Management in Health, Vol 20, No 3 (2016)

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Do Kindergartens With Extended Schedule Cover the Caloric and Macronutrients Needs of the Preschoolers?

Roxana M. HADMAȘ, Ștefan A. MARTIN, Mihaela I. ERDÖS

Abstract


Childhood nutrition is a decisive factor in determining the health status in the early years but also through adulthood and the entire life.

Aims: The purpose of this paper is to analyze children`s nutrition in kindergarten and to see if the intake of macronutrients and calories does, or does not, comply with the requirements set up by law.

Methods: A retrospective, observational analytical study was conducted between February and April 2016 in Tîrgu Mureș, Romania. The results are based on the analysis of 70 menus prepared in 7 kindergartens with extended schedule from Tîrgu Mureș.

Results: All the analyzed kindergartens (100%) have been observed to exceed the daily average requirement of calories and macronutrients. According to the Ministry of Health, 75% of the daily needs should be covered by the menus offered by kindergartens with extended schedule, 2 of the institutions, offer menus that exceed the protein requirement for a 24 hour period, 4 of the institutions offer menus that exceed the fat requirement for 24 hour and in all 7 institutions (100%), the menus exceed the daily carbohydrates requirements.

Conclusions: The menus from the analyzed kindergartens present a clear imbalance of macronutrients proportions and they do not comply with the current legal requirements for the nutrition of preschoolers.

 

Keywords: infant, nutrition, kindergarten, energy intake, macronutrients

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