• Type

    Comparative study with concurrent controls

  • Outcomes/Outputs

    Research impacts on vegetable intake,Research creates behaviour change relating to vegetable consumption

  • Scale


  • Setting

    Primary School

  • Population targeted

    Children - primary 5-12ys

  • Focus

    Vegetable consumption,Fruit consumption

  • Duration

    Short (<1 year)

  • Funding

  • Total cost



To measure the effect of a school-based health and media education intervention on fruit and vegetable consumption and related vegetables among 10-year-old Italian children




This study used a mixed methods approach, including a quasi-experimental main study and qualitative supplementary study to evaluate a 10-week school-based program for 5th grade students. Data were collected at before and directly after the intervention, and at 3-months after intervention completion. The 3 components of the program were: (i) health promotion, which included interactive activities promoting the consumption of fruits and vegetables; (ii) media education, which included interactive activities on how to critically analyse food advertisements (i.e. change slogan and photos of famous advertising of junk food); and (iii) a health communication media-based campaign (eight sessions once weekly), during which children created different media products related to fruits and vegetables targeting their parents.

Journal article: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/public-health-nutrition/article/using-a-mixedmethods-approach-to-measure-impact-of-a-schoolbased-nutrition-and-media-education-intervention-study-on-fruit-and-vegetable-intake-of-italian-children/4B4C3EC1BB1755E28D983A1D64A48ED7