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Promoting and sustaining health through increased vegetable
and fruit consumption among European schoolchildren

Contract number : QLK1-2001-00547
Contract type : Shared Cost Project
Total cost : € 1.337.251
EC contribution : € 1.337.251
Starting date : 1/04/2002
Duration : 48 Months
Scientific Officer : Jürgen Lucas
Project website : not yet available
Prof. Dr Knut-Inge Klepp
University of Oslo
Institute for Nutrition Research
Sognsvannsveien 9
0316 Oslo
Tel.: +47-22851378
Fax: +47-22851531
E-mail: k.i.klepp @

Fruits and vegetables (F & V) contribute to the prevention of chronic diseases. The current intake is below recommended levels in most European countries. The aim of this project is to identify determinants of F & V intake among school children, and to develop effective strategies to promote adequate consumption levels. Cross-sectional surveys will be implemented in representative samples of school children in nine European countries, and a comprehensive intervention programme will be developed and tested in three countries. It is expected that the project will provide important insight into F & V consumption patterns in different countries and into psychological and socio-demographic determinants of such consumption patterns. The project is also expected to result in a set of intervention strategies appropriate and effective in promoting F & V among school children and their parents across Europe.

  • To develop valid and reliable instruments for assessing fruits and vegetables consumption and factors influencing the consumption patterns among school children and parents;
  • To determine the consumption levels of fruits and vegetables and factors influencing the consumption of fruits and vegetables among school children and their parents in participating countries and in various sub-groups (such as gender, socio-economic groups and cultural background) and across countries.
  • To design culturally relevant, but theoretically similar intervention programmes to be implemented in three participating countries. These programmes will all include a school-based education and food service component, as well as family involvement.
  • To determine the applicability, impact, effect and cost-effectiveness of the intervention.
(expected) Results and achievements

The cross-sectional surveys among school children in nine countries assessing F & V consumption and its determinants will enhance our understanding of consumer choices and attitudes regarding F & V. The intervention programme in three countries will lead to a set of appropriate intervention strategies that are effective in promoting F & V among school children and their parents across Europe.


Ayuntamiento de Bilbao
Unidad de Nutrición Comunitaria
Luis Briñas 18 4th Floor
48013 Bilbao
University of Iceland
Landspitali-University Hospital
Unit for Nutrition Research
PO Box 10
101 Reykjavík
University of Copenhagen
Department of Social Medicine & Psychosocial Health
Institute of Public Health
3, Blegdamsvej
2200 Copenhagen N
Universidade do Porto
Faculdade de Ciências da Nutricão e Alimentacão
Rua da Roberto Frias
4200 Porto
Institute of Nutritional Sciences
Universität Wien
Althanstraße 14
1090 Wien
The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University
Research Department of Human Nutrition
Rolighedsvej 30
1958 Frederiksberg C
University Maastricht
Department of Health Education and Promotion
Universiteitssingel 50
PO Box 616
6229 ER Maastricht
The Netherlands
Karolinska Institutet
Unit for Preventive Nutrition
141 57 Huddinge
Universiteit Gent
Department of Movement and Sport Sciences
Watersportlaan 2
9000 Gent

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