Educational or Curriculum

Initiative Description: Two middle schools were randomly selected and assigned to the school conducting nutrition education (NE school), or to the Control school, in Mi Yun County, Beijing. The Nutrition Education school undertook a nutrition education course, which included three components: conducting in-class nutrition curriculum, organizing peer support activities and distributing knowledge brochures. The core component of the intervention in the NE school was determined according to the 2011 Chinese Residents Dietary Guidelines, which include the definition and importance of a balanced diet, the functions of the nutrients, nutrient deficiencies, and their effects, how to supplement necessary nutrients reasonably, good hygienic practices and food safety.

Study Results: Improved nutrition knowledge and healthy eating behaviors

Reference: Wang, D., Stewart, D., Chang, C., & Shi, Y. (2015). Effect of a school-based nutrition education program on adolescents’ nutrition-related knowledge, attitudes and behavior in rural areas of China. Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine, 20(4), 271–278.

Level of Evidence: 3 out of 5 stars Very Good