School Wide Activity

The ‘Optimal well-being, development and health for Danish children through a healthy New Nordic Diet’ (OPUS) School Meal Study

Initiative Description: The dietary intervention consisted of an ad libitum lunch meal, a midmorning snack and an afternoon snack served on each school day free of charge. The planned average energy content was approximately 800 kJ for the midmorning meal, 1700 kJ for the lunch meal and 1000 kJ for the afternoon meal, all with a planned macronutrient distribution in line with the Nordic Nutrition Recommendations

Study Results: The intervention increased reading speed (0·7 sentence, P= 0·009) and the number of correct sentences (1·8 sentences, P< 0·001), which corresponded to 11 and 25 %, respectively, of the effect of one school year. The percentage of correct sentences also improved (P< 0·001), indicating that the number correct improved relatively more than reading speed

Reference: Sørensen, L., Dyssegaard, C., Damsgaard, C., Petersen, R., Dalskov, S., Hjorth, M., . . . Egelund, N. (2015). The effects of Nordic school meals on concentration and school performance in 8- to 11-year-old children in the OPUS School Meal Study: A cluster-randomised, controlled, cross-over trial. British Journal of Nutrition, 113(8), 1280-1291. doi:10.1017/S0007114515000033

Level of Evidence: 3 out of 5 stars Very Good