Eating at school
Eating habits, both good and bad, are acquired early in life and have an influence on health. From nursery school through high school, two out of every three children on average - over 7 million French children - eat at the school cafeteria at least once a week. See the Agency's work on school meals and snacks.
Both good and bad eating habits are acquired from the earliest years and have a lasting effect on health. From nursery school to high school, an average of two pupils out of three, or more than 7 million children, eat school meals in France at least once a week. Improving the menus of school meals in terms of both nutritional quality and safety is therefore a priority for public health. The Agency is acutely aware of the importance of this public health issue and has undertaken several series of studies to assess school meals attendance and the nutritional quality of the meals served.
Eating habits acquired during childhood and adolescence are largely learnt at home and only to a lesser extent at school. These habits have a major influence on later behaviour. In this context, the Agency has issued several Opinions and Recommendations concerning morning snacks offered to children at school.
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