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Revista chilena de nutrición

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CERVATO-MANCUSO, Ana Maria; MORAES DA SILVA, Gabriela  and  PAVA CARDENAS, Alexandra. Focus group with nutritionists working in school food: the menu as a teaching element. Rev. chil. nutr. [online]. 2013, vol.40, n.3, pp.250-255. ISSN 0717-7518.

The debate over school feeding (SF) and its impact on the epidemiological profile requires the formulation of regulatory actions and educational planning. This study aimed to discuss the menu management and recognition in the educational aspect of the SF. This was a qualitative study involving nutritionists working at the SF network of neighboring municipalities of the Greater São Paulo, whose data collection used focus group and analysis followed the approach of thematic networks. At the moment to mention the planned educational strategies, the participants emphasized not having done as desired due to overwork and although the menu management is of great concern, it is not recognized as an educational tool. The interpretation of education can be recognized as formal and explicit actions; however, menu management transcends traditional communication channels, by focusing on consumption as a time of learning and promoting healthy eating habits, contributing and reinforcing the prevention of obesity at the school environment.

Keywords : School feeding; menu planning; nutrition programs; school health; obesity.

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