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Findings Series 27 - 'The Big Eat In'

Date: December 2010
Category: Briefing Paper
Author: GCPH

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This briefing paper highlights the findings of the evaluation of the Big Eat In pilot initiative.

The aim of the Big Eat In (BEI) was to encourage secondary 1 pupils to stay within school grounds at lunchtime to eat a healthy lunch and participate in a lunchtime activity. Eight secondary schools located in different areas of Glasgow volunteered to participate.

The findings of the pilot study among other things showed that S1 school meal uptake rates across the eight schools remained consistantly higher during the pilot year than during the previous academic year and also higher than uptake rates in other year groups.

The general consensus from theose that took part in the evaluation (including pupils, parents/carers, staff and volunteers) was that the BEI had been very successful, shoudl continue and should be extended to other schools in Glasgow and across Scotland.