"Our school cafeteria"

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“Our school cafeteria” is a nationwide public health nutrition initiative of the Federal Ministry of Health to improve the food offered in Austrian school cafeterias. The long-term objectives of the initiative are the sustainable optimization of the food offered in school cafeterias in accordance with the “Guideline for School Cafeteria”, the promotion of client satisfaction and the maintenance of economic efficiency.

Evaluation of the initiative

The aim of the evaluation was to continuously monitor the quality of the measures rolled-out during the phases of planning and implementation as well as to monitor the overall efficacy of the initiative. The methodical approach was based on a combination of quantitative and qualitative research methods.

During the evaluation period 273 school cafeterias participated in the initiative and nearly 200.000 students were able to benefit from the improved offer of food. The evaluation of the initiative showed that the optimization of the food offered in the cafeterias was well accepted by the students and that it resulted in a larger variety and a better visual positioning of healthy food. The majority of the participating cafeteria companies welcomed the initiative as well as the supporting measures (e.g. free of charge on-site coaching, marketing material, website www.unserschulbuffet.at). Cafeteria owners agreed that the initiative lead to an improvement of consumer satisfaction without negatively impacting economic efficiency. The supporting of cafeteria owners using standardized yet individually adjusted on-site coaching was identified to be the key success factor.

The initiative “Our school cafeteria” contributed to a significant improvement of the food offered in Austrian school cafeterias.

“Our school cafeteria” is a nationwide public health nutrition initiative of the Federal Ministry of Health to improve the food offered in Austrian school cafeterias. The long-term objectives of the initiative are the sustainable optimization of the food offered in school cafeterias in accordance with the “Guideline for School Cafeteria”, the promotion of client satisfaction and the maintenance of economic efficiency.

Evaluation of the initiative

The aim of the evaluation was to continuously monitor the quality of the measures rolled-out during the phases of planning and implementation as well as to monitor the overall efficacy of the initiative. The methodical approach was based on a combination of quantitative and qualitative research methods.

During the evaluation period 273 school cafeterias participated in the initiative and nearly 200.000 students were able to benefit from the improved offer of food. The evaluation of the initiative showed that the optimization of the food offered in the cafeterias was well accepted by the students and that it resulted in a larger variety and a better visual positioning of healthy food. The majority of the participating cafeteria companies welcomed the initiative as well as the supporting measures (e.g. free of charge on-site coaching, marketing material, website www.unserschulbuffet.at). Cafeteria owners agreed that the initiative lead to an improvement of consumer satisfaction without negatively impacting economic efficiency. The supporting of cafeteria owners using standardized yet individually adjusted on-site coaching was identified to be the key success factor.

The initiative “Our school cafeteria” contributed to a significant improvement of the food offered in Austrian school cafeterias.

Guideline for School Cafeteria

Guideline for School Cafeteria

Currently only avaliable in German.

Die "Leitlinie Schulbuffet" enthält ernährungswissenschaftliche Empfehlungen für ein gesundheitsförderliches Speisen- und Getränkeangebot an österreichischen Schulbuffets und wurde von ExpertInnen im Bereich Ernährung und öffentliche Gesundheit, unter anderem von der AGES, unter Einbindung der betroffenen Verkehrskreise und der nationalen Ernährungskommission erarbeitet. Die "Leitlinie Schulbuffet" wurde im Jahr 2011 vom Bundesministerium für Gesundheit veröffentlicht.

Die Leitlinie enthält Empfehlungen für elf Warengruppen, wie beispielsweise Getränke und Backwaren, sowie Tipps zu deren Umsetzung. Bei der Zusammensetzung des Warenkorbs sind Mengenverhältnisse sowie die Präsentation der Produkte wesentlich. Es wurde auf Verbote verzichtet, so sind beispielsweise auch Süßigkeiten und Mehlspeisen am Schulbuffet erlaubt, jedoch in geringerer Menge. Gesundheitsförderliche Waren sollen im Vordergrund präsentiert werden, um sie für SchülerInnen sichtbar zu machen.

School Cafeterias

School Cafeterias

Currently only available in German.

Im Rahmen der Initiative "Unser Schulbuffet" wurden in den Jahren 2011-2014 österreichweit Buffetbetriebe an mehr als 300 Standorten betreut. Mehr als 250 Standorte erfüllten den Großteil der Empfehlungen der "Leitlinie Schulbuffet" und konnten somit vom mobilen Team ausgezeichnet werden. Der Zugang zu einem gesundheitsförderlichen Warenangebot wurde mehr als 200.000 SchülerInnen ermöglicht.

Um ein "ausgezeichnetes" Warenangebot langfristig sicherzustellen, wurde den ausgezeichneten Buffetbetrieben im Zuge einer Reevaluierung nach einem Jahr die Möglichkeit gegeben, ihr Schulbuffet erneut auszeichnen zu lassen. In den Jahren 2011-2014 konnte knapp 170 Betrieben die Auszeichnung erneut verliehen werden. Zudem gab es besonders engagierte BetreiberInnen, die seit dem Start an der Initiative teilnahmen und zum bereits 3. Mal ausgezeichnet werden konnten.

Evaluation

Evaluation

During the evaluation period 273 school cafeterias participated in the initiative and nearly 200.000 students were able to benefit from the improved offer of food. The evaluation of the initiative showed that the optimization of the food offered in the cafeterias was well accepted by the students and that it resulted in a larger variety and a better visual positioning of healthy food. The majority of the participating cafeteria companies welcomed the initiative as well as the supporting measures (e.g. free of charge on-site coaching, marketing material, website www.unserschulbuffet.at).

Cafeteria owners agreed that the initiative lead to an improvement of consumer satisfaction without negatively impacting economic efficiency. The supporting of cafeteria owners using standardized yet individually adjusted on-site coaching was identified to be the key success factor.

The initiative “Our school cafeteria” contributed to a significant improvement of the food offered in Austrian school cafeterias.

 

 

Links

Links

Futher information

Initiative “Our school Cafeteria" (only available in German): www.unserschulbuffet.at

Contact: http://unserschulbuffet.at/kontakt/


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