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School Nutrition Education Programmes in the Pacific Islands Scoping Review and Capacity Needs Assessment

Nutrition is an important contributor to the health status of an individual, and wider community. The Pacific region faces many challenges including urbanisation, globalisation and climate change resulting in significant changes to the food environment, and consequently the health of these populations, particularly children and adolescents. Nutrition during childhood and adolescence can have a significant impact on short and long-term health outcomes. The behaviours that one learns during this time can set the scene for adulthood. In all regions of the Pacific, children are required to attend school, and while the age of exit from school education may vary, this setting provides a unique opportunity to educate and motivate a sizeable proportion of the community. The benefits of nutrition education can extend further than the classroom. Children and adolescents are well placed to influence their family and community, while teachers, school staff and the wider school community are also impacted by nutrition education. Considering how this education is delivered can also have wider impact on the community.

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Author: Dr Sarah Burkhart
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Organization: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO
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Year: 2019
ISBN: 978-92-5-131234-6
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Geographical coverage: Asia and the Pacific
Type: Report
Content language: English
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