Digital Public Defence: Anne Himberg-Sundet

M.Sc Anne Himberg-Sundet at Institute of Basic Medical Sciences will be defending the thesis Exploring Food Environment related factors in Norwegian kindergartens and their role in vegetable promotion for the degree of PhD (Philosophiae Doctor).

The public defence will be held as a video conference over Zoom.

The defence will follow regular procedure as far as possible, hence it will be open to the public and the audience can ask ex auditorio questions when invited to do so.

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Due to copyright reasons, an electronic copy of the thesis must be ordered from the faculty. In order for the faculty to have time to process the order, it must be received by the faculty no later than 2 days prior to the public defence. Orders received later than 2 days before the defence will not be processed. Inquiries regarding the thesis after the public defence must be addressed to the candidate.

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Adjudication committee

  • First opponent: Assistant Professor Jessica Gubbels, Maastricht University
  • Second opponent: Associate professor Helga Bjørnøy Urke, University of Bergen
  • Third member and chair of the evaluation committee: Professor Gunnar Tellnes, University of Oslo

Chair of the Defence

Professor Marit B. Veierød, University of Oslo

Principal Supervisor

Professor Nanna Lien, University of Oslo


Despite clear health benefits and recommendations, consumption of vegetables in children remains far too low. Although many studies have focused on increasing vegetable intake by children aged up to 5 years, only a few studies have focused on how to make sustainable and supportive changes in the kindergarten environment to promote vegetable intake.

In the present project, we designed, implemented and evaluated the BRA study (an acronym for the Norwegian words Barnehage [kindergarten], gRønnsaker [vegetables] and fAmilie [family]), a kindergarten based intervention to promote and increase vegetable intake of children aged 3-5 years, and to make supportive and sustainable changes in the kindergarten and home environments to promote vegetable intake. Specifically, in this PhD-project, we investigated association of factors in the kindergarten environment with vegetables served and eaten, evaluated the effect of the intervention on vegetables served, and explored associations between workplace climate and culture in the kindergartens and the staff’s food-related practices and vegetables served, and the mediating role of staff’s food-related practices.

We found that factors in the economic environment might be important with regard to vegetables served and eaten, as well as some factors in the political environment. Also, some factors in the workplace climate and culture in the kindergarten seemed to be associated with the staff’s food-related practices, and the frequency and variety of vegetables served. Further, the evaluation of the intervention showed that the BRA-study was successful in increasing the variety and amount of vegetables served in the kindergartens.

In conclusion, this PhD thesis highlighted several aspects within the kindergarten food environment that can affect the promotion of vegetables to children aged 3-5 years, which should be further investigated to understand how to make sustainable changes in the kindergarten’s food environment.

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Published Mar. 10, 2021 12:59 PM - Last modified Mar. 29, 2021 12:34 PM