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Evaluation of Food Provision and Nutrition Support at the London 2012 Olympic Games: the Opinion of Sports Nutrition Experts.

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Record Number 511665
ISSN 1526484X
Item Type Serial Article
Electronic resource
Creator Name Pelly, Fiona E. Faculty of Science, Health and Education, University of the Sunshine Coast, Maroochydore, Australia.
Title Evaluation of Food Provision and Nutrition Support at the London 2012 Olympic Games the Opinion of Sports Nutrition Experts.
Published 2014
Content Type text
Media Type computer
Carrier Type online resource
Notes Not yet assigned to a print issue, published ahead of print 2014 Jun 5.
Summary The aim of this study was to evaluate the food provision and nutrition support at the London 2012 Olympic (OG) and Paralympic Games (PG) from the perspective of sports nutrition experts attending the event. Participants (n=15) were asked to complete an online survey and rate on a Likert scale menu qualities, food safety, sustainability practices, nutrition labelling, and provision for cultural needs, dietary regimes and specific situations. Open-ended responses were incorporated to explore expert opinion and areas for improvement. Participants rated their overall experience of the food provision as 7.6 out of 10(range 5 – 10), with the majority (n=11) rating it greater than 7. Thevariety, accessibility, presentation, temperature and freshness of menu items rated as average to good. A below average rating was received for recovery food and beverages, provision of food for travelling to other venues, taking suitable snacks out of the dining hall and provision of food at other venues. However, the variety and accessibility of choices for Ramadan, and provision of post-competition food were rated highly. A number of comments were received about the lack of gluten free and lower energy/fat items. The inclusion of allergens on nutrition labelling was considered more important than nutrient content. While dietetic review of the menu in advance of the OG and PG is clearly a valuable process that has resulted in improvements in the food supply, there are still areas that need to be addressed that are currently not implemented during the event. Authors.
Subjects Athlete
Olympic Games
Added Author Nanna L. Meyer, nana L., Department of Health Sciences, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Pearce, Jenni, High Performance Sport, Auckland, New Zealand
Burkhart, Sarah Jan, School of Health and Sport Sciences, University of the Sunshine Coast, Maroochydore, Australia
Louise Mary Burke, Louise Mary, Sports Nutrition, Australian Institute of Sport, Canberra, Australia
Host entry International Journal Of Sport Nutrition And Exercise Metabolism Currently not yet assigned an issue, published ahead of print 2014 Jun5.
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