Journal Article

Strengthening environmental and educational nutrition programmes in worksite cafeterias and supermarkets in the Netherlands

I. H. M. Steenhuis, P. Van Assema and K. Glanz

in Health Promotion International

Volume 16, issue 1, pages 21-33
Published in print March 2001 | ISSN: 0957-4824
Published online March 2001 | e-ISSN: 1460-2245 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/heapro/16.1.21
Strengthening environmental and educational nutrition programmes in worksite cafeterias and supermarkets in the Netherlands

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The purpose of this study was to assess conditions for the adoption and continued implementation of different healthy nutrition programmes in worksite cafeterias and supermarkets, i.e. an educational programme and two environmental programmes (a food labelling programme and a food supply programme). Twenty semi-structured interviews were conducted with representatives of worksite cafeterias and supermarkets. Concepts of theories of diffusion were used as a framework for the study. Questions were formulated about the attributes of the innovation, and organizational and personal characteristics that might influence programme adoption and implementation. Results indicated that educational and environmental programmes in both worksite cafeterias and supermarkets should meet specific requirements regarding programme design, methods and materials in order to be adopted and implemented. Besides, some important implementation strategies of the educational and environmental programmes were identified. It is concluded that it seems feasible to conduct educational and environmental intervention programmes in worksite cafeterias and supermarkets, but that certain conditions for adoption and continued implementation have to be met. Based on the implications of this study, the development of an educational programme, a labelling programme and a food supply programme was completed.

Keywords: diffusion of innovation; nutrition; supermarket; worksite cafeteria

Journal Article.  7477 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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