The Reform of School Catering in Hungary: Anatomy of a Health-Education Attempt

Kiss, Anna and Popp, József and Oláh, Judit and Lakner, Zoltán (2019) The Reform of School Catering in Hungary: Anatomy of a Health-Education Attempt. NUTRIENTS, 11 (4). p. 716. ISSN 2072-6643

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School lunch nutrition standards are an important carrier of messages on healthy eating and an efficient way of changing the nutritional behaviour of new generations. Many countries in Europe have a compulsory system of school meals; the Hungarian government also wanted to take action in order to improve the nutrition requirements of the school catering service. The Hungarian Ministry of Human Resources established some limits in the school catering system. However, increasing public pressure forced the legislating organ to considerably modify this regulation. The aim of this study is to analyse the causes of this failure, based on a conceptual framework of institutional economics and a strategic modelling of different institutes by examining the results of 72 interviews (33 experts, 26 parents and 13 teachers) conducted with representatives of different stakeholders. The results highlight the lack of preparation for the introduction of the new regulatory framework, as well as the inefficient communication between the different stakeholders. In order to support children in eating healthfully, a complex nutrition education program and continuous dialogue is needed between teachers, parents, catering staff and the government.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences / társadalomtudományok > HM Sociology / társadalomkutatás > HM4 Social processes / társadalmi folyamatok
Depositing User: Enikő Pergéné Szabó
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2019 12:09
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2019 12:09

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