Practice and Challenges towards Healthy Cafeteria in Selangor, Malaysia

  • Nuraini Amirah Salhadi Centre of Nutrition and Dietetics, Faculty of Health Sciences, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
  • Mohd Ramadan Ab Hamid Centre of Nutrition and Dietetics, Faculty of Health Sciences, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.
  • Noor Suzana Osman Department of Healthcare Professionals, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Management and Science University, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.
  • Norazmir Md Nor Centre of Nutrition and Dietetics, Faculty of Health Sciences, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.
Keywords: Dietary intake, Healthy Eating, Cafeteria Operator

Abstract

Dietary intake is directly affected by the availability of food choices at the cafeteria. Understanding the issues among cafeteria operators in providing healthy eating environment is vital. Thus, a qualitative study was conducted to identify the practice and barriers among cafeteria operators in Selangor. Eleven food handlers were recruited by a convenience sampling. This study revealed respondents have similar understanding of healthy cafeteria and challenges faced by them were making sure every staff has the correct understanding of healthy foods and financial constraint. Respondents suggested to provide training on food handling and health promotion campaign.

Keywords: Dietary intake, Healthy Eating, Cafeteria Operator

eISSN 2398-4279 © 2018. The Authors. Published for AMER ABRA cE-Bs by e-International Publishing House, Ltd., UK. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/). Peer–review under responsibility of AMER (Association of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers), ABRA (Association of Behavioural Researchers on Asians) and cE-Bs (Centre for Environment-Behaviour Studies), Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia. 

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2018-07-20
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