Encouraging Fruit and Veg at your Local for Children

“This project focuses on food served to children at their local eating venue. Our overall aim is to improve nutritional options, which are cost effective, for meals away from home in Castlemaine.”

Dear Participant,

I invite you to participate in a research project entitled: Encouraging Fruit and Veg at your Local for Children. Paige and Jennifer are currently enrolled in the Masters of Dietetics program at Latrobe University in Bundoora, Melbourne, and are in the process of undertaking a research project combined with Castlemaine Health Dietitians.

The enclosed questionnaire has been designed to collect information on: the need/want for more fruit and vegetables on kid’s menus at local restaurants and pubs.

Your participation in this project is completely voluntary. You may decline altogether, or leave blank any questions you don’t wish to answer.

If you agree to participate in this project, please answer the questions on the questionnaire as best you can. It should take approximately 2 minutes to complete. Thank you for your assistance in this important endeavor.

Sincerely yours,

Paige North and Jenifer Tsoutsoulis

* 1. How old is your child/children?

* 2. How often do you eat out?

* 3. Would you prefer these options were included with kid’s meals?

E.g. Nuggets with chips and veg
E.g. Cut-up fruit and ice-cream

* 4. Would you be willing to pay extra and how much extra to include vegetables on your child’s meal?

* 5. Would you be willing to pay extra and how much extra to include fruit for dessert on your child’s meal?

* 6. Would you order your child a soft drink if it wasn't provided as a free addition to the main meal?

* 7. Would you prefer the soft drink to be substituted for water?

* 8. What other options would you like to see on the menu for kids?

* 9. Would you choose to eat out at a particular venue if the menu included vegetables and/or fruit as an option on kids menu?