Background/Aims: The importance of careful theory-based intervention planning is recognized for fruit and vegetable promotion. This paper describes the application of the Intervention Mapping (IM) protocol to develop the Pro Children intervention to promote consumption of fruit and vegetable among 10-to 13-year-old schoolchildren. Methods: Based on a needs assessment, promotion of intake of fruit and vegetable was split into performance objectives and related personal, social and environmental determinants. Crossing the performance objectives with related important and changeable determinants resulted in a matrix of learning and change objectives for which appropriate educational strategies were identified. Theoretically similar but culturally relevant interventions were designed, implemented and evaluated in Norway, the Netherlands and Spain during 2 school years. Results: Programme activities included provision of fruits and vegetables in the schools, guided classroom activities, computer-tailored feedback and advice for children, and activities to be completed at home with the family. Additionally, optional intervention components for community reinforcement included incorporation of mass media, school health services or grocery stores. School project committees were supported. Conclusion: The Pro Children intervention was carefully developed based on the IM protocol that resulted in a comprehensive school-based fruit and vegetable promotion programme, but culturally sensible and locally relevant. Copyright

Determinants of fruit and vegetable intake, Food habits, Intervention mapping, School setting,
Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Perez Rodrigo, C, Wind, M, Hildonen, C, Bjelland, M, Aranceta, J, Klepp, K.I, & Brug, J. (2005). The pro children intervention: Applying the intervention mapping protocol to develop a school-based fruit and vegetable promotion programme. Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism (Vol. 49, pp. 267–277). doi:10.1159/000087249