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Evaluation of the PhunkyFoods programme

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Evaluation of the PhunkyFoods programme

The PhunkyFoods programme is an initiative, launched in 2005 by Purely Nutrition Ltd, to support schools in teaching primary children about healthy eating and physical activity. The programme comprises training sessions for teachers as well as lesson plans and resources, and it seeks to deliver key messages in a light-hearted and fun manner through art, drama, music, play and practical experience with food. Schools can deliver the programme in a variety of ways, with different year groups, and for varying lengths of time. By September 2007, approximately 300 primary schools will be involved in the programme, 150 of which will be using PhunkyFoods for the first time.


By NFER, UK.


Health Policy Resource.


Further evaluation of the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme

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Further evaluation of the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme

In 2003 the New Opportunities Fund commissioned NFER, in partnership with nutritionists from the University of Leeds, to evaluate the impact of the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme (SFVS) regional roll-out. Findings indicated that fruit consumption increased (by about half a portion a day) among children participating in the scheme, but there did not appear to be any wider impact on diet, and increased consumption was not sustained when children’s participation in the scheme came to an end. However, year 3 pupils tested had been in the scheme for only four months, and it was thought possible that the SFVS might have a longer-term impact on children who were exposed to the scheme for a greater period of time. The Department of Health (DH) commissioned NFER to undertake research to test this hypothesis and explore the impact of the SFVS further. The follow-up survey was carried out in November 2006, two years after the previous survey, so the year 3 pupils at that time would have been involved in the scheme for two years and four months.


By NFER,UK.


Health Policy Resource.


The scale and nature of family violence in New Zealand: a review and evaluation of knowledge

This report was commissioned from the Crime and Justice Research Centre (CJRC) to provide a comprehensive review of what is known about the nature and scale of family violence in New Zealand, and to assess the quality of the evidence. The review was intended to support the Taskforce for Action on Violence within Families


By Ministry of Social Development,New Zealand.


Family and Children Policy Resource.


The Future Hospital: The politics of change

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The Future Hospital: The politics of change

Health care needs to adapt as health needs change and as the technologies and techniques of delivering modern care develop. As our previous report The Future Hospital: The progressive case for change (Farrington-Douglas with Brooks 2007) explained, the model of health care provision needs to change, with wideranging effects on the location and functions of district hospitals. By Joe Farrington-Douglas with Richard Brooks.


By  IPPR, UK.


Health Policy Resource.