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A process evaluation of student participation in a whole school food programme

Orme, Judy; Jones, Matthew; Salmon, Debra; Weitkamp, Emma; Kimberlee, Richard


Judy Orme
Professor/Ins Director ISHE

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Mathew Jones
Associate Professor in Public Health

Debra Salmon

Emma Weitkamp
Associate Professor in Science Communication


Purpose – Health promotion programmes are widely held to be more effective when the subjects of them actively participate in the process of change. The purpose of this paper is to report on an evaluation of the Food for Life Partnership programme, a multi-level initiative in England promoting healthier nutrition and food sustainability awareness for students and their families through involvement in cooking, growing, farm visits and School Nutrition Action Groups (SNAGs). Design/methodology/approach – The study adopted a mixed methods approach, drawing upon quantitative and qualitative data sources. The data sources included quantitative data on school level programme related activities, qualitative data collected through focus groups with children and reports from teachers and other staff involved in the delivery of the programme. Findings – The paper concludes that the pivotal role of SNAGs in catalysing and embracing a whole school approach must be seen as an important mechanism for any health promotion in complex school environments. Originality/value – This was a national evaluation of a unique school food project aiming to transform food culture in primary and secondary schools. The findings highlight the importance of a whole school approach to public health initiatives and the centrality of pupil participation in the success and sustainability of such interventions. © 2013, Emerald Group Publishing Limited


Orme, J., Jones, M., Salmon, D., Weitkamp, E., & Kimberlee, R. (2013). A process evaluation of student participation in a whole school food programme. Health Education, 113(3), 168-182.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Apr 12, 2013
Journal Health Education
Print ISSN 0965-4283
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 113
Issue 3
Pages 168-182
Keywords school health promotion, food, young people and participation, process evaluation
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