To develop a holistic model for a health-promoting, affordable, and socially acceptable school meal plan optimized for environmental sustainability (greenhouse gas emissions). The project constitutes collaboration between Karolinska Institutet (the hosting university), the National Food Agency, and the Metropolitan University College, Copenhagen.
1) Assessment of dietary habits among a representative sample of 3000 Swedish school children (Riksmaten ungdom) and relation to school meal quality -
STATUS July 2019 - a manuscript describing the results is under review.
2) A new module in SkolmatSverige to monitor lunch consumption and food waste at school and municipality.
STATUS July 2019 - version 2 is in place, version 3 will be published 1/8.
3) A linear programming model for identification of food baskets optimized for greenhouse gas emissions simultaneously including nutritional adequacy, health impact, and cost and relevant to the Swedish context.
STATUS July 2019 - a manuscript describing this has been submitted to a journal and is under review.
4) Concrete sample menus, which will be tested for acceptability to students and for economic viability in a municipality.
STATUS July 2019 - these have been tested in three schools in the Stockholm region in March/April 2019. A manuscript describing the results is being written now.
5) Interviews with teachers, students and kitchen staff in order to explore their views on sustainability and willingness to be part of a sustainable solution for the school meal sector.
STATUS July 2019 - these have been performed. Analysis will start after the summer.
Based on these findings a set of generalized guidelines for future school meals will be developed.
In addition to the progress documented above, in June 2019 we held a stakeholder meeting with the schools and municipality involved in the intervention study and presented some preliminary results.
We also presented the project at a seminar held at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine:
Our first meeting was held at Karolinska Institutet in March 2017. Our second was held by video conference in November 2018.
Picture from meeting #1:
Please contact Emma Patterson.
Link to project on Researchgate.