Nutritional balance of breakfast of children 7 to 11 years of age : comparison between school health education and eating behavior at home
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Following the favourable impact of a health education programme carried out in a school setting concerning »healthy eating at breakfast », the consumption of food at home for all meals, and separately at breakfast time was evaluated by using a »food-frequency » questionnaire. These results were then compared with the results of the school health education programme which focused primarily on breakfasts. The results of the survey, which included 80 children between 7 and 11 years old, show a great stability in the choice of foods, and during the action interesting variations concerning the respective proportions of nutriments according the recommended dietary allowances. We noticed an increase in the consumption of glucides, starch, vegetable proteins, and certain micronutriments. These changes are minor, but they may have a great importance if they spread to the whole nutrition. One can advise to generalise such school health education interventions.