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Table 3 Schools’ perspective on aspects of the school food policy

From: School food policy at Dutch primary schools: room for improvement? Cross-sectional findings from the INPACT study

  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
  1. * Multiple answers possible.