contribute to children's dietary intake and should be taken into account when promoting healthy food intake among pre-school children. SN - 1475-2727 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/30782234/Early_educators'_practices_and_opinions_in_relation_to_pre_schoolers'_dietary_intake_at_pre_school:_case_Finland_ L2 - https://www.cambridge.org/core/product/identifier/S1368980019000077/type/journal_article DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -