Economic evaluation of a web-based menu planning intervention to improve childcare service adherence with dietary guidelines.

In this study, a web-based menu planning tool, feedAustralia, aimed to increase provision of healthy foods and decrease provision of discretionary foods in long day-care services in Australia. A cost-consequence analysis (CCA) and cost-effectiveness analyses (CEA) provided data to allow decision makers to select strategies that will have the greatest impact given available resources. This study found that, compared to usual practice, web-based programmes may offer an efficient and sustainable alternative for childcare services to improve the provision of healthy foods to children in their care.