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Canadian Journal of Public Health

, Volume 99, Issue 2, pp 107–113 | Cite as

Assessing the Impact of the Primary School-based Nutrition Intervention Petits cuistots — parents en réseaux

  • Sherri L. BissetEmail author
  • Louise Potvin
  • Mark Daniel
  • Manon Paquette
Article

Abstract

Objectives

This study sought to provide an intermediate impact assessment of the nutrition intervention Petits cuistots — parents en réseaux (Little Cooks — Parental Networks) on: 1) knowledge, attitude, capacity and experience with regard to nutrition, diet and cookery, and 2) parental and/or family participation in school.

Participants

A total of 388 students from grades 5 (participants) and 6 (non-participants).

Setting

The evaluation of the nutrition intervention took place in each of the seven participating elementary schools, all of which are located in Montreal’s most disadvantaged neighbourhoods.

Intervention

The program component “Little Cooks” is a nutrition workshop run by community dieticians. Each of the eight annual workshops features a food item and nutrition theme with a recipe for a collective food preparation and tasting experience. Classroom teachers participate to provide classroom management and program support. The “Parental Networks” component of the program invites parents to assist with the nutrition workshop, and offers additional parent and family activities which link to nutrition workshop themes (e.g., dinners or visits to local food producers).

Outcome

The program had some impact on knowledge of the nutrient content of food, food produce and cooking; attitude and experience with tasting of new or less common foods; and perceived cooking capacity. Families with students participating in the program participated more in school activities than did families of students not in the program.

Conclusions

Our assessment indicates a potential program impact upon several intermediate impact measures, and in so doing highlights a promising nutrition capacity-promoting intervention.

Key words

Program evaluation primary schools food habits health promotion 

Résumé

Objectifs

Cette étude vise à produire une évaluation intermédiaire des effets de l’intervention nutritionnelle «Petits cuistots - parents en réseaux»; elle est fondée sur un ensemble de mesures des effets du programme, dont 1) les connaissances, les attitudes, les habiletés et l’expérience à ‘égard de la nutrition, de l’alimentation et de l’art culinaire chez les enfants et 2) la participation parentale et/ou familiale à l’école.

Participants

Un total de 388 élèves de 5e année (participants) et de 6e année (non-participants).

Lieu

L’évaluation du programme nutritionnel a eu lieu dans les sept écoles primaires participantes. Les écoles étaient toutes situées dans des quartiers défavorisés de Montréal.

Intervention

Le volet «Petits cuistots» est un atelier nutritionnel animé par des diététiciennes communautaires. Chacun des huit ateliers annuels présente un aliment particulier et un thème nutritionnel avec une recette pour faire l’expérience de cuisiner et de déguster ensemble. Les enseignantes participent à l’atelier et assurent la gestion de la classe et le soutien au programme. Le volet «Parents en réseaux» invite les parents à assister aux ateliers nutritionnels et offre des activités parentales et familiales additionnelles liées aux thèmes des ateliers nutritionnels (p. ex., repas collectifs ou visites chez des producteurs agricoles locaux).

Résultats

Le programme a eu certains effets sur la connaissance de la valeur nutritive, de la production et de la transformation des aliments; sur l’attitude et l’expérience quant au fait de goûter des aliments nouveaux ou moins connus; et sur la perception de la capacité à cuisiner. Les familles dont les enfants ont participé au programme ont eu un niveau de participation plus élevé aux activités scolaires que les familles des élèves qui n’ont pas participé au programme.

Conclusions

Notre évaluation montre certains effets potentiels du programme sur diverses mesures intermédiaires des effets et met ainsi en évidence une intervention prometteuse en vue de promouvoir les capacités nutritionnelles.

Mots clés

intervention nutritionnelle évaluation des effets santé scolaire enfants et jeunes 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sherri L. Bisset
    • 1
    Email author
  • Louise Potvin
    • 1
  • Mark Daniel
    • 2
  • Manon Paquette
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, GRIS (Groupe de recherche interdisciplinaire en santé), and Centre de recherche Léa-Roback sur les inégalités sociales de santé de MontréalUniversity of MontréalMontréalCanada
  2. 2.Axe santé des populations, Centre de recherche du Centre hospitalier de l’Université de MontréalCanada

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