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SCHOOLTHY: Automatic Menu Planner for Healthy and Balanced School Meals

Segredo, Eduardo; Miranda, Gara; Ramos, Juan Manuel; Leon, Coromoto; Rodriguez-Leon, Casiano


Eduardo Segredo

Gara Miranda

Juan Manuel Ramos

Coromoto Leon

Casiano Rodriguez-Leon


SCHOOLTHY: Automatic Menu Planner for Healthy and Balanced School Meals is a decision support tool that addresses the multi-objective menu planning problem in order to automatically produce meal plans for school canteens. Malnutrition is a widespread problem nowadays and is particularly serious when it affects children. In our environment, nutrition experts design healthy and balanced meal plans for children manually, which leaves significant room for improvement in terms of convenience and efficiency. SCHOOLTHY is presented herein as a proposal to improve and facilitate the work of these professionals. We focus on offering healthy and balanced meal plans that not only satisfy the recommended energy and nutrient intakes, but that also have a minimum cost and maximum variety of courses and food groups. Quantitative analyses that compare the meal plans yielded by SCHOOLTHY for meal plans designed by experts at hand and served in regional schools demonstrate the suitability of the proposal. Finally, we note that, thanks to its flexibility, SCHOOLTHY might be easily adapted to deal with other environments, such as hospitals, prisons and retirement homes, among others.


Segredo, E., Miranda, G., Ramos, J. M., Leon, C., & Rodriguez-Leon, C. (2020). SCHOOLTHY: Automatic Menu Planner for Healthy and Balanced School Meals. IEEE Access, 8, 113200-113218.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Jun 17, 2020
Publication Date 2020
Deposit Date Sep 2, 2020
Publicly Available Date Sep 2, 2020
Journal IEEE Access
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 8
Pages 113200-113218
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