Myanmar Health Sciences Research Journal
Volume 27, Number 3
TITLE: Healthy Eating: Teachers’ Perspective and Students’ Practice in Monastic Education Schools and Basic Education Primary Schools, Mingalardon Township
AUTHOR: Chomar Kaung Myint, Cho Thet Khaing, Saw Saw, Min Ko Ko, Aye Sandar Mon & Nay Soe Maung
SOURCE: Myanmar Health Sciences Research Journal, Vol. 27, No. 3, 2015
ABSTRACT: The cross-sectional comparative study was conducted by using quantitative and qualitative methods in Mingalardon Township, Yangon Region in 2013. The study aimed to compare knowledge and healthy eating practices between Monastic Education schools (MES) and Basic Education Primary schools (BEPS). Face-to-face interviews were done with fifth grade students of five MES and five BEPS by using structured questionnaire. Altogether 218 students from BEPS and 240 students from MES participated in the study. Eight key Informant interviews (KIIs) and thirteen in-depth interviews were done with MES and BEPS teachers. Majority (92%) of BEPS students and 65% of MES students correctly responded that there were 3 kinds of food groups and identified the name of food groups. Multiple logistic regression revealed that knowledge on food groups OR=3.69 (95% CI=1.59-8.56), is determinant of healthy eating practice of grade five students. The interview findings with teachers showed that those readymade packets are the most available food around the school. Most of teachers are very willing to teach healthy eating practice to the students. Some of the students could relay the messages to the parents through them. However, according to student’s parents’ economic condition (or afford-ability), the ability to prepare lunch/food are different. Even economically underprivileged people should know healthy eating practices which are not costly. By providing life skill training to the teachers (especially to MES teachers), supporting teaching materials and keeping the school environment free of unhealthy food will favor the health of school children.
SUBJECT HEADINGS: Healthy food eating practice, Primary school children