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Implementation of a Cooking Bus intervention to support cooking in schools in Wales, UK

Segrott, Jeremy ORCID:, Holliday, Joanne, Murphy, Simon ORCID:, MacDonald, Sarah ORCID:, Roberts, Joan ORCID: and Moore, Laurence 2017. Implementation of a Cooking Bus intervention to support cooking in schools in Wales, UK. Health Education 117 (3) , pp. 234-251. 10.1108/HE-06-2014-0073

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Purpose The teaching of cooking is an important aspect of school-based efforts to promote healthy diets among children, and is frequently done by external agencies. Within a limited evidence base relating to cooking interventions in schools, there are important questions about how interventions are integrated within school settings. This paper examines how a mobile classroom (Cooking Bus) sought to strengthen connections between schools and cooking, and drawing on the concept of the sociotechnical network, theorises the interactions between the Bus and school contexts. Design/methodology/approach Methods comprised a postal questionnaire to 76 schools which had received a Bus visit, and case studies of the Bus’ work in five schools, including a range of school sizes and urban/rural locations. Case studies comprised observation of Cooking Bus sessions, and interviews with school staff. Findings The Cooking Bus forged connections with schools through aligning intervention and schools’ goals, focusing on pupils’ cooking skills, training teachers, and contributing to schools’ existing cooking-related activities. The Bus expanded its socio-technical network through post-visit integration of cooking activities within schools, particularly teachers’ use of intervention cooking kits. Research limitations/implications The paper highlights the need for research on the long-term impacts of school cooking interventions, and better understanding of the interaction between interventions and school contexts. Originality/value This paper adds to the limited evidence base on school-based cooking interventions by theorising how cooking interventions relate to school settings, and how they may achieve integration.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement (DECIPHer)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Publisher: Emerald
ISSN: 0965-4283
Funders: MRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 26 April 2017
Date of Acceptance: 7 January 2015
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2023 18:52

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