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We are encouraged to consume 4-6 portions of fruit and vegetables each day. Investigate how this might be achieved.

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Introduction We are encouraged to consume 4-6 portions of fruit and vegetables each day. Investigate how this might be achieved. At each stage of the life cycle we are encouraged to consume 4-6 portions of fruit and vegetables a day. As it would be too hard to investigate all the stages of the life cycle. I am only going to choose one. The group that I have chosen to base my investigation on is teenagers. I chose this particular group as I, myself am a teenager and therefore I have a fairly good idea on what we, as teenagers like and dislike to eat. Another reason is that I am constantly surrounded by teenagers in school and that means that I will be able to retrieve the information and view points that I need to complete my investigation. THE ISSUES: * How can teenagers be encouraged to eat 4-6 portions of fruit and vegetables? * What is a teenagers daily eating habits? * Do they eat more fruit than veg or vice versa? * Do teenagers like fruit and vegetables? why? * How much fruit and veg do they consume daily? * Are fruit and veg readily available? * Do they have a large variety of fruit and veg? * Are teenagers encouraged to eat fruit and vegetables at home, school? * Who influences their eating habits? * Does colour/ texture/ and packaging matter when they buy food? * What is a portion? * Does it matter if fruit/ veg is fresh/ frozen/ liquid? * How can we make fruit and veg more appealing? * What foods are popular? * Why do we need to consume 4-6 portions of fruit and veg each day? The key issues For this investigation I am only going to look closely at three of the issues that I have highlighted in my introduction. The reason for doing this is that it would be very difficult and it would take a lot of time to collect and write up all the information needed. ...read more.


8. Collect questionnaires. 9. Analyze results. 10. Present results appropriately - To present the results I will use various graphs and pie charts that will be easy to read and understand 11. Discuss and analyze results. 12. Construct a conclusion. 13. Evaluate the questionnaire. Conclusion Overall I found that my primary investigation was extremely successful as I was able to retrieve all the information that I needed this was because; * I used the most reliable method to retrieve my answers. * I dispersed the correct amount of questionnaires and included the correct amount of answers as there is enough questions to get reliable results but there was not to much too analyze. * I included all the correct questions to get the information that I needed. * I targeted the write group i.e. teenagers The only negative factor to the way that I conducted my primary investigation was that I should have chosen a specific group of people as some of the boys that received the questionnaire did not take it seriously and answered the questionnaire with a very immature attitude. Although I believe that this would have been the same no matter when or what surroundings it was done under. The only way I could have improved my primary investigation would have been to choose the people that I gave my questionnaire to. This would have enabled me to know that the people I gave my questionnaire to were going to take it seriously and therefore have given me more precise results. Analysis In my primary investigation I constructed 25 questionnaires with 18 questions and I dispersed it to 25 random pupils in my English class. The questionnaire was based on questions that would answer my question; what are the eating habits of teenagers? and to give me a clearer picture of what foods are popular and what foods are not popular. ...read more.


My first issue was quite easy to investigate, as it was all mainly facts, which I was able to collect from web sites and books. I found this issue very interesting, as I was able to learn new facts as I carried out all my research into the topic. The second issue was how can we encourage teenagers to eat 4-6 portions of fruit and vegetables a day. Again I enjoyed investigating this, as I was able to get a clearer knowledge on what teenagers thought about fruit and vegetables, as this issue was mostly view points. Although I did find it difficult commenting on what people had said. The third and last issue was what are the eating habits of teenagers. For his I conducted a questionnaire, I found this to be the most strenuous issue as some participants did not take the questionnaire very seriously but it did give me a clearer knowledge of what teenagers are like and what influences their options. It was also difficult to decide what questions to include, as I needed to answer all my queries. I also found analysis quite stressful, as I had to sift through all the questionnaires and comment on my results. I found this section very tiring but it did help answer my initial question. When finding all the information that I needed I decided to turn to books and the internet. This provided a success, as I was abl to retrieve all the information I needed with out any difficulties. If I were to repeat this investigation I would try to include more personal opinions and add more questions to my questionnaire. I would do this because I found that some of the questions I had asked did not help answer my question. Cost per dish Carrot and orange soup = �2.31 Chinese vegetables and noodles = �3.22 Strawberry cheesecake = �3.89 Hot fruit kebabs and honeyed yogurt = �2.40 Strawberry and banana smoothie = �1.74 ...read more.

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