Impact of School Policy Implementation on Snack Consumption among Primary School Students in Depok, West Java

Untung Setiawan1), Evi Martha2), Kartika Setyaningsih Sunardi1)Ade Tzarina Prisella Purnamasari1), Farida Naftalin1), Eka Triana1)Lidya1), Leti Ratna Kusumawati1)


1)Masters Program in Public Health, Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Indonesia

2)Department of Health Policy and Administration, Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Indonesia



Background: School snacks are an issue that needs public attention, especially pa­rents, edu­­cator, and school manager. Snacks sold outside the school are often un­healthy and poten­ti­ally may cause poi­soning. A preliminary study at Beji 6 Public Pri­mary School, Depok, West Ja­va, showed that a lot of unhealthy snacks were sold near schools. This study aimed to exa­mine the impact of school policy implemen­ta­tion on snack consumption among primary school students in Depok, West Java.

Subjects and Method: A qualitative study was conducted at Beji 6Primary School, Depok, West Java, in May 2019. Six informants were selected in this study, including school princi­pal, teacher, students, school guard, school canteen sword, and snack trader outside school. The data were analyzed descriptively.

Results: School policy had only been implemented for the 6th grade students. The canteen at the Beji 6 Primary School, Depok, was lacking in space. Teachers, students, school guard, snack traders, were not aware of the school policy on snack consumption. School canteen had ne­ver received training on healthy school canteen. The school policy was not reinforced be­ca­use the school did not want to stop the income of the snack traders. School had coordinated with snack traders outside the school about the need to sell food with a healthy and safe pro­cess. Local health office and national agency of drug and food control had examined food sam­ple.

Conclusion: Implementation of school policy on snack consumption at Beji 6 Primary School, Depok, West Java, is limited. School management and local government need to pay atten­tion on school canteen.

Keywords: school policy, snack, primary school students

Correspondence: Untung Setiawan. Masters Program in Public Health, Faculty of Public Health, Univer­sitas Indo­ne­sia, Depok, West Java. Email: Mobile: 0856­2226094.


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