Meal Planning as a Strategy to Support Healthy Eating

Meal Planning as a Strategy to Support Healthy Eating

Meal Planning as a Strategy to Support Healthy Eating

Meal Planning as a Strategy to Support Healthy Eatings

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Fernandez, Melissa, Desroches, Sophie, Marquis, Marie et Provencher, Véronique. 2020. «Meal Planning as a Strategy to Support Healthy Eating ». Nutrition - Science en évolution, vol. 17, no 3, p. 12-16.

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1. Objectifs

Intentions :
«This paper will summarize the available literature on the importance of meal planning as a strategy to support healthy eating. Furthermore, data from the Skills Study, evaluating a mass media campaign to promote meal planning, will be presented. Finally, implications for research and practice to support patients and the public in meal planning will be discussed.» (p. 13)

2. Méthode

Échantillon/Matériau :
«In 2013, Health Canada launched a year-long mass media campaign with the main objective of promoting the importance of meal planning for healthy eating to Canadian parents. The Skills Study was a collaboration between researchers from the Université Laval and the Université de Montréal that aimed to evaluate the impacts of the Eat Well Campaign: Food Skills (EWC) on Canadians. A cross-section of Canadian parents were surveyed towards the end of the campaign to assess awareness of the EWCs key elements and perceptions of campaign messages. […] A total of 964 parents from across Canada responded to the survey.» (p. 14)

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Type de traitement des données :
Analyse statistique

3. Résumé

The article gives different examples of studies made on meal planning. For instance, «[i]n a citizen participation initiative with over 1100 parents in Quebec, lack of time was identified as the primary barrier to healthy family meals (33%), followed by taste and preferences of family members (17%), and budget and costs (15%). Poor planning was considered as the primary reason for unfavourable meal preparation circumstances by 28% of parents and 38% reported improvising when supper wasn’t planned.» (p. 13) The results of the Skills Study show that «[p]arents living in Vancouver, Winnipeg, and Toronto reported the lowest awareness to the campaign, whereas parents living in Quebec City and rural Quebec reported the highest. These results indicate that there was a high level of variability in exposure to the EWC depending on sociodemographic characteristics, particularly regionally.» (p. 14)