The food and drink available to children in the schools was analysed from a quantitative and qualitative point of view. The project evaluated the amount of energy and nutrients ingested in the dining hall and the adequacy of both. It also evaluated quality as perceived by the users of the dining hall, in relation to both the foods on offer and the environment.
The evidence suggests that prevention is more effective than treatment alone. This cannot be achieved by relying solely on personal responsibility; it is essential that planned measures are taken within the social, economic and cultural environments to promote strategies for the adoption of adequate eating and physical activity habits.
The results from the pilot phase of the programme provided information about the current state of school dining halls and children’s diets. The analysis of these results produced data that indicated the correct measures to take to prevent obesity and slow the current upward trend. The data confirms that the PERSEO Pilot Programme strategy has an impact on the key strategy design objectives.
PERSEO´s objectives are to increase the consumption of fruit and vegetables, to reduce the consumption of fats, to increase levels of physical activity and to reduce sedentariness, both in school as well as outside it.
The results of the programme’s first evaluation have shown that PERSEO´s strategies can improve the state of Spanish children’s nutrition.