This paper aims to present and evaluate a software that uses an evolutionary strategy to design weekly nutritional menus for School Feeding. The software ensures the nutritional needs of students and also minimizes the total cost of the menu. We based our nutritional needs on the Brazilian National School Feeding Programme (PNAE). This program takes into account: (i) the age of the student; (ii) some preparations issues as color, consistency and, variety; and also (iii) the maximum amount to be paid per meal. Our software generates, in less than five minutes, a set of menus, and the nutritionist can choose the menu that suits his/her best. We evaluate our algorithm using the Weighted-Sum approach, and our results show that the obtained 5-days menus using the proposed methodology not only comply with the restrictions imposed by the authorities but also produce inexpensive and healthy menus. We also appraise the software itself using an opinion pool among nine nutritionists. The professionals considered our software above expectations.
|Title of host publication||Applications of Evolutionary Computation - 21st International Conference, EvoApplications 2018, Proceedings|
|Number of pages||17|
|Publication status||Published - 8 Mar 2018|
|Event||21st International Conference on Applications of Evolutionary Computation, EvoApplications 2018 - parma, Italy|
Duration: 4 Apr 2018 → 6 Apr 2018
|Name||Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)|
|Conference||21st International Conference on Applications of Evolutionary Computation, EvoApplications 2018|
|Period||4/04/18 → 6/04/18|
Bibliographical note© 2018 Springer Publishing. This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Applications of Evolutionary Computation. The final authenticated version is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-77538-8_59.
Funding: CEFET-MG, CNPq, FAPEMIG and CAPES.
- Evolutionary computation
- Food technology
- Menu Planning
- Public health informatics
- School feeding