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Assessing the effect of changes in school-milk and school-meals policy over short periods of time

Roberto J. Rona and Susan Chinn

in The National Study of Health and Growth

Published in print July 1999 | ISBN: 9780192629197
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191723612 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192629197.003.0013
Assessing the effect of changes in school-milk and school-meals policy over short periods of time

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Changes in government policy on school milk led to funding for the NSHG. Hence, efforts were made to compare cohorts of children who had or had not received school milk at around seven years of age. No consistent relation between height gain and receipt of school milk was found. Changes in school meal provision also took place. Uptake of school meals was high amongst children of families in receipt of welfare benefits up until 1987, but plummeted in 1988 following loss of entitlement to free school meals for children of families in receipt of Family Credit. No effect of receipt of school meals on rate of growth was detected, but children receiving a free meal were shorter on average than other children.

Keywords: growth; Family Credit; meals; milk; uptake; welfare benefits

Chapter.  2355 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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