Sigitas Griškonis, Aiva Dabašinskienė, Birutė Strukčinskienė
The survey on teenagers’ nutrition was conducted in four KlaipedaCounty schools. In the survey participated 487 schoolchildren,aged 15 – 19 years (from 9 -12 forms): 223 (45.8%) boys and 264(54.2%) girls. In the study, 242 (49.7 %) respondents were fromhealth-promoting schools and 245 (50.3 %) – from the regularschools. Random cluster sample and Chi-square test were used,and the significance level p<0.05 was considered as statisticallysignificant. The study revealed that two times more schoolchildrenfrom health-promoting schools eat daily lunch at school whencompare with teenagers from regular schools. The schoolchildrenfrom health – promoting schools eat four or more times per day,while schoolchildren from regular schools – three times per day.From the regular schools more schoolchildren stated that in theirschool they could buy unhealthy food. Schoolchildren from healthpromotingschools more rare eat fast food, drink carbonated drinks,and more often eat soup, but eat less dark bread and less fresh fruitsthan that of teenagers from regular schools. While selecting mealsat school, only 10 % of schoolchildren from both types of schoolsthe priority give to the value of food for health. Teenagers from theregular schools more often discuss healthy nutrition issues with theirfamily, more often use a healthy diet, and have more knowledgeon healthy nutrition than teenagers from health-promoting schools;however schoolchildren from health-promoting schools are moreinclined to change their eating habits. The half of schoolchildrenfrom health-promoting schools and one third – from the regularschools prefer to learn on healthy nutrition during the lessons onhealthy lifestyle.
Keyword(s): nutrition, teenagers, health-promoting school, schoolchildren, healthy lifestyle
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